Dr Isabel Henton

Head of Programmes (DPsych)

Professional Biography

Isabel is Head of Programme for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych) at Regent’s and oversees the PG Cert in Psychological Counselling, the PG Dip in Psychological Counselling and the MSc in Psychological Counselling awards.

The DPsych is accredited by the British Psychological Society and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Isabel recently led a successful revalidation of the programme, which has now been revalidated for full-term period of five years with effect from 1st September 2019 by its validating body The Open University.

Isabel is an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, accredited with the BPS as a Chartered Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the BPS. Prior to joining the DPsych at Regent’s as a Senior Lecturer, she held academic and leadership posts at London Metropolitan University, and City, University of London.

Isabel has five years' experience in teaching, course development and leadership on professional doctorates in counselling psychology. She currently leads and teaches the Year 1 research programme, participates in doctoral research supervision and examination, and is involved in the day to day running of the academic, research and practice components of the DPsych.

Isabel trained in counselling psychology at London Metropolitan University, and qualified in 2015. She was previously educated in classics and philosophy at Oxford University, and brings an interest in philosophy to her research, academic and practice work.

Isabel has ten years’ experience of private practice and honorary work with adults in NHS primary and secondary care settings, as well as in the education and third sectors. She has run a private practice in the City and North London since 2015. Her practice draws on resources from CBT and third-wave CBT, phenomenology, existentialism, and relational psychoanalysis.


  • DProf Counselling Psychology, London Metropolitan University
  • GradDip Psychology, First class, London Metropolitan University
  • GradCert Psychology, First class, London Metropolitan University
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, Royal Society of the Arts
  • BA (Hons), MA, Literae Humaniores (Classics), 2:1, Oxford University

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2017-2018: Interim Course Leader, DPsych Counselling Psychology, Regent's University London
  • 2017-present: Senior Lecturer, DPsych Counselling Psychology, Regent's
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer and Deputy Clinical Director, DPsych Counselling Psychology, City, University of London
  • 2016-2017: Visiting Lecturer, DPsych Counselling Psychology, Regent's University London
  • 2015-present: Associate, London Counselling Psychologists
  • 2015-present: Registered Counselling Psychologist, private practice
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer, DProf Counselling Psychology, London Metropolitan University
  • 2008-2014: Counselling Psychologist in training, honorary placements in the NHS and third sector
  • 1997-2003: Consultant and Business Development Manager, Metapraxis, Kingston-on-Thames


  • Henton, I. (2019). Guest editorial: Introduction to a special section on practice-based research and counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Quarterly (doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2019.1570081).
  • Tarabi, S. A., Loulopoulou, A. I., & Henton, I. (2018). “Guide or conversation?” The experience of Second-Generation Pakistani Muslim men receiving CBT in the UK. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1-20.
  • Henton, I. (February, 2017). The challenges of training people to be both researchers and practitioners? Available from: https://counsellingpsy.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/the-challenges-of-training-in-research-and-practice/
  • Henton, I., & Kasket, E. (2017). Research in counselling psychology. In V. Galbraith, (Ed.), Applied psychologies: Counselling psychology. London, England: Taylor Francis.
  • Henton, I. (December, 2016). Originality, how far can you go? Or how to be original without going ‘too far’. Paper presented to the third-year DPsych programme, City, University of London.
  • Henton, I. (September, 2016). Criticality is critical in your literature review. Available from: https://counsellingpsy.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/criticality-is-critical-in-your-literature-review/
  • Henton, I. (2016). Engaging in research. In B. Douglas, R. Woolfe, S. Strawbridge, E. Kasket, & V. Galbraith, (Eds.), Handbook of counselling psychology (4th ed.). London, England: Sage.
  • Henton, I. (2015). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of counselling psychology trainees’ experiences of practice-based research training. Unpublished doctoral thesis. London Metropolitan University.
  • Henton, I. (February 2014). Newham CMHT Psychological services: A proposal for a mixed methods service evaluation of CBT outcomes. Paper presented at London Metropolitan University.
  • Henton, I. (2012). Counselling psychology and practice-based research: A critical review and proposal. Counselling Psychology Review, 27(3), 11-28. * Winner of 2012 BPS Counselling Psychology Trainee Prize.
  • Henton, I., & Midgley, N. (2012). “A path in the woods”: Child psychotherapists' participation in a large randomised controlled trial. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12(3), 1-10.
  • Henton, I., & Midgley, N. (2011). The marriage of practice and science. Therapy Today, 22(7), 26-27.
  • Henton, I. (July, 2011). “A path in the woods”: A story of psychotherapists’ involvement in outcome research. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research annual conference, Bern, Switzerland.

Research Supervision

Isabel has supervised around 25 doctoral projects and is currently Director of Studies or Supervisor for between eight and eleven doctoral projects at Regent’s. She has supervised seven doctoral theses to completion.

Research Activity

Isabel is an active researcher and writer. She is a member of the Editorial Board and a Peer Reviewer for the international Counselling Psychology Quarterly journal. She recently guest-edited a special edition of the CPQ on practice-based research and counselling psychology.

Research Interests

Isabel's knowledge of research methods includes interested in areas in which relationships between research practice and therapeutic practice are negotiated. For instance, how tacit knowing, process and change in therapy can be reflected in research; how practitioners experience involvement in research, in training and qualified contexts; counselling psychology’s engagement with discourses such as evidence-based practice, scientist-practitioner and practice-based research; understandings of master’s and doctoral qualities in professional doctoral research frameworks; and the place of research and research practices in counselling psychology training.

Isabel knowledge of research methods includes IPA, grounded theory, case study, process research, effectiveness research and mixed methods.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Registered Counselling Psychologist

British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
  • Registered Supervisor (RAPPS)
  • Member of the Psychotherapy Section
  • Member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section

Higher Education Academy

  • Associate Fellow


Isabel's teaching interests include counselling psychology and research; quantitative, qualitative, mixed and practice-based research methods; doctoral research skills; existentialism, phenomenology, ethics, ontology and epistemology; and relational CBT and contemporary psychoanalysis.

Isabel currently leads and teaches on the following Level 8 modules:

  • EPC725 Year 1 Counselling Psychology Research
  • EPC837 Psychodynamic Approaaches in Counselling Psychology
  • EPC854 Advanced Counselling Psychology Practice Research and Employability
  • EPC852 Year 3 Professional Practice


Isabel is the Programme External Examiner for the UEL Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has served as internal examiner of five doctoral degrees at Regent’s, City, University of London, and London Metropolitan University, and as external examiner for the Doctorate in Public Works at the University of Middlesex and the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University.