Honorary Lecturer


Fiona Switzer is a Honorary Lecturer in the Nursing Division at Queen Margaret University. 

Fiona qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1997 and worked in a variety of clinical settings in the NHS, including acute adult mental health in–patient wards and substance misuse services.

In 2001 she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of Dundee and was accredited with the BABCP in 2004.

Since then she has worked as a CBT nurse therapist in Psychological Therapies services and has also worked in the University of Edinburgh and private practice offering CBT for mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

Since 2002, Fiona has worked consistently as a course tutor/ lecturer on a range of CBT training programmes: including the University of Dundee Post- graduate Diploma in CBT and the Masters in Applied Psychology in Primary Care at the University of Stirling.

Since 2013 she has worked as a course tutor on the South of Scotland Masters in CBT and was involved in the process of the course achieving Accreditation with the BABCP.

In 2019, she completed her Masters by research in CBT with Queen Margaret University.

Fiona was able to publish two papers from this research. Fiona has trained in KSA assessment with BABCP allowing a greater access to non-core professions into CBT training.

Clinically, Fiona currently works in a Psychological Therapies as a CBT Nurse therapist using CBT and EMDR to work with people with moderate to severe mental health problems with a special interest in psychosis and complex trauma. 

  • Senior Tutor South of Scotland CBT Programme
  • CBT Nurse Therapist Psychological Therapies Edinburgh
  • Private CBT Therapist 
  • Switzer, F; Harper, S and Peck, D. (2019) Exploring the barriers to the implementation of cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBTp) Mental Health Review Journal
  • Switzer, F & Harper, S (2019) A narrative review of the barriers to the implementation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp.), Psychosis