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.

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 leads the Master’s level research teaching, and participates in doctoral research supervision and examination on the programme. She is closely involved in the leadership and day to day running of the academic, research and practice components of the programme.

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
  • 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
  • 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 is currently supervising a number of counselling psychology doctoral projects at Regent’s.

Research Interests

Isabel 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.

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 is the Programme External Examiner for the UEL Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has served as internal examiner of doctoral degrees at Regent’s University London, 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.