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Dr Christine Stevens



Dr Christine Stevens

BA (Hons), BA (Hons), MSc, MA, CQSW, Dip. Supervision, PhD

Academic Advisor and Lecturer

Faculty of Post-Qualification and Professional Doctorates

E-mail: Christine.stevens@metanoia.ac.uk

Tel: 0208 579 2505



Christine Stevens joined the Doctorate in Psychotherapy Programmes in 2005 as an Academic Advisor and co-teaches the Research Challenges Module. She is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, an accredited member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute and of the European Association of Gestalt Therapy, a member of the EAGT Scientific Board, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

She lectures in the UK and internationally on aspects of Gestalt therapy and regularly contributes to training programmes in Slovenia, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic. Since 2007 she has been Editor of The British Gestalt Journal, the primary academic journal in English for Gestalt practitioners. She also maintains a practice in contemporary art and is a member of Primary Studios, Nottingham.

As Academic Advisor and co-tutor for the Research Challenges Module, she is motivated to support candidates to develop their potential for rigorous research and to devise and complete projects which make an impact on both the theory and practice of therapy. She has a particular interest in supporting candidates working with arts-based research methodologies and in facilitating cross-disciplinary dialogue and practice. 


Institute Roles

  • Academic Advisor
  • Co-leader of Research Challenges Module
  • Faculty member, Post Qualification and Professional Doctorates


Selected Recent Publications

  •  Stevens, C. et al (2016)   The UK Gestalt Psychotherapy CORE Research Project: The Findings.

                     In Towards a Research Tradition in Gestalt Therapy. Jan Roubal (Ed)

                                            Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


  • Stevens, C. & Goss, S. P. (eds) (2015)

                                           Making Research Matter. Researching for change in the theory and

                                           practice of counselling and psychotherapy. London: Routledge.


 Selected Recent Conference Presentations

  •  2017 (May 26- 28), Workshop Presenter and invited panel member, 1st joint EAGT & AAGT Research Conference, Paris: “Making Research Matter: Relational reflexivity in Gestalt psychotherapy research”
  • 2017 (March 26-27), Invited Presenter 5th Czech Gestalt Psychotherapy Conference, Jezerka Developmental Somatic Approach to working with children and families” Followed by day presentation, “Creative Approaches to Relational Work With Children and Families”
  • 2017 (February 7-11), Invited Keynote Speaker, 2nd Gestalt Therapy Congress in the Philippines De La Salle University, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. Also invited Presentation: “From Practice to Research, a Writeshop on Qualitative Methods of Research”.
  • 2016 (Sep 22-25), Peer-reviewed workshop AAGT/EAGT conference Aesthetic of Otherness: Meeting at the Boundary in a Desensitised World, Taormina, Sicily, with Tomaž Flajs (Slovenia):“In Search of a Good Metaphor: Helping our clients to discover meaning and be open to new possibilities for living” also invited member of panel presentations: “The Meeting of Gestalt TherapyPractice and Research” and “Suffering at the contact boundary: a developmental perspective”.
  • 2016 (February 2-6), Invited Keynote speaker, 1st Gestalt Therapy Congress in the Philippines. Invited presentations, Psychology Faculty, University of Cebu, Normal College, "Research informed Counselling and Psychotherapy" and "Creative Methods in Gestalt Therapy".
  • 2014 (May 2-4), Invited speaker, EAGT Research Conference, Rome: “Using CORE for Routine Outcome Measurement in Gestalt Therapy: the UK Experience.”
  • 2014 (Sep 3-7), Peer reviewed presentation, AAGT Conference, Asilomar, California: "Playfulness: Combining Visual Arts Practice with Gestalt Therapy”.
  • 2014 (June 28-29), Invited presentation, GPTI National Conference, Barony Castle, Edinburgh: "Playfulness: haptic awareness in Creative Gestalt Therapy”