About me as a researcher

I’m Stella Duffy (she/her) and I’ve been postmenopausal since my mid-thirties. Having been longer in my postmenopausal body than many of my peers, I am interested in how this is for other people, how it is for them to be being postmenopausal.

We live a good quarter to a third of our lives in postmenopause and yet very little menopause research looks at what happens next, what is it to have this next stage our of our lives, lived from this phase of our bodies, lived in this culture and society.

I’m in the third year of a doctorate training in Existential Psychotherapy, running my private psychotherapy practice, alongside working in an NHS cancer support service and a low-cost community psychotherapy service.

I am also a novelist, worked in theatre for a very long time, and I co-founded Fun Palaces, co-creating with communities across the UK. A great deal of my work has been in equalities and diversity and I bring an inclusive approach to my research work. As a qualified yoga teacher, I am enormously interested in embodied approaches and therapeutic bodywork.

At this stage, I’m not sure what to expect from my research, but I am sure that the many and different voices of those of us in the last third of our lives need to be heard more often and more loudly. I have no doubt I will learn a great deal from my participants about how they are living their postmenopause.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PGDip Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, the New School of Counselling and Psychotherapy/Middlesex University.
  • Foundation Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy, the New School of Counselling and Psychotherapy/Middlesex University.
  • Certificate Intro to Person Centred Counselling, City Lit.
  • I am a qualified Individual Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and, while I work towards my doctorate, a trainee member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), UPCS (the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association), and the Society for Existential Analysis.
  • I work in accordance with UKCP policies and Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.