Centre for Relational Studies & Psychological Wellbeing

Below are the main areas of research, including recent examples of research projects.

  • The therapeutic relationship and process, competencies and treatments for therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Sexuality, sex, sexual attraction, gender and therapeutic management.
  • Sexual bullying and harassment in schools and universities and therapy interventions to work with bullied individuals.
  • Therapeutic approach and interventions with victims of stalking.
  • Integration in psychological approaches.

Research projects

Projects include:

The therapeutic relationship

  • Psychoanalytic and phenomenological psychotherapists’ perception, understanding and interpretation of what is therapeutic in the psychotherapeutic encounter
  • Psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural conceptualisations of medically unexplained symptoms
  • The integrative attitude; researching psychotherapy integration: a heuristic approach
  • How psychotherapists experience and manage work with different client groups

Sexuality, sex, sexual attraction

Our research investigates perceptions of sexuality, the impact of being rejected due to sexual orientation and how therapists work with sexual issues and therapy dynamics..

Projects include:

  • Migrant Brazilian homosexuals living in London, implications for sexual identity
  • Asexuality – the lived experience of self-identifying asexual people; sexual compulsivity
  • Contemporary perspectives on psychotherapy and homosexualities
    The experiences of trainee counselling psychologists on the area of sexuality as a taught aspect of training
  • How trainee therapists handle sexual attraction in therapy
    Supervisors’ handling of sexual attraction in the work of therapists they supervise.
  • The paraphilias.

Sexual bullying and harrassment

Some projects include:

  • Sexual bullying and harassment among university students
  • Bullying among university students

Other Centre activities

The Centre runs events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, and short courses and research training. A key event is the annual conference.

All members of staff are clinicians as well as scholars, and strong links are maintained with the local NHS and other clinical services, institutions and centres of excellence. 


Study support

The Centre offers a lively and friendly learning environment and the RSPP’s taught programmes consistently achieve excellent student ratings.

  • Research students are supported by established scholars in the area of their research
  • The wide variety of cultural, professional and educational backgrounds of our students enriches the learning environment
  • The Centre offers research students the opportunity to receive mentoring, supervision and coaching within existing Research Centre activities
  • The university library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to the Centre's work
  • The university’s Postgraduate Centre provides the space and technology for student research and work

The benefits of these type of research activities are evidenced in publications where various, often diverse, theoretical and philosophical perspectives are applied to the understanding of psychotherapy and counselling psychology practice. Such pluralism supports the School’s integrative ethos.

Upcoming Events   

Conference Saturday 6 June 2020

The 7th Annual One-Day Conference of the Regent’s Centre for Relational Studies and Psychological Wellbeing will take place on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Regent’s University London.  

Borderline personality disorder. How can psychological therapies help?