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Dr Biljana van Rijn



Dr. Biljana van Rijn

DPsych, MSc, TSTA (Psychotherapy)

Faculty Head: Research Strategy & Innovation

Professional Affiliations: HCPC, UKCP, EATA, EAP, ITAA

E-mail: biljana.vanrijn@metanoia.ac.uk

Tel: 0208 579 2505



Biljana is a psychotherapist, a supervisor and a counselling psychologist who has gained her experience in private practice and in the voluntary sector, as well as working at Metanoia Institute.

Research is her specialist area of interest and she has developed a research clinic at Metanoia Institute and engaged in a number of projects with partners from other universities, and organisations within the UK and abroad.

As a Head of the MI internal clinic, Biljana has developed an assessment training programme and written several publications.

Biljana is an experienced tutor, who has taught Transactional Analysis at Metanoia Institute since 1997, and now teaches research and clinical assessment within the organisation.


Institute Roles: 

  • Executive Committee, Member
  • Academic Board, Member
  • Research Committee, Chair
  • Quality and Standards Committee, Member
  • Research Ethics Committee, Member 


Recent Publications & Journals:



  • Cooper, M., van Rijn, B., & Chryssafidou, E. (2018). Avatar-based counselling for psychological distress in secondary school pupils: pilot evaluation. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 1-14. doi:10.1080/03069885.2018.1506567
  • van Rijn, B., Cooper, M. and Chryssafidou, E. (2018), Avatar-based counselling for young people within school counselling. Qualitative analysis of client experience. Couns. Psychother. Res., 18: 59–70. doi:10.1002/capr.12155

  • Van Rijn, B. (2016). The role of routine outcomes evaluation in developing reflexivity in clinical practice. The Psychotherapist, Spring 2016(62), 34-36.

  • Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2016). Development and evaluation of adherence questionnaires for gestalt psychotherapy, relational transactional analysis, and integrative psychotherapy: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 20(1), 7-18.

  • Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2016). Comparison of transactional analysis group and individual psychotherapy in the treatment of depression and anxiety: routine outcomes evaluation in community clinics. Transactional Analysis Journal, 46(1), 63-74. doi: 10.1177/0362153715615115

  • Van Rijn, B., Cooper, M., Jackson, A., & Wild, C. (2015). Avatar-based therapy within prison settings: pilot evaluation. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2015.1068273 doi:10.1080/03069885.2015.1068273

  • Cooper, M., Wild, C., Van Rijn, B., Ward, T., McLeod, J., Cassar, S., . . . Sreenath, S. (2015). Pluralistic therapy for depression: Acceptability, outcomes and helpful aspects in a multisite study. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(1), 6-20.

  • Van Rijn, B., Wild, C., & Dumitru, A. (2014). Challenges to developing routine outcomes evaluation in different practice settings and cultures: A naturalistic enquiry in spain and the UK. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 5(2), 28-34. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ijtar.org/article/view/13800/9077

  • Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2013,Autumn). Evaluation of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy groups in primary care within an IAPT site Transactional Analyst, 3(4).

  • Van Rijn, B. ,& Wild,C. (2013). Humanistic and integrative therapies for anxiety and depression. Practice based evaluation of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Integrative psychotherapies and Person Centred counselling.Transactional      Analysis Journal, 1543(2),150-163.

  • Van Rijn, B. (2012). Evaluation in psychotherapy: An Opportunity and a Challenge.    The Script, 42(4), 1-3,www.itaaworld.org

  • Van Rijn, B., Wild, C., & Moran, P. (2012) Evaluation of integrative counselling psychology and Transactional Analysis in primary care health setting. Journal of Integrative Research, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1(1), 36-46.

  • Van Rijn, B., Wild, C., Moran, P. (2011) Evaluating the outcomes of Transactional Analysis and integrative counselling psychology within UK primary care settings, International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research,2/2, 34-44

  • Van Rijn, B., Wild, C.,Fowlie,H., Sills,C. van Beekum,S. (2011), Impact of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy training on self awareness and ability for contact, International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research,2/1,16-24

  • Van Rijn, B.,Wild,C. (2010) Research clinic approach to the evaluation of integrative and humanistic psychotherapies, The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration,7/2,49-56

  • Van Rijn, B (2010) Research clinic at Metanoia Instituite,Therapy Today,July2010 21/6,50

  • Van Rijn, B., Sills, C., Hunt, J., Shivanath, S., Gildebrand, K., & Fowlie, H. (2008)  Developing clinical effectiveness in psychotherapy training: Action research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8(4), 261-268.

  • Van Rijn,B. & Sills,C. (2007-08) Developing practitioner effectiveness through training.   The Psychotherapist, Issue 36,Winter 2007-08


Books and Book Chapters:

  • Van Rijn, B. (2017). Assessment. In C. Feltham, T. Hanley & L. A. Winter (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (pp. 72-78). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Van Rijn,B. ( 2015)Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage Ltd
  • Van Rijn, B. (2014). Establishing an online practice. Chapter Eight Commentary. Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet
  • Ed. P. Weitz. London, Karnac Books: 186-187.
  • Bager-Charlson, S. and Van Rijn, B. (2011) Understanding assessment in counselling and psychotherapy, Exeter: Learning Matters.
  • Van Rijn, B. (2011) Research and relational psychotherapy in: Fowlie, H. and Sills, C. (Eds.)(2011) Relational Transactional Analysis. Principles in Practice. (pp.305-312) London: Karnac.
  • Van Rijn,B. (2010) Evaluating our practice, in Reflective practice in counselling and    psychotherapy, edited by Bager-Charleson,S. Learning Matters
  • Van Rijn, B. (2010) Developments within reflective practice, in Reflective Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, edited by Bager-Charleson,S. Learning Matters


Research reports:

  • Van Rijn,B.,Falconer,C.,Chryssafidou,E.,Stiles,W.B. (2017) Avatar Based Counselling Within A School Setting. Case Study ‘Richard’. Research report. UK:Metanoia Institute, Nottingham University and University of Roehampton and US:Miami University
  • Cooper,M.,Chryssafidou,E.,van Rijn,B (2016). ProReal Avatar based counselling with Young People:Evaluation report University of Roehampton and Metanoia Institute
  • Van Rijn, B., Cooper, M., & Wild, C. (2014). ProReal-based therapy within a prison setting. Evaluation report. London: Metanoia Institute and University of Roehampton.