Dr Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley

Position: Senior Lecturer
Email: mcginlep@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Programme/s: MA Psychotherapy & Counselling

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 'PPD' facilitator at SPCP 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

Relevant Past Employment

  • Self-employed

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.

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 ADEP 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

Research Supervision

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


  • Examines internal dissertations at SPP to MA level.

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.


  • 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

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)

Last updated: 19 September 2018