Regent’s Centre for Relational Studies and Psychological Wellbeing (RCRSPW)

The RCRSPW initiates and supports high-quality research of national and international standing. We use contemporary methodologies to explore new and emerging topics within psychotherapy and psychology.

About the RCRSPW Research Centre

The Centre has an outstanding reputation for existential and phenomenological research in psychotherapy and psychology, supporting the masters' and doctorate programmes offered by Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology (RSPP).

Upcoming Events:

The Regent’s Centre for Relational Studies and Psychological Wellbeing Conference will take place on Saturday 8 June 2019 at Regent's University London.

This year's conference will explore the theme of 'Therapeutic perspectives and effective therapeutic practices with alcohol and love addictions'.
Keynote speakers:

  • Brian Earp, Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford
  • Dr Ryan Kemp, Director of Therapies, Central & North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Stanton Peele, psychologist, attorney, psychotherapist and the author of books on the subject of alcoholism, addiction and addiction treatment including the classic work, Love and Addiction
  • Dr Lymarie Rodriguez-Morales, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Wales Trinity St David


  • Professor Desa Markovic, Head of Programmes for Psychotherapy & Counselling and Professor in Systemic Psychotherapy, Regent’s University London
  • Joanna Holroyd, Psychotherapist, and Dr Maria Luca, Senior Research Fellow, Regent’s University London

Early bird booking rates close on 19 May 2019.

Book now for Therapeutic perspectives and effective therapeutic practices with alcohol and love addictions.


The Centre’s fundamental mission is on relational processes and interventions that support psychological wellbeing and enhance psychological/therapeutic knowledge and practice.

The Centre aims to be an internationally recognised hub for research activity into therapeutic and psychological relational processes.


The Centre promotes a non-doctrinaire, integrative attitude to psychotherapy and counselling psychology research using critical theory, philosophical reflection and reflexive clinical practice.

By bringing together a range of theoretical approaches, staff expose students to difference in conceptualisation, epistemological traditions and philosophical principles, enabling the development of an open, reflexive attitude to research and practice.

This attitude allows competing and diverse models to be considered both conceptually and experientially so that their areas of interface and divergence can be exposed, considered and clarified.

The aim is to highlight the value of holding the tension between contrasting and often contradictory ideas, of ‘playing with’ their experiential possibilities and of allowing a paradoxical security, which can ‘live with’ and at times even thrive in the absence of final and fixed truths.