About Rayya




Rayya Ghul

MA (Ed), Dip.COT

Solution Focused Therapist

Life Coach

Solution Focused Trainer

I am passionate about people’s potential for transformation and positive change.  Throughout my working life I have always focused on helping others discover their abilities, strengths and capabilities for creating the kind of life and future they can be excited about and committed to building.
I have achieved this through my work as an occupational therapist in mental health settings where amongst other things, I was responsible for introducing solution focused therapy into the NHS Trust where I worked.
I am the author of the solution focused self-help book The Power of the Next Small Step.  I am co-author of Creating Positive Futures: Solution Focused Recovery from Mental Distress.
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In the 1980s I worked as an arts administrator for Shape London and local councils using community arts projects to improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people.
I am currently a Lecturer in University Learning and Teaching at the University of Edinburgh.  Previously, I was Principal Lecturer in Innovation in Higher Education Teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University where I worked since 2000.  In 2008 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy for my work on transformative learning and the Contexts of Participation Critical Thinking Tool.


I have a small private practice offering solution focused therapy, occupational therapy and life coaching.

3 thoughts on “About Rayya

    Caroline Klingenstierna said:
    September 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I love your website! Good luck with all the important work you do!

    @melindastritt said:
    April 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    I danced in the words you wrote here~ joyous to have crossed paths with such a beauty in flight…strength in your journey my friend…

    Sarah Stephen-Smith said:
    May 29, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Would like to order a pack of your conversation cards if they’re available? Thanks

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