Cherie Battista is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and currently studying her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Salford. She graduated in 1986 with a BA in Physical Education and Drama, and completed her MEd in Educational Psychology at the University of Manchester, whilst teaching full time. In 1994, she changed career and qualified as a professional Counsellor. Since qualifying, she has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. She has worked as a professional Counsellor in Education, Occupational Health, and the NHS for sixteen years. For the last five years she has worked as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
Her interest and passion for writing began in childhood, and she created short stories and poetry based on autobiography. In 2011 she commenced an MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment at the University of Salford, and achieved a life long ambition when she graduated in 2013, with a Distinction in her final Creative Project. Her first book Secrecy and Synchronicity was rewritten whilst studying her MA. Her PhD research is a practice based investigation of Barnardo’s children before and during World War 1. The aim of the thesis is to create a biography of her ancestors which will be her second book. In February 2015, she was asked to read a short extract from Secrecy and Synchronicity, during the University of Salford’s “LGBT History Month: An Evening With Jackie Kay”–recently appointed as the University’s new Chancellor and Writer in Residence. She continues to balance her time and attention between working as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and her PhD in Creative Writing.