Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections (PCPR) Research Centre initiates and supports high-quality research of national and international standing. We use contemporary methodologies to explore new and emerging topics within psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

Upcoming Events   

Our 5th Annual One-Day Conference will take place on Saturday 9 June 2018 at Regent’s University London

Perspectives on suicidal ideation and self-harm: impact on therapists and psychotherapeutic approaches to helping people at risk.

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About the PCPR Research Centre

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


The PCPR Research Centre was founded in July 2010 to develop research in line with scholarly aspirations of staff, attract funding and develop partnerships with external institutions. Since its inception the Centre has established research streams and projects in the following areas: 

  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Sexuality, sexual attraction and gender issues
  • Sexual bullying and harassment


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. 

More about the PCPR

Centre background
Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections (JPCPR)

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