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Research Academy 2024

The Metanoia Research Academy 2024

Online, 8th March 2024

Therapy with a Difference

Creating Research-Inspired and Research-Informed Practice!

***  Please note the change from in-person attendance to online attendance ******

ONLINE, 8th March 2024


For a number of years The Metanoia Institute has presented a successful Research Academy event, where the focus was on research methodologies in counselling and psychotherapy research. After popular demand, this year, we will continue with Research Methodology seminars, as in previous years, and we will also integrate streams of Research Papers and in-progress Research Work. This is in line with previous years’ mission to link research with practice: the Research Academy covers qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research - with a shared interest in deepening and broadening our understanding of mental health, emotional wellbeing, and psychotherapy.

The Methodology Seminars cover how a specific methodology or process of research is applied, the issues and concerns that emerged, and how researchers and participants have successfully dealt with them.

In the Research Academy 2024, we will present Methodology Seminars and Research Papers with a focus on Creating Research-Inspired and Research-Informed Practice. The seminar and paper presentations will address how research into counselling, psychotherapy, and counselling psychology can, and has, led to a more skilled and knowledgeable practice. We will provide a platform to discuss practice and research-related concerns from qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and/or pluralistic research angles and interests. Overall, the workshops and papers will reflect the diversity of interests in a multidisciplinary profession like psychotherapy. Embracing the value of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, the Research Academy 2024 supports research from sometimes contrasting epistemological positionings.


When and Where:

When: 8th March 2024, starting at 09.00 (end time to be confirmed).

Where: ONLINE via zoom

Keynote Speaker: Professor Naomi Moller, the Open University


Tickets and Fees:

Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Fees: External participants £40

Students and Metanoia members £10


Schedule and information on presenters:

Please see the table below for the plan of the day, and for information on presenters, click on the links at the end of the table.



9.30 – 10:15

Keynote and discussion

Professor Naomi Moller

‘How to do research that makes a difference’




10:15 – 10.30


10.30 – 11:30

[1] ‘Participative research models - how to bring in the client voice’ by Dr Biljana van Rijn


Research paper 1:

‘To the netherworld and back: a mindfulness-informed therapy journey of recovery from stroke’

by Dr Maro Ersi Koliris

Research paper 2:

‘Men's meaning making after the death of someone they love’.

by Lillian Atkinson

11:30  - 11:45


11:45 – 12:45

[2] ‘Research is like wild swimming - the development of a Relational '3C'-model for Research Supervision’

by Dr Sofie Bager-Charleson

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30

[3]. 'Researcher Reflexivity: Working with multiple lenses' by Dr John Hills


Research paper 3:

‘The lived experience of Relate supervisors of providing supervision’

by Belinda Ford

In progress research work 1:

‘On Being-in-the-Digital World: Mixed methods research into the Phenomenology of Gestalt Psychotherapy online’.

by Claire Spiller




14:45- 15:45

[4] ‘The importance of being earnest - clarity of alignment between epistemology and design’.

by Dr Cristina Harnagea

[5] ‘Argumentation in academic writing: from literature review to research question’

by Dr Evi Chryssafidou





Plenary: Reflection on the day

Click here for more information on keynote speaker/staff seminars

Click here for more information on students presenting their research papers


Tickets and Fees:

Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Fees: External participants £40

Students and Metanoia members £10


Working Group:

For questions, please write to: shea.holland@metanoia.ac.uk or e.chryssafidou@metanoia.ac.uk

Research Academy working group: Dr Biljana van Rijn, Dr Evi Chryssafidou, Dr Cristina Harnagea, Catherine Hampson, Charlotte Baden-Powell, Dr Elvis Langley, Melissa Cliffe, Vicente Partida, Shea Holland and Chris Yeoh.