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Invitation to View Abstracts of completed DPsych(Prof) Research Projects


The Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies - DPsych (Prof) - has run successfully since 1998, and year on year our graduates have produced leading-edge research, designed to make a direct impact on the theory and practice of therapy. The Programme Team and candidates together, constitute a research-active scholarly community focussing, in collaboration with the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, on supporting and nurturing doctoral-level research activity among qualified professional practitioners.

These practitioners are ideally-placed, to identify areas of practice where rigorous research can make an impact. There are currently more than sixty(60) candidates registered on the programme and engaged in a wide spectrum of research. The information below, on the research already completed, provides an indication of the breadth and significance of completed work, by programme alumni.

The Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Public Works commenced in 2007 and provides an opportunity for senior and accomplished practitioners, who have made a substantial contribution to the field of psychological therapy to undertake a critical and reflexive audit of their achievements.


Professor Simon du Plock
Head of Post-Qualification Doctorates



Graduates title of Research

(click on titles to view the abstract)


Dr Marie Adams

Private Lives of Therapists: Challenges for Therapeutic Practise

Dr Stephen Adams-Langley

The Place2Be in the inner city: How can a voluntary sector mental health service have an impact on children's mental health and the school environment?

Dr Jill Aebi-Mytton

A Narrative Exploration of the Lived Experience of being Born, Raised in, and Leaving a Cultic Group: The Case of the Exclusive Brethren


Dr Diane Allen

The Self and Psychosis: A Personal Construct Psychology study locating aspects of the self in experience labelled as psychosis and exploring the implications of the meaning of the experience for engagement in therapy

Dr Aileen Alleyne

A Psychotherapeutic understanding of Black Identity in Workplace Contexts

Dr Julia Arnold

Practice Based Supervision. The Emergence of CDT: A Collaborative, Developmental and Transdisciplinary Model of Practitioner Supervision. Based on the Concepts of Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Global Paradigm

Dr Claire Asherson-Bartram

Narratives of Mothers in Stepfamily Situations, an exploratory investigation

Dr Anne Atkinson

The long-term post-abortion experience: what does a psychotherapeutic study reveal about its nature and potential therapeutic input?

Dr Saira Bains

An Autoethnographic Exploration into Transforming the Wounds of Racism. Implications for Psychotherapy

Dr Anne Barley-Isaac

Working overseas - Stresses and Solutions?

Dr Thaddeus Birchard

Sexual Addiction: A Psychotherapeutic Approach

Dr Saphira Bjorna


An investigation of the dynamics of the personal will versus a Higher Power in Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step treatment of Substance Use Disorder

Dr Louise Blundell

Clearing the cobwebs of misunderstanding about emotional distress: Psycho-educative booklets for Primary Care

Dr Janine Braier

Profiling Parents in Family Proceedings: A Diagnostic Manual for Parenting Assessment

Dr Joan Camileri


A Psychotherapeutic perspective of the lived experience of leaders during a period of transition

Dr Ruth Caleb & Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry

An Inquiry into the role of the University counselling service: Towards a Collaborative Model of Institutional Support

Dr Norman Claringbull

The Fourth Wave in Workplace Counselling - towards the understanding and the development of the professional specialisation of workplace counselling

Dr Sarah Conn


A Phenomenological Study of 
Help Seeking Behaviours and Coping Strategies
of International Students of Non-European Backgrounds

Dr Nigel Copsey

Spirituality and Mental Health

Dr Mary Creaner

What is 'Good Supervision'?

Dr Debbie Daniels

Gloria decoded: An application of Robert Langs' communicative approach to psychotherapy

Dr Maxine Daniels

The use of role play as a therapeutic tool in clinical practice: What do sexual offenders experience when role reversing with their victims in Her Majesty's Prison Service core sex offender treatment programme?

Dr Val Daveridge

What factors influence the Psychological and Emotional Impact on Police Officers: Towards a Model of Support

Dr Mike Davies

Critical aspects of therapy in the context of child care legal proceedings: An emergency framework

Dr Tim Dunne

An Investigation into Therapists' Beliefs about how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) works in Clinical Practice: Do the Eyes have it?

Dr Dagmar Edwards


Building Bridges: Introducing Concepts from Neuroscience and Attachment Theory to Person-Centred Practitioners

Dr Celia Eggeling

The Role of the Counsellor in a Living Donor Kidney Programme

Dr Sonja Falck

The Child, the Emperor, and the Fabulous Clothes: Constructing a theory of how interpersonal difficulty in gifted adults arises, is perpetuated, and can be overcome.

Dr Jane Fenn

What function can a community counselling service play in a socially deprived area; the role of the Therapeutic Entrepreneur

Dr Linda Garbutt

Managing Psychotherapeutic Practice between External Supervision Sessions: Understanding and using the concept of an Internal Supervisor

Dr Patrick Gould

Psychotherapy with Deaf People: Narrowing the Gap between Hearing Therapist and Deaf Client

Dr Neil Scott Gordon

The Swamp Workers' Stories - An exploration or practitioners' perspectives as a foundation for the development of a context sensitive develpment programme in a forensic setting.

Dr Guy Harrison

The Relationship between Counselling and Psychotherapy and Spiritual and Pastoral Care in the Practice of a Healthcare Chaplain: An Autoethnographic Narrative Case Study Evaluation

Dr Robin Hart

Therapeutic response to performance anxiety: Extending clinical research into the experience of artistic performance

Dr Rosemary Helyar

An innovative treatment for weight-related hyperphagia: A physiological treatment for clinically obese patients

Dr Jeanette Hennigan

Online counselling in schools as an additional option to face-to-face provision: Exploration of pupils’ experiences and comparison of effectiveness of working in different modalities.

Dr Rosalind Hewitt

Recovery and transformation - a humanistic integrative approach to schizophrenia/schizo-affective disorder. The Client's perspective

Dr Diane Hodgson

The impact of diversity on complaints procedures and the case for mediation

Dr Carol Holliday

An Exploration of the Contributions of Psychotherapy to the Teacher/Child Relationship

Dr Geraldine Holton

Understanding & Using Cross-Professional Supervision

Dr Melanie Hopkins

Staff Experience of Hope in a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Dr Rosa Hubbard-Ford

The Role of Psychotherapy in Assisting Religious Leaders to Work Appropriately with Abuse. A multiple case study approach

Dr Coleen Jones

Aspects of the transference, countertransference and phonomenology, as manifest in the therapeutic relationship between female therapists and their clients

Dr Sue Jones

The psychotherapeutic understanding of organisational function: Shadow and transparency

Dr Lynne Jordan

Into the Centre of the Fire: Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Dr Elizabeth Marie Jordan

The Professional is Personal. An Evaluative Enquiry into the 'Experience' of Setting Up and Managing a University Counselling Service

Dr Anne Kearns

Professional development and informed practice in the area of ethical complaints

Dr Deborah Kelly

An Inquiry into the Nature of Therapeutic Space In palliative care groups, working with nature and imagination

Dr Werner Kierski

Courage under Fire: Anxiety and Male Psychotherapists

Dr Rupert King

Standing in the Clearing: A Phenomenology of Openness in late Heidgger – a guide for research-practitioners

Dr Christine Knowles

The Psychological implications of cancer survival: A group work approach to re-integration

Dr Maria Koliris

'Becoming Who You Are': The experience of mindfulness in UK Therapists and Greek Counselling Trainees

Dr Olivia Lousada

A Phenomenological Inquiry into the relationship of adult opposite sex twins

Dr Kate Maguire

The Language and Concepts of Pain

Dr David Mair

Mind the Gap? Exploring contemporary gay, bisexual and queer male experience and the provision of relevant and appropriate counselling in British University settings

Dr Tom McGrath

An exploration of the treatment needs and model of service required for clients who experience post traumatic stress from a public health perspective

Dr Isha McKenzie-Mavinga

Understanding black issues in Counsellor Training

Dr Aisling McMahon

Practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist: What facilitates capable practice

Dr Cathy McQuaid

Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Training: An investigation into the factors that influence the perceived experiences and outcomes of training for both trainees and trainers

Dr Denise Meyer

Depression resources for students and therapists - practical applications for social constructionist theory

Dr Ann Milne

Dysfunctional families their social workers and the role of therapeutic professional intervention. An evaluation of (Rogerian) Person Centered counselling training programmes

Dr Robert Moore

A Participatory Inquiry applying a model of usefulness in supervision to facilitate reflection and learning for a multidisciplinary trauma team in the north of Ireland

Dr Sandra Moore

Provision of psychotherapeutic counselling in the voluntary sector. A case study

Dr Jean Morrison

Dreams, Disability, Psychotherapy and Supervision: 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on'

Dr Geoff Mothersole

Closing the Loop: engaging with clinical outcomes in routine evaluation data

Dr Joanna North

How do we transform the lives of young people with Extreme Behavioural Difficulties (Culminating in a Handbook and Training Manual for Practitioners and Carers Demonstrating the Application of Attachment Theory to Practice)

Dr Gerard O'Neill

An Exploration of the Introduction and Impact of the CORE Instrument on Professional Practitioners in an Established Health Service Counselling Service

Dr Els van Ooijen

A personal reflection on the praxis of integrative psychotherapy`

Dr Lynda Osborne

Becoming the Head of a Psychotherapy Department. A Gestalt Perspective

Prof Simon du Plock

Bibliotherapy and Beyond. An existential-phenomenological approach to the therapeutic use of literature in clinical practice

Dr Meriel Powell

Exploring the Territory of Shame: Building awareness of ways in and out of shame through a co-creative investigation of metaphors around the shame experience

Dr Alan Priest

You and I listening to me: Towards an understanding of the significance of personal pronoun usage in psychotherapy

Dr Kathy Raffles

Fitness to Practice? The effect of personal illness, loss or trauma on the Independent Practitioner's practice: How Practitioners manage the effect of this with regard to the working relationship

Dr Colin Ralph

A Study of Issues and Practices Concerning the Referral and Assessment of Patients for Psychological Therapy

Dr Paula Reardon

Improving Retention of Inernational Students in Higher Education and their Experience of Study Abroad: A Psychotherapeutic Contribution

Dr Pauline Rennie-Peyton

Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment

Dr Joanna Ringrose

Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Disociative Disorders: An Exploration of Contemporary Theory and Practice

Dr Biljana van Rijn

Enquiry into Psychotherapy Training. Challenges to developing a generic foundation year and links to clinical practice training

Dr Anne Rogers

Ethical Complaints: Towards a best practice for psychotherapy and counselling organisations

Dr Jonathan Rogers

Tales from a Dark Island: A critical commentary of the development, implementation and evaluation of a model of neurorehabilitation for offenders with cognitive difficulties and the concomitant delivery and evaluation of a training course for staff in a forensic setting

Dr Elspeth Schwenk

Professional development: examining how practitioners experience and manage the ongoing development of their professional career in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Dr Susan Scupham

Life after suicide: Psychotherapists and practitioners speak about their experiences of working with suicidal clients and the impact it has on them when their client dies

Dr John Sharry

Solution focused group work: The development of a text book for Psychotherapists

Dr Anne Smith

Working with bereaved people: a psychotherapy training action research study

Dr Paul Smith-Pickard

The body of encounter: A phenomenology of embodied inter-experience

Dr Bernice Sorensen

Not Special but Different: The adult only-child experience

Dr Lynne Souter-Anderson

Exploring the use of clay in therapy

Dr Jennifer Stuart-Dixon

Identifying and providing strategies for addressing the needs of pre-adolescent females secual decision-making in St James Jamaica

Dr Judith Sullivan

Contemporary Debriefing: Managing workplace trauma within the Police. Designing a Workplace Trauma Training Programme

Dr Margaret Tholstrup

The co-therapy Relationship in Group Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Inquiry

Dr Kim Thomas

Women and sexual violence, paths to healing: Resistance, Rebellion, Resilience and Recovery

Dr Val Thomas

The Therapeutic Functions of Mental Imagery in Psychotherapy: Constructing a Theoretical Model

Dr Diana Voller

Negative Capability. An exploration of therapists' capacity to be in uncertainty in clinical practise

Dr Helen Voller

Developing the Understanding of Reflective Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Dr Heward Wilkinson

The Muse as Therapist: A Platonic Paradigm for Knowledge in Psychotherapy': Methodological Commentary on 'The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy'

Recipients of the Jenifer Elton Wilson Award for an outstanding Professional Knowledge Paper are:

Stephen Adams-Langley, Janine Braier, Alyson Coleman, Rosalind Hewitt, Diane Hodgson, Carol Holliday, Robert Moore and Simon du Plock

Recipents of the Derek Portwood Award for a Final Project that makes a significant professional impact are:

Maxine Daniels, Mike Davies, Marcella Finnerty, Shelley Gilbert, Anne Rogers and Val Thomas.




Dr Kate Anthony

Developing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Age of Technology and the Internet

Dr Nazee Akbari

A Holistic Approach to Support Mental Wellbeing of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Dr Kate Birch

Synthesising Theory to Create Psychologically Informed Programmes for the Empowerment of Parents and Teachers in New Zealand and Austria

Dr Benna Chase

Self as a Bridge between Psychology/Psychotherapy and Religion in the Area of Palliative Care: Integrity and Growth in the Maltese Context

Dr Marie Anne Chidiac

A synthesis of Gestalt psychotherapy and organisational change

Dr Kiran Chitta

Change Agility: Growing the Capacity for Creative Adjustment in ‘The Global Field

Dr Peter Cockersell

Recovery Through Public Works. A Psychodynamic Perspective on Change and Complexity at Personal, Organisational & Social Levels

Dr Niki Cooper

Enhancing the wellbeing and prospects of children and their families through training: from practice (doing) to theory (thinking) and back again. The development of a professional qualifications department in a service delivery organisation

Dr Beverley Costa

An Audit of the Organisation Mothertongue Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service

Dr Sally Denham Vaughan

Re-enactment of Psychological Services organisational strategy, leadership and implementation as informed by a Gestalt perspective

Dr Zack Eleftheriadou

Incorporating Cross-cultural issues in Psychotherapy: A Relational Framework

Dr Ken Evans

Contributing to the development of psychotherapy as a profession in the United Kingdom and Europe 1987 to 2008

Dr Jane Fossey

Transforming Knowledge into Practice: The reciprocal relationship between care delivery and research.

Dr Helena Hargaden

The Bi-directionality of the Relational Unconscious

Dr Lucy Johnstone

Psychological Formulation: a Radical Perspective

Dr Willem Lammers

An Odyssey in Guided Change

Dr Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph

About being the Bridge

Prof Yair Maman

Community-based counsellor training, incorporating outreach elements with community needs.

Dr Kathryn May

Psychotherapeutic work with and for marginalised groups: Demonstrations of reflexive activism.

Dr Patricia Mylan

Child protection in Asia: A postmodern multi-system psychotherapeutic approach.

Dr Leanne O’Shea

Voices from the Margins: Building access to complex, dependable, dense networks of support

Dr Isabel Rogers

Delivering Psychological Innovation to the Criminal Justice System: The Business of Clinical Consultancy

Dr Jennifer Sandelson

Crossing the Line Establishing counselling training in hard to reach and marginalised communities

Dr Satwant Singh

Hoarding Disorder: New Horizon

Dr Rytis Stelingis

Contribution to the origins and development of Gestalt Psychotherapy in Lithuania 1993 to 2013

Dr Margot Sunderland

The application of art and science to the psychological treatment of children.

Dr Mike Talbot

Conflict, Commerce and Contact Gestalt Theory and Conflict Resolution

Dr Geoff Warburton

With Love: Collaborating with the evolution of love in self and society through psychotherapy


Graduates title of Research

Copies of current DPsych theses are now available to view on the Middlesex University E-Repository