Leah Salter is a systemic social constructionist practitioner – a psychotherapist (UKCP reg), a supervisor and an educator working in multiple contexts in the UK. Leah works with the NHS Wales as a systemic psychotherapist with families and communities, mostly in mental health services. Her work includes family therapy, arts in health initiatives and community dialogue/storytelling projects. Leah is also a tutor and supervisor for the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice Programme at the University of Bedfordshire where she also hosts reading seminars on black indigenous knowledges/new materialism and decolonial practices. She has co-written contributions to the field of ecosystemic practices with her colleague, Gail Simon.
Her own doctoral research drew on autoethnography and narrative research as a reflexive inquiry into her own group work practices, most notably working with women with experiences of abuse and oppression. She has published papers in this area of research and practice.
Leah is co-director for The Centre for Systemic Studies (cic) – hosts of The Family Institute who have provided training for family therapists and systemic practitioners for over 50 years. She lives in South Wales, on the coast, and has a passion for storytelling, dancing, walking and ecological matters. She works with Friends of the Earth and has also, with systemic colleagues, set up a project called MindEcology, a social action project emphasising local, ecosystemic responses to global issues by responding to ecological wellbeing.
Practice and research interests include narrative research and practice as social activism, solidarity practices, group work with women, storytelling, resisting psychopathology, Transmaterial Worlding, ecosystemic practice and developing systemic social constructionism beyond human systems. Leah’s publications can be found on researchgate.