Dr Anna Butcher

Anna Butcher

Position: Joint Course Leader (Academics) and Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
Email: anna.butcher@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Programme/s: DPsych Counselling Psychology

Professional Biography

Anna is the joint course leader (academic) and senior lecturer for the DPsych in Counselling Psychology. Her main responsibilities are teaching, supervision, recruitment, tutoring and general organisation of the taught components of the programme. Anna’s main teaching interests are psychodynamic psychotherapy and qualitative research methods, particularly discourse analysis.

In addition to her position at Regent’s University London, Anna has her own private practice. She is also involved in independent clinical and research supervision as well as consultancy work for trainee counselling psychologists. Anna has also examined doctoral theses for other Counselling Psychology programmes.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, 2013
  • DPsych Counselling Psychology, City University, London, 2009
  • Post-MSc Counselling Psychology, City University, London, 2007
  • MSc Counselling Psychology, City University, London, 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Nottingham University, 2002

Relevant Past Employment

Anna previously worked as a Senior Lecturer for two and a half years on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London, and five years as a Senior Lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at London Metropolitan University. She joined Regent’s as a visiting lecturer in 2013 and became a permanent member of staff in 2016.

Anna was also external examiner for the Professional Master’s Programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Bath Spa University from 2013-2015. She runs her own private practice where she sees individuals and couples for therapy.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Course Development

Anna currently teaches the Counselling Psychology Theory and Practice module in the first year and Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling Psychology in the second year. She also supervises doctoral research trainees and oversees the progress of personal tutees throughout the training programme. Anna is interested in developing teaching methods on the course that facilitate critical thinking skills and greater opportunities for learning.

Research Supervision

Anna has supervised eight doctoral candidates through to completion and continues to supervise trainees on the DPsych. She has also supervised a considerable number of trainees at Master’s Level.

Currently Anna is supervising projects on discursive constructions of asexuality and how carers talk about decisions to leave their partners. 


Anna has examined a considerable number of doctoral theses as both an internal and external examiner for London Metropolitan University, Regent’s University London, the University of East London and City University. 

Research Interests

Anna is very interested in discourse analytic research. Her doctoral thesis was on how men constructed their experience of breaking up with women and this is an area she is still keen to research further, particularly discursive constructions of relationships between men and women in the media. Anna is also interested in researching how therapeutic practitioners learn psychodynamic models of therapy in their training.


Gil-Rodriguez, E., & Butcher, A. (2012). From trainee to trainer: Crossing over to the other side of the fence. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 40 (4), 357-368

Conference Papers Given

06/2008 - Joint Conference of the Divisions of Counselling Psychology 2008, Dublin (The Psychological Society of Ireland & The British Psychological Society): ‘For men our pride is closure’: The dissolution of relationships between men and women. A qualitative study, Anna Butcher & Dr Carla Willig

07/2011 - BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Conference 2011, Bristol: From trainee to trainer: Crossing over to the other side of the fence. (Who am I and why am I here? Professional identity and Counselling Psychology training symposium) Dr Anna Butcher & Dr Elena Gil-Rodriguez


Last updated: 08 December 2017