Salma Siddique tells us a little about herself and why she is a Trustee of the PPS.

Dr Salma Siddique tells us a little about herself and why she is a Trustee of the Psychologists Protection Society.

Salma’s main research interests are based on the dialogue between psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, clinical supervision and anthropology and are influenced by her clinical experience working with people in trauma resulting from torture and fleeing conflict zones. She continues to practise as a psychotherapist in a voluntary agency and works with clients experiencing trauma, abuse, loss, identity and self esteem issues. She supervises trainees and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors.

She is experienced in ethnographical research methodology and teaches this subject on the doctoral, masters and diploma counselling programmes at the University of Aberdeen in her capacity as the Director of counselling, psychotherapy and psychosocial education. A range of previous work experience has been based around working with education, mental health and social justice based organisations. She was appointed to the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council as a member from June 2002 to May 2006. She was the Chair of Saheliya (a black minority ethnic women’s mental health organisation based in Edinburgh) 2007 to 2011. During her time with voluntary agencies and statutory bodies she has gained training and workplace experience in mediation, mentoring and change management.

Salma’s interest in relational ethics and practitioner research has been consolidated by her co-chair position of the research ethics committee at Edinburgh Napier University (2008 to 2014). Her papers and publications on relational ethics build on her experiences from teaching in India and Singapore and her own experiences as a therapist, supervisor and anthropologist doing ethnographical fieldwork. She is keen to support, question and challenge the ethical issues framed by the psychotherapy and counselling profession’s ethical policies and to work collaboratively to promote fair and transparent practice which takes into account diversity including identity, cultural and power differences.

Salma experiences PPS as supporting these ethical issues and is commented to being an active member of the board of trustees. The collegiality of PPS in meeting their aims mirrors her own style of team working. She enjoys the challenges of being a board member.