Dr Sarah Goldsworthy

Senior Lecturer in Coaching Psychology

I joined the University of Bedfordshire as a mature student in 2005 and graduated from with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2008. After studying Counselling and Psychotherapy at Regents College in London, I returned to the University of Bedfordshire to carry out doctoral research and was awarded my PhD in 2015.

I have also provided research consultancy to the Open University, where I worked on a project investigating public perceptions of a good death. My recent research has investigated practitioners’ views of the boundaries between coaching and counselling. The studies aimed to whether discrete areas of practice could be clearly identified.

I am a BPS registered Coaching Psychologist.



  • PhD – University of Bedfordshire - 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Bedfordshire (2008)

  • Senior Lecturer in Coaching Psychology
  • Unit co-ordinator – Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Unit co-ordinator – Psychological Coaching and Therapies
  • Unit co-ordinator – Coaching Psychology

  • Understanding the boundaries between coaching and counselling.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of peer coaching to enhance well-being and resilience.
  • Working with strengths to improve psychological well-being.
  • The effect of internet use on psychological well-being.
  • Understanding public perceptions of death and death anxiety.

  • Understanding novice coaches’ perceptions of the boundaries between coaching and counselling.
  • Investigating skilled practitioners’ experiences of working with the boundaries between coaching and counselling in practice.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of peer coaching to enhance resilience in independent social workers.

  • Baker, S., Short, E. & Kinman, G. (2014). Perceptions of Working with the Boundaries between Coaching and Counselling in Practice. Paper presented at SGCP 4th International Congress of Coaching Psychology, London.
  • Grant, L., Kinman, G., & Baker S. (2013). Developing an Emotional Curriculum in Social Workers Innovation in Health & Social Care Learning and Teaching: HEA Health & Social Care 2013 Annual Conference, Leeds.

  • Bachkirova, T. & Baker, S. (2016). Revisiting the Issue of Boundaries between Coaching and Counselling. In S. Palmer & A. Whybrow (Eds.) Handbook of Coaching Psychology 2nd Ed. Hove: Routledge.
  • Baker, S. & Jones, K. (2014) Peer Support and Peer Coaching. In L. Grant & G. Kinman (Eds.) Developing Resilience for Social Work Practice. London: Palgrave.

Formerly known as Dr Sarah Baker

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