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Esther's story

Following her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Esther Gabriel joined LJMU to study for a masters in Health Psychology.

"I chose to study at Masters level because I want to be a Psychologist and therefore need a postgraduate qualification. I liked the fact that UK courses were just a year long and also that the standard of education is very good. I looked into a list of schools and discovered that LJMU was one of the best.

LJMU has good, innovative courses and my personal tutor and academic support group are always there to help whenever I need them. PG study is exactly what I was expecting: challenging, satisfying and fulfilling.

I am really keen to learn about holistic healing. Sustaining a patient's psychological wellbeing is an essential part of recovery. Mortality rates in a large number of long term conditions can often be attributed to depression or a sense of hopelessness which, in many cases, could be resolved.

My studies have given me a sense of empowerment, showing me that I can be what I want to be, they have expanded my research capacity and shown me that I can make a difference to those whose mental health issues are all too often ignored.

My personal tutor is a real source of motivation, encouraging me and showing me the way. I have never been made to feel uncomfortable when I have asked questions and no-one has given me the impression that my questions were foolish.

I feel a sense of safety in Liverpool and that, to me, is essential to my productivity. Liverpool is a friendly, serene city offering good value for money. I will certainly recommend it and LJMU to my friends.

On graduation I want to do a PhD in psychology and, long term, I want to become a leader in the field of health psychology for chronic conditions, including addictions."