Dr Kate Du Toit

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Professional Biography

Kate is a Chartered Member of the BPS and the DCoP, an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis. She has in depth knowledge and passion for existential, phenomenological and postmodern philosophies and their application to clinical practice. Kate has expertise in qualitative methodologies, especially IPA and Grounded theory and has done extensive research on the role of uncertainty and its relevance to therapeutic practice. She is also interested in critical psychopathology and theories of human distress, embodiment, intersubjectivity and ontological and epistemological foundations of CoP.

Before joining Regent's, Kate was a visiting lecturer at the University of Surrey and held various clinical, organisational, research and leadership positions in the NHS and charity sector. She has significant experience working with adults in acute distress in both individual and group settings and has been working for a number of years as a counselling psychologist in mental health teams that offer short and long term therapeutic interventions to individuals with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

Qualifications

  • DPsych in Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy, Richman
  • EMDR Training Ltd Certificate in Clinical Supervision, University of Surrey

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2019 - Present: Lecturer in DPsych Counselling Psychology, Regent’s University London
  • 2018: External Examiner at Metanoia Institute
  • 2016 - 2018: Specialist Counselling Psychologist, CMHRS, SABP NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2017 - 2018: Visiting Lecturer in PsychD Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey
  • 2016 - Present: Counselling Psychologist, Private Practice
  • 2015 - 2016: Counselling Psychologist in training, CMHRS, SABP NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2014 - 2015: Counselling Psychologist in training, Domestic Violence Intervention Project
  • 2013 - 2014: Counselling Psychologist in training, CMHRS, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2012 - 2013: Research Assistant, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust 2012: Arts Psychotherapy Trainee, Forensic Services, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2011 - 2012: Victim Support Volunteer

Publications

  • Du Toit, K (2017), Existential Contributions to the Problematization of Trauma: An Expression of the Bewildering Ambiguity of Human Existence. Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 28.1 
  • Du Toit K, Smith L, Konstantinou I (2013), The effect of immediate forced false responses on delayed recognition memory accuracy and confidence ratings. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 8 (3), 1 – 16.

Research Interests

Kate is particularly interested in existential and phenomenological approaches to CoP and psychotherapy, critical psychopathology and theories of human distress, embodiment, intersubjectivity, ontological and epistemological foundations of CoP and qualitative research methods, specifically Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, and Grounded Theory. Her own research has focussed on the role of uncertainty in CoP and its relevance to therapeutic practice.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist
  • Member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)

Examining

  • External Examiner at Metanoia Institute: DCPsych and DCPsych/DCP Research Project Presentation Programme Approval Panel Assessment

Teaching & Course Development

Prior to joining Regents, Kate was a visiting lecturer at the University of Surrey, where she delivered lectures and workshops on the PsychD in Counselling Psychology course that focussed on Counselling Psychology Theory and Practice, in Humanistic and Psychodynamic teaching modules.