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Madi Ruby

Associate Dean, Faculty of Social & Life Sciences.

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Madi Ruby

Room: K5


+44 (0) 1978 294433


Madi Ruby is an Associate Head of the School of Social and Life Sciences. She manages the nursing and allied health professions area of the school. This includes occupational therapy and counselling. Additionally Madi’s role includes responsibility for partnerships, enterprise and employability. 

Before being promoted to Associate Head, Madi was Programme Leader for the Diploma in Counselling and the new BSc Top-ups in Counselling Children and Young People and Counselling Adults. She is still a Senior Lecturer in Counselling, and is a registered and Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist. 

Prior to joining Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2012, Madi worked at the University of Chester and Walford and North Shropshire College. She was also a counsellor in general practice in Shropshire as well as running a small private counselling/psychotherapy practice. 

Madi grew up and completed her primary and secondary education in North Wales, but moved away to go to university (Royal Holloway, University of London). Madi had a previous career in multi-national ICT companies such as Sun microsystems and Microsoft. She managed strategic alliances with a focus on developing solutions for a variety of market sectors. These included healthcare/NHS, retail, finance, e-commerce and government.

She re-trained as a counsellor and educator during a career break to have a family, having decided to move back ‘home’. Madi is delighted to now be contributing to the education of the people of North Wales and the border counties, as well as those who travel form further afield for the benefits that Wrexham Glyndwr university and its local environment offers.

Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

PGCE (Lifelong Learning – Specialism Counsellor Training) Staffordshire University 2012

MA Clinical Counselling (Distinction) The University of Chester 2011

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Distinction) The University of Chester 2010

BA (Hons) English (Royal Holloway University of London (1994)


Currently undertaking PhD in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement at Lancaster University.

Dip HE Counselling

Madi teaches theoretical and practical aspects of counselling. Her particular specialisms are the theory and practice of the person-centred and experiential approach to counselling, ethical and professional practice and depression. She has a special interest in the neuroscience of psychotherapy / counselling.

Madi is also a dissertation research supervisor.

Ruby, M. (2015). Book Review: "Counselling for depression: A Person-centred and Experiential Approach to Practice, by Pete Sanders and Andy Hill, London, United Kingdom: Sage, 240 pp., £22.99 (paperback), 2014, ISBN 978-1-4462-7901-1" Counselling and Psychotherapy Research · 


Ruby, M. (2011). What does neuroscience offer us in understanding cognitive therapy and person-centred therapy for depression? A realist synthesis review.

Can also be located in BACP dissertations database


Therapy Today (2010) Response to ‘Ethical Dilemmas’ 21:10 December

Ruby,M. (2009).My First Client. BACP Student Pages.



Commissioned authorship:

Ruby, M (2017) Good Practice in Action 066: Commonly Asked Questions Resource: What do we mean by records and record keeping? BACP  (under review).


Peer Review:

Peer reviewer for The British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Peer reviewer for Counselling & Psychotherapy Research.

Pre-publication book proposal reviewer for SAGE publications.

Peer reviewer for the Department of Health & BACP ‘Counselling MindEd’ online learning resources development portal.


BACP Expert Reference Group (BACP Professional Standards):

Telephone and E-Counselling

Training Curriculum: A research based-Based curriculum framework for

telephone and e-counselling.

Telephone and e-counselling training the trainers


Other professional duties:


Past member of BACP PEaQSC (Professional ethics and Quality Standards Committee).


Current BACP ‘Bank of Authors’ for developing Good Practice resources. 

Higher education and change.

Realist approaches to research.

Cognitive and affective processes in learning and change.

Developing competence in trainee counsellors.

The neuroscience of counselling and psychotherapy.

Pluralistic approaches to counselling/psychotherapy.