About Dr. Alicia Peña Bizama

If you are at a cross-roads and unsure which way to turn, I can work with you to achieve your goals.

I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist, and qualified teacher, and I have worked in the clinical & educational fields for over 35 years. As a creative thinker, I bring my knowledge, experience, and love of learning to my work as a practitioner and educator. 

I enjoy working with people who want to make things happen in their personal, academic, and professional lives, who want to maximise their ability and who are willing to dedicate time and effort to achieve meaningful goals. My approach as an educator and guide is to create a supportive environment which promotes learning and self-development. I collaborate with you to identify your interests and goals, and I work with you to strengthen emotional self-regulation to feel well and do well in the academic and professional worlds.

I have extensive experience designing and delivering engaging psycho-educational training programmes, for personal and professional development, as well as on cultural and academic adjustment for international undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have worked in Higher Education for the past 14 years, working with dedicated students who want to fulfil their potential. In particular, I have worked with international students, supporting their transition to living and studying in the UK.

At whatever stage in your learning or career you are, I will give you the professional support and guidance you need.

We are living in times of uncertainty and rapid change. Work and study are changing exponentially as a result of Covid-19. We have to learn fast to use technology, and we need to develop our skills to work and study effectively. Essential skills to adapt, keep well, and perform to a high standard are self-management, emotional intelligence, and emotional agility.

Do you feel that despite working hard, you are not doing as well as you know you can? Do you feel run down, frustrated, or are you concerned that you may be at risk of buying out? Perhaps, due to the current uncertainty, you are not sure what steps to take to move forward while protecting your health? Do you want to fulfil your potential, be dynamic, engaged, and capable of doing stimulating and meaningful work?

I believe in the importance of prevention to do well and be well. I focus on the design of training on supporting the development of strengths, increase self-awareness, and enhance confidence to manage independent learning. The purpose is to strengthen self-management while developing practical coping skills to maintain energy and be well.

Throughout my professional career, I have been guiding individuals to achieve their potential by helping them restore and enhance their health and wellbeing.

In my 1:1 consultations, I work collaboratively with you, and I design tailored programmes focusing on your interests, concerns. We co-create a plan that will enable you to achieve your goals. The aim is that you feel engaged and that through a supportive learning experience, you can succeed in achieving your goals, and have a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment derived from feeling energised and engaged in what you do. The aim is for you to realise your potential and become your best dynamic self.


Dr. Alicia Peña Bizama

Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology, University of East London

Masters in Occupational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

Masters in Counselling Psychology City, University of London

Professional degree in teaching from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile

Thank you for all the hard work pulling the resilience videos together for the IFPP.

At the North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation, we have been delighted to collaborate with Dr Alicia Peña Bizama for our final two videos on ‘Resilience in the workplace’ and ‘Managing challenges and making progress’. Dr Alicia Peña Bizama has been incredibly responsive to our ask in developing these short videos which includes a range of tips and techniques to help build resilience, manage transitions into work, build confidence, manage setbacks and stresses and to help keep well. These videos will be extremely useful in providing additional health and wellbeing support to those provisionally registered pharmacists that have experienced unprecedented challenges and pressures, because of the pandemic, in their training year. With special thanks and appreciation:

David Gibson, Associate Dean - Foundation Pharmacists

Qualifications and Experience

Since 2006, I have been working at the University of Reading. First as Head of Student Wellbeing where I was responsible for the care of students dealing with mental health problems and managing the Service. As part of the prevention strategy I created and developed the Life Tools programme – a psycho-educational programme to promote self-management and strengthen resilience. In August 2017 I step-down from this role and began working part-time as the Life Tools service manager. In this role I have expanded the psycho-educational training programme I started 14 years ago, with the aim of reaching a larger number of students. It is now a successful and well regarded training programme available to all registered students at university.
As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist* (City University, London) I have  experience of working in Primary Care in the National Health Service (NHS) where I worked with adults dealing with a range of mental health problems. 
I have experience of working in the private sector as an Occupational Health Psychologist (Birkbeck University of London), working with individuals and in organisations where I provided 1:1 clinical consultations as well as coaching session on work related issues and preventing burnout. I developed and delivered training for managers and professionals in a variety of professional fields.
I obtained my Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology (University of East London) researching the factors influencing the development of burnout. My research forms the basis of my approach on preparing professionals to develop their strengths to achieve their potential, maintain health and wellness while deriving a sense of fulfilment.
I obtained my professional degree in teaching from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile, my native country. I then travelled to Europe to pursue my interests in understanding other cultures, and be immersed in the English language. I have lived in the UK since 1989 and I have worked with students in secondary and higher education. I have extensive experience in supporting international students who study in the UK.
*Chartered member of The British Psychological Society (BPS) C.Psychol, AFBPsS number 074069
Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) Registration number PYL17780

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