Professor Isabel Henton

Programme Director, Counselling Psychology Programmes

Professional biography

Isabel is the Programme Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych), validated by The Open University, and the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy), validated by University of Wales. She is also a Director of People and member of the Provost's Group.

A Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a BPS registered supervisor, Isabel has over twelve years' experience of qualified and honorary training practice in NHS primary and secondary care, education, private and third sectors.

Isabel has held academic and leadership positions in higher education over the last seven years, at London Metropolitan University, City, University of London, and Regent's.

She currently leads and teaches doctoral research modules, participates in doctoral research supervision and examination, and manages the DPsych and DCounsPsy programmes and their relationships with validatory, accreditory and statutory partners.

Previously educated in classics and philosophy at Oxford University, Isabel worked for six years in management consultancy, before qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist in 2015. 


  • 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

  • 2018-Present: Programme Director (Head of Programme), DPsych Counselling Psychology
  • 2017-2018: Interim Course Leader and Practice Lead, DPsych Counselling Psychology, Regent's University London
  • 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
  • 2015-2019: Associate, London Counselling Psychologists
  • 2015-present: Registered Counselling Psychologist, private practice and consultancy
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer, DProf Counselling Psychology, London Metropolitan University
  • 2013-2014: Counselling Psychologist in training, Newham Psychotherapy Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2013-2014: Counselling Psychologist in training, Camden & Islington NHS IAPT service 
  • 2012-2013: Counselling Psychologist in training, Hampstead NHS Group Practice 
  • 2011-2012: Counselling Psychologist in training, Archway Children's Centre
  • 2010-2012: Counselling Psychologist in training, MIND, City and Hackney
  • 2008-2010: Volunteer, Parentline London
  • 1997-2003: Consultant and Business Development Manager, Metapraxis, Kingston-on-Thames


Journal articles

  • Henton, I., & Lodge, R. (2021, in preparation). Tales from a counselling psychology ethics panel. Paper in preparation for the Counselling Psychology Review.
  • Press, M., Vassiliou, A., & Henton, l. (2021, in preparation). The inaudible bereaved: A critical narrative analysis of the voice of the bereaved Syrian refugee in the UK. Paper in preparation for the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
  • Stechler, N. & Henton, I. (2021, under review). “If only he were blind”: The lived experiences of physically intimate relationships among women with body dysmorphia. Paper submitted to International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 
  • Tarabi, S. A., Loulopoulou, A. I., & Henton, I. (2020). “Guide or conversation?” The experience of Second-Generation Pakistani Muslim men receiving CBT in the UK. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 33(1), 46-65.
  • Henton, I. (2019). Guest editorial: Introduction to a special section on practice-based research and counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Quarterly (
  • 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.

Book chapters

  • Henton, I., & Kasket, E. (2017). Research in counselling psychology. In V. Galbraith, (Ed.), Applied psychologies: Counselling psychology. London, England: Taylor Francis.
  • 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.

Conferences and presentations

  • Mahmoud, R., Henton, I., Vassiliou, A. (2019). Exploring the role of women in honour-based violence. Poster presentation. (* Winner of Delegates’ Choice Prize and Judges’ First Prize). BPS Annual Division of Counselling Psychology conference. Cardiff, UK, 27th June 2019. 
  • Stechler, N., Henton, I., Vassiliou, A. (2019). What is it like to be in an intimate relationship when experiencing Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Poster presentation. BPS Annual Division of Counselling Psychology conference. Cardiff, UK, 27th June 2019.
  • Mahmoud, R., Henton, I., Vassiliou, A. (2018). Exploring women’s involvement in honour-based violence. Poster presentation. DPsych research poster conference. Regent’s, 4th December 2018.
  • Stechler, N., Henton, I., Vassiliou, A. (2018). What is it like to be in an intimate relationship when experiencing Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Poster presentation. DPsych research poster conference, Regent’s, 4th December 2018.
  • 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. (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. (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.

Other outputs

  • Henton, I. (2021, March). Endorsement, Book Cover. M. Milton (Ed.) (2021, in press). Balancing on quicksand: Reflections on power, politics and the relational. Palgrave. 
  • Henton, I. (May 2020). Some philosophical consolations. Regent's Review.
  • Henton, I. (2020, March). Endorsement, Book Cover. A. Gaitanidis, & P. Curk, (Eds.). (2020). (No) ordinary encounters: Psychoanalytic and aesthetic perspectives on the sublime in everyday life. Routledge.
  • Henton, I. (February, 2017). The challenges of training people to be both researchers and practitioners? Available from:
  • Henton, I. (September, 2016). Criticality is critical in your literature review. Available from:
  • Henton, I. (2015). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of counselling psychology trainees’ experiences of practice-based research training. Unpublished doctoral thesis. London Metropolitan University.

Research Supervision

Isabel has supervised part or all of around 30 doctoral research projects. She is currently Director of Studies or Supervisor for five doctoral research projects at Regent’s and has supervised nine 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 and for the Journal of Psychological Therapies. She recently guest-edited a special edition of the CPQ on practice-based research and counselling psychology.

Research Interests

Isabel’s research interests are in relationships between research practice and professional practice are negotiated. For instance, how tacit knowing, process and change in therapeutic work can be reflected in research; how practitioners experience involvement in research; evidence-based practice, scientist-practitioner and practice-based research discourses; master’s and doctoral markers and frameworks in the professional doctorate and the PhD; and research practices in professional training. Isabel’s knowledge of research methods includes IPA, grounded theory, discursive methods, case study methods, process research, effectiveness research and mixed methods.


  • 2019. Regent's Leadership Award (shortlisted)
  • 2012. British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Trainee Prize.

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's ethos and values; qualitative and quantitative research methods; master’s and doctoral level research skills; postmodernism and philosophy (ethics, ontology, epistemology, phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, pluralism); relational counselling psychology practice and contemporary psychoanalysis.

Isabel has led and taught the following Level 8 modules:

  • EPC725 Year 1 Counselling Psychology Research
  • EPC837 Psychodynamic Approaches in Counselling Psychology
  • EPC843 Doctoral Research Clinic
  • EPC854 Advanced Counselling Psychology Practice Research and Employability


Isabel is the Programme External Examiner for the UEL Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has been appointed as internal examiner (viva voce) for five doctoral degrees and as external examiner (viva voce) for the Doctorate in Public Works at the University of Middlesex, and Professional Doctorates in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University, Wolverhampton University and London Metropolitan University.