Dr Paul McGinley

Senior Lecturer

Professional Biography

Paul is a registered and accredited psychotherapist. He works and supervises mainly in private practice but also for various counselling organisations. He has been a tutor, academic supervisor and personal and professional development facilitator at School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (SCCP) since 2004, where he also trained and qualified. Paul's previous career was as a musician on a self-employed basis.


  • PhD in Psychotherapeutic Studies 
  • 'Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy' - Regent's College SPCP 2004
  • M.A. in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Regent's College SPCP 2003
  • Foundation Course in Psychotherapy and Counselling SPCP 2000


  • McGinley., P. ‘Existential Therapy and the Transformative Possibilities of Therapists’ Tears’ (pp115-130) in, Blume-Markovici., A. (ed) (2017) When Therapists Cry: Reflections on Therapists’ Tears in Therapy. New York: Routledge.
  • McGinley, P (2011). ‘The Question of the Self in Existential Thought' Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis 22.
  • McGinley, P (2008). 'On Crying' 'Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis' 19.2
  • McGinley, P (2006). 'The Question of Existential/ Phenomenological Theory'  'Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis' 17.2

Research Supervision

  • Supervised dissertations to completion and is currently supervising six MA Dissertations on the Psychotherapy and Counselling pathway (Regent's University. SPP)

Research Interests

  • Currently undertaking PhD research into the phenomenon of 'Crying' within the psychotherapeutic context'.
  • Phenomenological methodology with a particular focus upon what is phenomenological about various psychotherapeutic theories and practices.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • UKCP Registered
  • BACP Accredited
  • Chair of the UKCP ‘Constructivist and Existential College’
  • Former Chair of the 'Society for Existential Analysis'
  • On the ‘Membership Committee’ of the UKCP
  • On the ‘Education, Training, and Practice Committee’ of the UKCP
  • On the ‘Professional Regulatory Committee of Colleges and Faculties’ committee of the UKCP.

Other Outputs

  • Chairperson and Respondent – Society for Existential Analysis 22nd Annual Conference: London, 2013

Conference Papers Given

  • ‘Is Existential Psychotherapy Ethical?’ Paper presented at the World Congress of Existential Psychotherapy 2015
  • ‘Regulation and boundaries’ Talk given at the SEA Conference 2014
  • ‘Sexuality and the Creative Act' Key Note  Speech for the Conference for the Society for Existential Analysis (November 2010)
  • ‘The Question of the Self in Existential Thought' ‘Talk From the Chair' (2010)
  • 'On Crying' Society for Existential Analysis 'Talk from the Chair' (2008)

Teaching & Course Development

  • Module Leader for both first and second year existential modules (1.2; 2.2) on the MA/PGDip at Regent's
  • Course tutor on the Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotheraphy, where I constantly review and update the input
  • Continually involved in developing and updating all academic and practical modules in existential-phenomenological psychotherapy on the MA/Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling


Examines internal dissertations at SPP to MA level.