Juan Du

Associate Lecturer

Juan Du


Juan is a researcher clinician, accredited integrative psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher. She completed her MA in Communication at the Bournemouth Media School and her Masters’ in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex.  She is currently at the final stage of completing her doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute  and Middlesex University.

During doctorate training, Juan developed Chinese Calligraphy Enhanced Therapy (CCET) as an innovative integrative approach which also draws on cognitive theory, Eastern Philosophy, mindfulness theory and psychoanalytic theory.  Juan’s passion for working and teaching in the psychology field is to promote mental health equality in the public sector and encourage more researchers and clinicians to think creatively and develop culturally sensitive approaches to bridging minority client’s access to psychological therapy.

Juan continues her independent private practice as well supporting the NHS on the BAME service user experiences evaluation project.

Juan is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as an accredited clinical member, as well as a registered individual member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a committee member for the British Psycho-logical Society (BPS) Psychotherapy Section.

Module Teaching September Term:

  • PSY 203- Developmental Psychology
  • PSY103 -Study & Research Skills for Social Scientists
  • CPSY601-Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapies

Awards and Presentations

  • September 2020 – Winner of UKCP Members Research Fund Competition for her Doctorate Research Project
  • June 2021 – Oral Presentation at 3rd Creativity Conference in Geneva (Online) (Topic: Exploring Integrating Mindfulness Chinese Calligraphy Enhanced Therapy (CCET) as Complementary Psychotherapy to Bridge Underrepresented Chinese Clients in the UK
  • May 2021 – Presented Research Poster at the BACP Annual Conference 2021
  • March 2021 – Invited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to host a webinar based on her research topic: Chinese Calligraphy Enhanced Therapy (CCET). The audience included attendees from Tai Wan, Macao, UK, and Austria
  • October 2020 – Interviewed by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust NHS for her contribution to Black History Month; the video is currently on the YouTube
  • October 2019 – Presented research poster at the British Psychological Society Psychotherapy Section Annual Conference
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Juan’s main research interesting areas including mental health equality within the ethnic minority communities in the UK; culturally sensitive therapeutic intervention; mindfulness related embodied psychological interventions


Juan’s doctorate thesis is about exploring integrating mindfulness Chinese Calligraphy En-hanced Therapy (CCET) as a complementary psychotherapy to bridge underrepresented Chi-nese clients in the UK. She uses a qualitative theory-building case study method, her doctorate research is not directly aim to address the effectiveness of the CCET approach itself, but instead will hope to build an explanation for western psychotherapy and psychology fields of how the CCET approach works.


  • Du, J.& Field, A.P. (2020) Adolescents’ Peer Friendship and Anxiety and Depression among First-Generation Immigrant BAME Families in the UK. Genealogy, 4, 62. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4020062
  • Du, J. (2020) Exploring Integrating Mindfulness Chinese Calligraphy Enhanced Therapy (CCET) as a Complementary Psychotherapy to Bridge Underrepresented Chinese Clients in the UK. Psychotherapy Section Review, Winter 2020,84-85

Other department members

Dr James Stiller
Senior Lecturer

James has taught, developed and lead on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules and courses (from Cognitive Psychology to Developmental Psychology to Applied Research in Psychology). James has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire, a MSc in Evolutionary Psychology from the University of Liverpool and a BSC (Hons) in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London.

Victor Meirinhos
PhD Student

Victor’s research interests include safety behaviour and driving error, and he is currently finishing a PhD that explores the impact of organizational factors in occupational drivers as predictors of traffic accidents.

Toby Richards
Part-time PhD Student

My PhD is in the Social Psychology of Exercise, focusing on what participants experience as a result of engagement and participation in, in-home online exercise activities.

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