Dr David Mair

Head of Counselling, Student Services

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr David Mair is Head of the Counselling Service at the University of Birmingham. He leads a team of counsellors at the university who offer time-limited therapy to students encountering difficulties affecting their studies and their development as emerging adults. He has over twenty years’ experience of working with students in HE and has a particular interest in the needs of gender and sexual minority students, which formed the basis for his doctoral research, as well as the needs of international students. Other particular interests include Mindfulness and its application in an HE setting, therapeutic groupwork and supporting and training staff in their pastoral role with students. 


  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy (Middlesex University/Metanoia Institute, 2010).
  • MA Counselling (University of Birmingham, 1999).
  • RELATE Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling, 1999.
  • BA (Hons) Latin American Studies (Newcastle University, 1981). 
  • Senior Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


  • Mair, D, ‘Internalised Homophobia: the enemy within’, (2000), Counselling, August.
  • Mair, D and Izzard, S, Grasping the Nettle: gay men’s experiences in therapy, Psychodynamic Counselling, 7.4, (2001)November, pp 475-490
  • Mair, D, Gay Men’s Experiences of Counselling, Psychotherapy Research Journal, 2003
  • Mair, D, Psychodynamic Counselling and Sexual Orientation (chapter in ed. Wheeler, 2006)
  • Mair, D, The Best Years of Our Lives…?, Therapy Today, September 2005
  • Mair, D, Fractured Narratives, Fractured Identites: Cross-cultural challenges to essentialist narratives of gender and sexuality. Psychology and Sexuality, Vol 1, No2, May 2010
  • Ed Mair, D, Short-term Counselling in Higher Education (in press, Routledge)

Languages and other information

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese