Module
descriptions

for MA Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy

This module looks at the origins and development of psychoanalytic theory and the major concepts that underpin it. You will explore the divergent views of various schools of psychoanalysis on theory and concepts, as well as the controversies that result. You will also look at how various approaches to psychoanalytic theory and concepts may relate to psychoanalytic technique and skills, placing this in the wider context of psychotherapy.

Existential-Phenomenological Approaches to Psychotherapy

This module introduces the central concerns of the existential-phenomenological view of the world, its antecedents and foundations in existential philosophy and, critically, how it is applied to the practice of psychotherapy. You will examine the work of major philosophers of existence and take an existential approach to psychotherapy as a means of understanding concepts such as ‘truth’ and ‘meaning’ in the context of clinical practice.

Humanistic and Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy

This module provides an understanding of humanistic and integrative approaches to psychotherapy, taking in experiential and spiritual/transpersonal phenomena as well as the socio-political dimension. You will consider these approaches in historical context and in terms of the development of ideas, and explore concepts of self in order to deepen your capacity for ‘openness to being’ in yourself and others.

Contemporary Theory and Practice in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This advanced academic module looks at the relevance of Freudian thinking today, post-Kleinian developments, developmental psychology, attachment theory and the role of intersubjectivity in psychoanalytic thinking.

Contemporary Theory and Practice in Existential Psychotherapy

This advanced module looks at freedom in an existential context. You will explore existential perspectives on anxiety and guilt and on therapeutic creativity, ‘un-knowing’ as opposed to knowing, and time-limited existential psychotherapy including the various dimensions of time.

Contemporary Theory and Practice in Integrative Psychotherapy

This module explores the therapeutic relationship, frame and mind/body in the clinical context; therapeutic creativity in abstracts including dialogue, language, memory, emotions, moods and states of mind; values, ethics and spirituality; and sexuality including male/female, heterosexual/homosexual and erotic transference/counter transference.

Research Methods in Psychotherapy: Academic, Clinical and Professional Skills

Research forms an integral part of the contemporary approach to learning in the field of psychotherapy. In research methods seminars, you will experience an in depth critical presentation of the main approaches to both quantitative and qualitative research today.

Clinical Placement

You will undertake a supervised clinical placement in Year 2, working with individuals in approved settings such as NHS out-patient psychiatric/psychotherapy units or GP practices, colleges and some schools, voluntary counselling services and prisons.