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Dr Alistair McBeath



Dr Alistair McBeath

BSc (Hons), MSc, MA, PhD, MBACP, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, CSci, UKCP

Academic Advisor and Module Leader

E-mail: Alistair.mcbeath@metanoia.ac.uk

Telephone: 0131 552 2895

Telephone: 0208 579 2505



Dr McBeath is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist. He works for a psychology and counselling consultancy in Edinburgh (www.craigiepartnership.co.uk) alongside his own private practice (www.edinburghtherapist.com). He has been an Academic Advisor at Metanoia Institute, for more than ten years. He is also a research supervisor with the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Dr McBeath was a founder member and assessor for the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He remains committed to an active research role and. currently, is part of a research team within the Metanoia Research Academy working on the relationship between therapy practice and research.

Dr McBeath undertook a four-year clinical attachment at Guy’s Hospital prior to setting up in practice; he trained at Regent’s College. He is always keen to celebrate the connections between psychology and psychotherapy and is a regular contributor to the BPS publication – Psychotherapy Review


Institute Roles (as applicable)

  • Academics Advisor - D. Psych Programme.
  • Joint Module Leader – Programme Planning – D. Psych Programme.


Recent Publications

  • McBeath, A.G. (2017). Reflections on Loneliness, Psychotherapy Review, 59, British Psychological Society. 26-32 McBeath, A.G. (2017) Panic in the Cockpit: A Case Study of Anxiety Treatment, Psychotherapy Review, 59, British Psychological Society. 16-20

  • McBeath, A.G. (2017) A Response to Meaninglessness (The Myth of Sysiphus), The Hermeneutic Circle. Society for Existential Analysis. 28-29.

  • McBeath, A. G. (2017) When a Therapist Falls ill. Counselling for Scotland, COSCA. 11-14.

  • McBeath, A.G. (2018) Sadness and Depression: Different Phenomena, Psychotherapy Review, 61, British Psychological Society.

  • 24-29. Bager-Charleson, S. du Plock, S and McBeath, A.G. (2018) Therapists Have a lot to Add to the Field of Research, but Many Don’t Make it There: A Narrative Thematic Inquiry into Counsellors’ and Psychotherapists’ Embodied Engagement with Research. Psychoanalysis and Language, 7 (1), 4-22.

  • McBeath A. G. (2019). The motivations of psychotherapists: An in-depth survey. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 19(4), 377–387.

  • Bager-Charleson S., McBeath A. G. & du Plock S. (2019) The relationship between psychotherapy practice and research: A mixed-methods exploration of practitioners’ views. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 19(3), 195–205.

  • Bager-Charleson, S. McBeath, A.G. & du Plock, S. (2019) Guest editors for two Special Issues of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, What core knowledge is needed to be a therapist ? 19 (3).

  • Jäderberg, L., McBeath, A. G. & Goss, S. (2019) Exploring the factors affecting child and adolescent psychotherapists’ and counsellors’ decision making in clinical work with parents. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

  • McBeath, A.G., Bager-Charleson, S. & Abarbanel. A. (2019) Therapists and Academic Writing: ‘Once upon a time psychotherapy practitioners and researchers were the same people’. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, 19, 103-116.

  • Bager-Charleson, S. & McBeath, A.G. (2020) (in press) Enjoying Research in the Field of Therapy. Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed methods Research. Palgrave: MacMillan