Dr Luke Ward
Luke completed his BA(Hons) degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Northampton. He then continued to study for his MSc in Counselling Children and Young People, also at Northampton, where he began his clinical practice, volunteering at The Lowdown (a local charity providing free counselling to young people). He now specialises in working with developmental trauma. He has also volunteered as a youth leader for an LGBTQ+ youth group and has provided training for charities, schools, and therapy services on supporting LGBTQ+ young people. Luke is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Luke completed his PhD at the University of Stirling in 2021, focusing on the regulation of gender identities for non-binary youth. Luke is interested in identity work, particularly genders and sexualities, and using creative methods within therapy.
PhD – University of Stirling – 2021
MSc Counselling Children and Young People – University of Northampton – 2017
BA(Hons) Psychology with Philosophy – University of Northampton – 2012
Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (377986)
Developmental Trauma for Professionals (12 hours) – Beacon House – 2022
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting (4 days) – Level One – 2022
Mental Health First Aider – Mental Health First Aid England (2021)
Trans and Non-Binary Training Day (6.5 hours) – Professor Christina Richards – 2019
Developmental and Relational Trauma (6.5 hours) – Dr Karen Treisman – 2018
Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young People (3 days) – Kathryn Weaver (specialist nurse practitioner, NHS) – 2016
Introduction to Trans Awareness (4 hours) – Gendered Intelligence – 2016
Ward, L. (2021). Young people’s experiences of non-binary genders. Psychology of Sexualities Review 12(2), 35-48.
Ward, L., & Dann, C. (2020). Exploring RuPaul’s Drag Race as a platform for public debate: Conforming and resisting idealised notions of drag (commentary). Psychology of Women's Review, 3(1 & 2), 82-85.