Ali Coleman - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Student Support & Wellbeing Manager

Dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Cert HE Relational Therapeutic Counselling

Additional Qualifications
CBT Techniques for Anxiety & Depression

Role and responsibilities
As a member of the Student Support Team, Ali has responsibility for managing NSCD’s student support and wellbeing programme to ensure that the highest standard of support is available for all students to complement and support their programme of study. Ali also oversees the Injury management provision with the in-house Physio Team


Who am I?

“Despite very little dance experience, I love to be part of the vibrancy of the dance world. Hearing the strains of music and thud of feet in the studios provides an inspiring backdrop to the more chair-based work I do at Northern.

Leeds has been my base since coming to university in 1994 and still excites me as a diverse, busy but very accessible and welcoming city. With 3 young children, my world is now more about parks than nightlife, but I still love the buzz of the city’s music, restaurant, and festival scene.”

Career History

Following completion of a BA in Women’s Studies, Ali went on to complete a further 4 years training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Since then Ali has worked across a number of therapy organisations, including Leeds Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, Northpoint Wellbeing, The Beck and as a schools counsellor with Gipsil, along with managing her own small private practice focusing on work with young adults.

Ali joined NSCD as a volunteer counsellor in 2017, progressing to Student Counsellor in 2019 and then to the role of Student Support and Wellbeing Manager in 2021.

Professional activity

Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)