Dr Maria Luca

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Position: Senior Research Fellow
Email: lucam@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Programme/s: Advanced Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy MA Psychotherapy & Counselling Areas of Expertise: Conceptualisations and therapeutic activities with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS); migrants; Grounded Theory; integration in psychotherapy; handling sexual attraction in therapy; bullying among university students.

Professional Biography

Maria is Head of the Reflections Research Centre at Regents University London, coordinator of the PhD programme and Chief Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections. She manages the PhD programme in partnership with the University of Northampton. Her previous administrative roles include Head of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and Programme Director of the MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling. As an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor with the UKCP and accredited supervisor with the MBACP Maria has twenty years post-qualification experience as a psychotherapist in the National Health Service and in private practice. She was the School coordinator for the Grundtvig - EACEA - Europa, European migrant guidance and support project, involving researching the lived experience of migrants. Maria has taught at British Universities, presented research papers internationally and has examined several Doctorate theses.  She is book reviewer for various publishers and also submissions in peer reviewed journals. She teaches on postgraduate courses in psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology at RSPP.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD, Psychotherapy Studies. University of Kent, Canterbury, 2007.
  • MA, Psychotherapy & Counselling. City University. 1995.
  • BA (Hons), Social Sciences. Middlesex University. 1987.
  • Certificate in Mediation, Regent’s College. 2009.
  • Certificate in Person Centred & Existential Counselling, City University, 1990.
  • Diploma in Integrative counselling & psychotherapy, City University, 1993.

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2005 Head of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regent’s College, London.
  • 1998 Programme Director (0.7) MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College.
  • 1997 Associate Director/Lecturer, Post-Graduate Diploma in Person Centred and
  • Existential Counselling, City University.
  • 1997 Visiting Lecturer, MSc in Continuing Education and Training. City University.
  • 1996 Senior Staff Development Consultant in Social Services. London Borough of Islington (Local Government employment).
  • 1995 Management Consultant & Clinical Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in Psychotherapy, Newham National Health Service Trust.
  • 1993 Psychotherapist, National Health Service. (Part-time) Halliwick Psychotherapy Dept., St. Ann’s Hospital, North London.
  • 1993 Course Director, Diploma in Person-Centred and Existential Counselling, City University.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 2016 United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accredited clinical supervisor
  • 2015 Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • 2014 Member of The European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC)
  • 2013 BUPA recognised psychotherapist
  • 1997 United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registration as a Psychotherapist.
  • 1999 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation as Senior Psychotherapist/trainer of                                                         
  • 2009 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation as Counsellor clinical supervisor.
  • 2003 Member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research

Teaching & Course Development

Maria’s teaching roles include the design and production of an MA in psychotherapy and counselling module on the therapeutic relationship and frame, teaching and assessing experiential and video work on the Counselling Psychology Doctorate, assessment and psychological formulation modules on both programmes, a module on sexual dynamics in psychotherapy work, on ethics and boundaries and qualitative research methods, particularly Grounded Theory. She currently teaches modules on professional issues & the integrative psychotherapy relationship and on sexual attraction in therapy on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, where she also provides clinical supervision.

 

Research Supervision

Maria currently supervises 4 PhD, 3 DPsych and 4 MA research students. As the Director of Studies, she has supervised 2 PhD and 9 DPsy students to successful completion. She also supervised over 200 Masters students in their final dissertation. Maria has been a DPsy external examiner at a number of UK universities and examined several as an internal examiner.

Research Interests

  • Sexual bullying among university students
  • Handling sexual attraction in therapy
  • Conceptualisations and therapeutic activities with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS)
  • Migrant counselling and support in European countries
  • Embodiment, bracketing and reflexivity in Grounded theory
  • Integration in psychotherapy

Publications

Media appearances

  • Luca, M. (25/03/2016). Sexual Bullying Among Young People. Sky News Live.

Chapters in books

  • Luca, M. (2017). The bullied child in the vulnerable adult: Therapeutic work with adults bullied in childhood. In Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers (eds.) Bullying in Schools: Intervention and Prevention. London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Bullying in Schools: Intervention and Prevention (Accepted. Due to be published July 2017).
  • Luca, M. (2015) A Clinical Profile of Somatisation- Why are you Wearing a Woolly Hat on a Hot Summer Day? - A Grounded Theory Study. Conference Proceedings of Katedra Psychologie, pp. 50-66. ISBN: 978-80-244-4411-6.
  • Luca, M. (2015). The role of the therapist in helping university students who have been bullied: a case study of sexual bullying. In Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers (eds.) Bullying Among University Students. London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
  • Luca, M. (2014). Editorial Introduction: An encounter with erotic desire in therapy. In M. Luca (Editor). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice. London: Wiley.
  • Luca, M. (2014). Epilogue: Meta-Reflections on Sexual Attraction. In M. Luca (Editor). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice. London: Wiley.
  • Luca, M. & Soskice, J. (2014). Why Can’t we be Lovers? The Love-Obsessed Clients who Stalk their Therapist. In M. Luca (Editor). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice. London: Wiley.
  • Luca, M. & Boyden, M. (2014). An Elephant in the Room: A Grounded Theory of Experienced Psychotherapists’ Reactions & Attitudes to Sexual Attraction. In M. Luca (Editor). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice. London: Wiley.
  • Luca, M. (2009) ‘A Therapist’s Portrait of a Clinical Encounter with a Somatizer’. Relational Centred Research for Psychotherapists: Exploring Meanings and Experience. Editors: Linda Finlay and Ken Evans. London: Blackwells.
  • Luca, M. (2004). Introduction – Reflections on the therapeutic frame. In M. Luca (editor), The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Luca, M. (2004). Boundary Issues in Psychotherapy: from the literal to the figurative frame. In Maria Luca (editor), The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives. London: Brunner-Routledge

Journal

  • Editor in Chief & Founder: Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections. January 2016. ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Consulting Editor: The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Issue 13 (2017). ISSN 1759-0000.

Books Editor

  • Luca, M. (ed) (2014). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice London: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-67434-5
  • Luca, M. (Ed) (2004). The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives. London: Brunner-Routledge. ISBN 10: 1583919775 ISBN 13: 9781583919774

Articles in Peer reviewed 

  • Luca, M. (2017). Understanding and handling sexual desire in therapy – a relational, integrative perspective. The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 13: 37-45. ISSN 1759-0000.
  • Luca, M. (2017). Inter-generational transmission of trauma through attachment, manifested in bodily distress – A Case study. Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections. (Accepted. Due for publication Sept. 2017). ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Torren, M. & Luca, M. (2017). The Persecutory Character of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Grounded Theory Analysis of the Lived Experience of IBS Sufferers. (Accepted. Due for publication Sept. 2017). ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Luca, M. (2017). Clinical Supervisors’ Handling of Sexual Attraction in the work of Therapists they Supervise. Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, 2(1): 3-10. January 2017. ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Luca, M. (2016). Embodied, Constructivist, Grounded Theory. Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, 1(1): 11-18. ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Luca, M. (2016). Trainee therapists’ moralistic reactions and defensive handling of client sexual attraction in therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, 1(1): 27-34. ISSN 2054-457X.
  • Lečbych, M., Kolarik, M., Luca, M., & Markovic, D. (2016). How Czech supervisors engage in the supervisory process on sexual attraction and strategies used to supervise sexual attraction in the work of supervisees. Polish Journal of Applied Psychology, 14 (3): 27–42. ISSN 2354-0052
  • Luca, M., and Filippopoulos, P. (2013). Motivational and Adaptation Experiences of Returnees and Migrants to Cyprus: A Grounded Theory Study with Counselling Psychology Application and Practice Implications in Europe. European Journal of Counselling Psychology, Vol 2 (2): 9-27. ISSN: 2195-7614
  • Luca, M. (2011) Therapeutic activities and psychological interventions by CBT and psychodynamic therapists working with medically unexplained symptoms: A qualitative study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1-10, iFirst article . DOI:10.1080/14733145.2011.605455. ISSN 1473-3145
  • Luca, M. (2010) A qualitative study of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapists’ conceptualizations of medically unexplained symptoms in their clients. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 11(4): 291-299. ISSN 1473-3145
  • Luca, M. (2009) Embodied Research and Grounded Theory. University of Wales: UK.http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/featuredcontent/articles/staffarticles/EmbodiedResearchandGroundedTheory.aspx.
  • Luca, M. (2003). Containment of the Sexualized and Erotized Transference. Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 11(4): 649-662. pISSN = 1076-044X
  • Luca-Stolkin, M. (1999) Pandora’s Box: The shadow of femininity in the treatment of psycho-somatic distress. Psychodynamic Counselling, 5 (2). London: Routledge. ISSN 1353-3339

Other publications

  • Luca, M. (2015). Understanding and Handling Sexual Desire in Therapy. The Psychotherapist. The Magazine of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Issue 60. Summer 2015.
  • Luca, M. (2015). A Global World With Global Problems: Sexual bullying among young people and how psychotherapy can help. Global Woman Magazine. June 2015.
  • Luca, M. (2014). The Story Behind My Success. Migrant Woman Magazine. Issue No. 3 / June 6, 2014
  • Luca, M. (2013). GUEST EDITORIAL The value of Grounded Theory in researching psychological and nursing Practices. Ošetřovatelství a porodní asistence Issue 4. April 2013. ISSN 1804-2740.
    Luca-Stolkin, M. (2000). Surviving Terror in the Clinical Encounter. The Psychotherapy Review, 2 (11).
    Luca-Stolkin, M. (2000). The Unsayable in Hysteria. The Psychotherapy Review, 2 (2).

Other Outputs

Public acknowledgements

Shortlisted for British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Awards 2006 for the development of the counselling service in Newham. For Excellence in the Practice of Psychotherapy & Counselling: “Maria Luca & Jessie Emilion at Newham University Hospital for their bereavement service”: In Therapy Today, BACP, Vol. 17(9), November 2006.

 

Conference Papers Given

  • Torren, M. & Luca, M. (2017). The persecutory character of irritable bowel syndrome. Annual conference Reflections Research Centre. 10 June 2017.
  • Luca, M. (2017). Sexual Attraction in Therapy. UKAPI conference, 4 February 2017.
  • Luca, M. (2016) Introduction and Chair of Discussion Panel. Sexual Oppression and its Impact on mental health and well-being: implications for psychology and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre 3rd Annual Conference: Regent’s University London. October 2016.
  • Luca, M. (2016). Supervisors’ Handling of Sexual Attraction in the Work of Therapists they Supervise. Oxford Society of Psychotherapy. Oxford University, October 2016.
  • Luca, M. (2016). Supervisors’ Handling of Sexual Attraction in the Work of Therapists they Supervise. Keynote speaker. January 2016. International Conference on Counselling Psychotherapy and Wellness, Christ University, Bangalore, India.
  • Luca, M. (2015). Sexual bullying among young people and how psychotherapy can help. Conference: Tensions in Handling Sexuality and Sexual Attraction in the Consulting Room- Multi-modality perspectives. June 13, 2015. Regents University London.
  • Luca, M. (2015). Inspiring Migrant Women Conference. Organised by the Migrant Woman Magazine. London, Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, 2 May 2015.
  • Luca, M. (2015). The role of the therapist in helping university students who have been bullied: a case study of sexual bullying. Lisbon University. The European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC). 1-4 July 2015. Symposium.
  • Luca, M. (2013). The moral propensity of trainee counselling psychologists and psychotherapists to sexual attraction in their work: A Grounded Theory Study. Sept. 2013, Society for Psychotherapy Research. Oxford University.
  • Luca, M. (2013). Motivation and adaptation experiences of returnees and migrants to Cyprus: a grounded theory study with counselling psychology application and practice implications in Europe. Migration Journeys conference. Regent’s University London.
  • Luca, M. (2013). Researching psychotherapy and counselling psychology’ Trainee Counselling Psychologists’ & Psychotherapists’ attitudes & reactions to sexual attraction in therapy: A grounded theory study, Palacky University, Czech Republic.
  • Luca, M. (2013). Therapeutic activities and psychological interventions by cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic therapists working with medically unexplained symptoms: A qualitative study’. Palacky University, Czech Republic.
  • Luca, M. (2013). Embodied Research and Grounded Theory’. Palacky University, Czech Republic.
  • Luca, M. (2012). Research at the Reflection’s Research Centre. Regent’s College Affiliates event, January 2012.
  • Luca, M. (2011). Client use of psychotherapy: Are there identifiable client groups? International conference. Society for Psychotherapy Research. Bern, Switzerland.
  • Luca, M. (2011). The Lived experience of migrants and returnees. – 15th – 17th June 2011 – Bratislava, Slovakia. European Grundtvig migrant project.
  • Luca, M. (2011). European Migrants to Cyprus: A grounded theory study. European Grundtvig migrant project. 11th – 13th May 2011 – Greece.
  • Luca, M. (2011). Anti-oppressive practices in counselling and employment services. Cyprus Ministry of Employment. April, 2011.
  • Luca, M. (2011). European Migrants to Cyprus: A grounded theory study . European Grundtvig migrant project. 2nd, 3rd, 4th February 2011 - Prague.Luca, M. & Dawson, K. (2010). D Level research supervision and examining. 16-17 December 2010 – Regent’s College. December 2010.
  • Luca, M. (2010). A Case Study of the Effect of Alexithymia on Relational Depth in Psychotherapy, 41st International Conference (7 days) by the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Panel presenter. Asilomar, California. June 2010.
  • Luca, M. (2010). The Future of Psychotherapy Trainings in Europe. European Conference - Paper presenter at the Sigmund Freud University of Vienna on. March 2010.
  • Luca, M. (2009). Embodied supervision of psychology and psychotherapy. Paper presenter. Organised by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy and Counselling. June 2009.
  • Luca, M. (2009). Leadership Styles and Effective Communication. For senior ranks at the Cyprus Police Academy. Workshop, April 2009.
  • Luca, M. (2009). Grounded Theory as a qualitative Research Method. Staff at Regent’s
    College. January 2009.
  • Luca, M. (2007). Grounded Theory as a qualitative Research Method. Staff at Regent’s
    College. September 2007.
  • Luca, M. (2007). Embodied, reflexive research. For staff and students of Regent’s College. May 2007.
  • Luca, M. (2006). The use of Grounded Theory to research conceptualisations and clinical practices of Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic Therapists. International Research Conference (7 days) held at the University of Edinburgh and organised by the Society for Psychotherapy Research. June 2006.
  • Luca, M. (2004). Boundary Issues and the Therapeutic Frame in Psychotherapy, Lecture for ‘The Society for Existential Analysis’, London, The Tavistock Centre. November 2004.
  • Luca, M. (2003). The Effects of Feminism on the Psychological Lives of men, women & Children.(Editor) Jenny Murray. BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ 7/10/03. Participated in questions.
  • Luca, M. (2003). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, KEK Pasteur, Thessaloniki, Greece. Gave a week’s lectures to students and medical Staff on strategies in handling interactions with patients/clients who are traumatised. April 2003.
  • Luca, M. (2000). Supervision Masterclass, Joint clinical presentation with Professor Peter Fonagy (Chair of the Freud Museum), at the Tavistock Centre, as part of a series by Confer. June
    2000.
  • Luca, M. (2000). Managing Money in the Therapeutic Relationship. Paper presented at The Tavistock Centre, as part of the clinical series by Confer. May 2000.
  • Luca, M. (2000). Surviving Terror in the Clinical Encounter, Paper presented at the Tavistock Centre as part of the clinical series by Confer. January 2000.
  • Luca, M. (1995). The Sexual Identity of Greek-Cypriot Women, conference, North London University. July 1995.
  • Luca, M. (1994). Starting a Professional Practice’ and ‘Existential Facilitation Styles’, Paper City University. September 1994.
  • Luca, M. (1989). Black and Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Paper presented at a conference organised by the London Borough of Islington. (Local Government). February 1989.
  • Luca, M. (1989). Identity of Greek-Cypriot Children and the impact of divorce on the family. Speaker on London Greek Radio. March 1989.Luca, M. (1998). The Mental Health of Cypriots, Paper presented at a clinical series organised by Chase Farm Hospital. November 1988.

Last updated: 08 December 2017