Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Senior Lecturer - DPsych Counselling Psychology

Professional Biography

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis has been teaching, mentoring and supervising Counselling, Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology students in various higher, further and adult education settings for the last 20 years.

Anastasios is also a Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice, a Researcher and a Writer. He has published several articles on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in peer-reviewed journals and he is the Editor of two books: "Narcissism: A Critical Reader" (2007) and "The Male in Analysis: Psychoanalytic and Cultural Perspectives" (2011). He is in the process of publishing his third edited book: "(No) Ordinary Encounters - Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives on the Sublime in Everyday Life".


  • 2017-2021: Relational Psychoanalytic Training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York, USA.
  • 1996-2002: PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Kent. Title of PhD Thesis: “Death, Time, and the Unconscious - Representations and/of Death in French Psychoanalytic Thought”.
  • 1996-1998: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, Goldsmiths (University of London). Title of PGDip Dissertation: “The Uses and Meanings of Silence in the Psychotherapeutic Process”
  • 1995-1996: MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Kent (with Distinction). Title of MA Dissertation: “Differences and Similarities Between Nietzsche’s and Adorno’s Philosophy and their Implications for Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice”
  • 1993-1996: Diploma in Philosophy, Birkbeck College (University of London)
  • 1992-1995: BSc (Honours) in Psychology, Royal Holloway (University of London), Grade: 2:1. Title of BSc Project: “Identifying Pathological Religiosity and Levels of Religious Maturity through the Use of Religious Language”.

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2016-to date: Theory Editor – European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) 
  • 2010-2019: Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Roehampton
  • 1998-2019: Associate Lecturer for the MA Counselling and Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling at Goldsmiths (University of London)
  • 2007-2010: Senior Lecturer for the MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling and Cert HE/Diploma in Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire
  • 2002-2010: Associate Lecturer for the Open University’s Postgraduate Social Science Courses (D853: Identity in Question, D856: Cultural Studies Dissertation)
  • 2006-2008: Associate Lecturer for the Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Cambridge
  • 2005-2008: Associate Lecturer for SO304: Studying Modern Culture and SO300: Sociology at the University of Kent
  • 2003-2005: Visiting Lecturer and Course Coordinator for Psychology and Psychosomatics at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)
  • 2002-2005: Visiting Lecturer for the BA Counselling at North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot)


Research Interests

  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Qualitative Research in Counselling Psychology
  • Aesthetics and Psychoanalysis
  • The Male in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Education and Psychoanalysis
  • Death and Dying - Grief and Bereavement

Research Supervision

  • Tang, Lai Ying. “Counselling Psychologists’ Perceptions of Social Class Within the Therapeutic Relationship” (CoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 03.2018)
  • Piki, Eirini. “Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice as Influenced by Freudian and Post-Freudian Views on Child Sexual Abuse Memories”. Goldsmiths (University of London). (PhD Principal Supervisor).(PhD Thesis Passed 10.2017)
  • Jones, Lee “How Do Counselling Psychologists Construct Male Sexual Dysfunction: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis” (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 04.2017)
  • Pournara Maria “How do Psychological Practitioners Construct and Work Therapeutically with Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis.” (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 03.2017)
  • Manakas, Emmanouil. “Poesis in/between the Transferential Matrix – Insight, Imagination and the Relational Interpretation”. Goldsmiths (University of London). (PhD Principal Supervisor) (PhD Thesis Passed 02.2017)
  • Spreckelsen, Maya von. “Exploring the Therapists’ Experiences of Working with Stroke Clients” (DoS and Co-supervisor) (PsychD Thesis Passed 04.2016)
  • Collins, Ronan “Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists’ Constructions of Collaboration in their Therapeutic Practice” (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 02.2016).
  • Davidson, Lucy “How Counselling Psychologists Conceptualise and Work Therapeutically with Grief and Loss: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis” (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 02.2016)
  • Humphry-Baker, Hannah “How Do Fathers Make Sense of Late Miscarriage or Still Birth after Therapy” (DoS and Co-supervisor) (PsychD Thesis Passed 01.2016)
  • Al-Obaid, Katerina “How Do Experienced Therapists Conceptualise Supervision?” (DoS and Co-supervisor) (PsychD Thesis Passed 05.2015)
  • Buckland, Christian “In What Ways, If Any, Does Psychiatric Diagnosis Influence the Way Psychotherapists and Counselling Psychologists Work” (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 04.2015)
  • O’Driscoll, Sharon “White Trainee Counselling Psychologists’ Attitudes Towards Racial Prejudice”. (Co-Supervisor) (PsychD Thesis Passed 07.2013)
  • Caitlin Allison (2013). “The Relational Experience of Facebook: The Impact of Online Social Networking on Users’ Relationships and Relational Selves”. University of Roehampton, Department of Psychology (DoS) (PsychD Thesis Passed 05.2013)
  • Babula, Michael (2007). “Higher Motivation in a Threat Environment – September 11th, 2001”. Goldsmiths (University of London). Department of Politics. (Assistant Supervisor) (PhD thesis Passed 06.2004)

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

  • The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Member and ex-Acting Chair of the Council)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP reg.)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS – Graduate Member)
  • Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of BPS (Member)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA Fellow)
  • Royal Society of Arts (FRSA

External Examining

  • 18 Oct 2006: Internal Examiner from MPhil to PhD – Goldsmiths College
  • 10 March 2010: Internal Examiner from MPhil to PhD – University of Hertfordshire
  • 20 July 2011: External Examiner for Carlos Dias’ PhD thesis – Goldsmiths College
  • 10 December 2015: External Examiner for Eva Sykorova’s PsychD Thesis – London Metropolitan University
  • 21 June 2016: External Examiner for Georgina Barnett’s PsychD Thesis – London Metropolitan University
  • 17 Feb 2017: External Examiner for Said Aris Tarabi’s PsychD Thesis – London Metropolitan University
  • 20 September 2017: External Examiner for Joanna Davies’ PsychD Thesis – University of the West of England (UWE)
  • 13 January 2012:18 January 2018 - Internal Examiner for 10 PsychD Theses - University of Roehampton
  • 16 May 2019: External Examiner for Meherangiz Press' PsychD Thesis - Regent's University London
  • 2 Sep 2019 - ongoing: External Examiner for PGDip Humanistic Counselling and MSc Psychotherapy - University of Brighton

Conference Papers

  • “It's Music to my Psychoanalytic Ears’: Building Bridges Between Psychoanalysis and Music”. Conference: ‘Music in the Psychoanalytic Ear: Thinking, Listening and Playing’, 19 May 2018, Research Day at the Institute of Musical Research, The Court Room, Senate House Library, London.
  • “Correspondence with the Deceased in Research and Therapy Practice”. ADEC 40th Annual Conference, 25-28 April 2018, Pittsburgh, PA. 
  • “Correspondence with the Deceased: From Memorialisation to Continuing Bonds”. Conference: Remember Me: The Changing Face of Memorialisation, 4-7 April 2018, The Guildhall, Hull City Centre - University of Hull
  • “Matters of Love and Death in Michael Haneke’s Amour”. Psychoanalysis and Education Conference 2017, Christchurch University, 23-25 Nov 2017, ‘Creativity in the Psychoanalytic Process and in Lifelong Learning’.
  • “Sex and Death on the Couch”. UPCA Conference 2016, University of Roehampton, 19 Nov 2016, ‘Sex, Violence, Sex and Violence: Real or Imagined’. 
  • “Being a Refugee in a World without Refuge”. Drayton Arms Theatre, 5-6 Nov 2016 ‘Homeland – Nour Festival (Kensington and Chelsea)’.
  • “The Male in Analysis: Masculinity Issues in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice”. The Counselling Centre Annual Conference, Tunbridge Wells. 8 Oct 2016. http://www.thecounsellingcentre.org.uk/news/2016/04/12/the-counselling-centres-annual-conference-saturday-8th-october-2016
  • “Psychoanalysis and Liquidity” – The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 9 Dec 2015, ‘Liquidity: A Symposium’. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/symposium-liquidity 10. “The Nature and Consequence of the Fetish in Education” – The School of Education, University of Sheffield, 22–24 October 2015, ‘Psychoanalysis and Education Conference’.
  • “When Learning Gets in the Way of Education: The Deception, Distraction and Disavowal of a Fetish” – Universite Paris Descartes, 16 July 2015, ‘Psychoanalysis and Education Symposium’. 
  • “Critical Theory and Psychotherapy” – Freud Museum and University of Roehampton, 13 June 2015, ‘Do We Need a Critical Psychotherapy?’ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/freud-museum-london/id427403957?mt=2&i=345934534
  • “It Is Not a Matter of Fact; It Is the Facts that Matter”: How Evidence is Constructed in Psychotherapeutic Research?” Univ. of Roehampton, 28th May 2015, ‘NICE or not so NICE’. http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/psychology/events/ 
  • “Narcissism, Melancholia and the ‘Activity’ of the Subject” – University of Warwick, Department of Sociology, 11-12 March 2015, ‘Narcissism and Melancholia: Reflections on a Century” http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/research/clusters/tam/narcissismandmelancholia/
  • “Psychotherapy and Commodity Fetishism” – Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) Conference, 22 Nov 2014. “Psychotherapy and Counselling: From Cottage Industry to Factory Production”. 
  • “Contemporary Gender Theories and their Relevance for Clinical Practice” – University of Roehampton, 19 June 2013. “Training and Clinical Placements Conference”.
  • “Divine Violence or Atheistic Non-Violence? - The Aporias of Religious and Atheistic Accounts of the Use of Violence by Contemporary Social Movements”. University of Kent, Canterbury. 13-14 October 2012. “Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest: An Interdisciplinary Conference”. 
  • “To Teach or Not to Teach: Instruction versus Experiential Learning in Psychotherapy Training”. Univ. of Roehampton, 23 May 2012. (9th Annual Learning & Teaching Con.). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOvvTefH620 
  • “Psychoanalysis, Teaching and the Subject of Knowledge”. Christ Church University. 29-31 March 2012. “Psychoanalysis and Education: Subjects and Selves in the Teaching and Learning Process”.