Paul Galbally

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Paul Galbally


Ask me about
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Family
  • Parental Seperation
  • Family Therapy
  • Mental Health


I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist, who is registered and accredited with the United Kingdom's largest professional accreditation board, The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am trained to work with individuals, couples and family units. I currently work as a family therapist and manage a small team of practitioners at a children's charity. I am also in year 4 of 4 of a professional doctorate in Applied Psychology at the University of Essex.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology University of Essex (2011)

  • MA Relationship Therapy University of Hull (2014 )

  • MBACP (Accred.) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2015)

Research and professional activities


Its a Family Affair - How is family defined and talked about in separated families: A discursive approach to parental conflict, family membership and family therapy practice implications.

The research aim to understand how parents conceptualise family after separating with a partner and if parental conflict intensity affects this definition. Family membership was often determined through levels of conflict in the system, with high conflict families often defining separate units or excluding the other parent. I want to understand if family members do not always establish consensual membership criteria when brought together in therapy, can this impact treatment?

Supervisor: Professor Gillian Green , Dr. Ewen Speed

Research interests

Family Membership and post-separation parental conflict

The aim of this research is to gain understanding of how parents conceptualise family after separating with a partner, and if levels of parental conflict affects this. During my work as a family therapist, I have noticed many referrals for families undergoing parental separation or experiencing increased conflict between historically separated parents. I became aware that family membership was often determined relative to conflict levels within the system.



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Monday and Friday