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Research Groups & Events

Research groups

Transactional Analysis Research Group

TA is a theory and practice developed by Eric Berne in the 1950s, employed in psychotherapy and counselling, as well as organisational and educational contexts. Over the years, Transactional Analysis has evolved into different approaches to practice (also known as ‘schools’). At Metanoia Institute we practice a Relational approach to Transactional Analysis developed by Hargaden and Sills (2002) which focuses on both conscious and unconscious relational dynamics within the therapeutic process, whilst appreciating and teaching the whole range of TA approaches to practice. The aim of our research group is to develop research into Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, examining theory, practice and clinical outcomes

#TransactionalAnalysis #Psychotherapy, #RCT, #TASupervision

Research Clinic Group 

Research Clinic group (RCG) focuses on developing evidence of effectiveness for Humanistic and Integrative approaches to psychotherapy taught and practiced at Metanoia Institute: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Person-Centred and Integrative. The majority of the evaluation is based within the outpatient research clinic, Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (MCPS).

#RoutineOutcomesEvaluation, #NaturalisticStudy, #evaluation, #CommunityClinics

Counselling, Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Effectiveness Research Group (CCPERG)

The overall aim of the Counselling, Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Effectiveness Research Group is to support knowledge and engagement with research to evaluate and evidence the benefits of therapy, as well as to engage critically with the current methodologies used in effectiveness trials and clinical guideline development. To this end the group will provide an umbrella structure to link, coordinate and facilitate effectiveness research activities across Metanoia and with other researchers and Institutions.

#RCT #efficacy #effectiveness #empiricallySupportedTreatments #RandomisedControlled

Therapists as Research Practitioners

Mental health research has “lagged behind many other areas in terms of priority, funding, and therefore discoveries” (Department of Health 2017, p.2). The TRP group focuses on how psychotherapists and counselling psychologists can progress as confident research practitioners. What are the opportunities and obstacles, personally, professionally, and academically for therapists in their transition into research? How can clinical practice and research be linked, and what support may be required for that to happen? Research supervision and teaching, academic writing and support at work have been some of our research themes so far.

Technology in Therapy

The Technology in Therapy Research Group seeks to foster research into, and the development of, technologies of all kinds in facilitating therapeutic provision and/or mental health care.

#TechnologyinTherapy #MentalHealthTech #Cybertherapy #Cyberpsychology #Etherapy #InternetTherapy

Case Study Research Group

The aim of this group is to use the methodology of theory buidling case studies (Stiles, 2007) to research humanistic and integrative psychotherapeutic approaches, theories and practice. We use assimilation theory (Honos-Webb & Stiles, 1998; Stiles, 2001; Stiles et al., 1990) as a generic explanation theory of the process of change in psychotherapy, and are interested in investigating different therapeutic theories, and their applications in clinical practice and supervision.

case study research, theory-building case studies, assimilation

Community Engagement for Mental Health Research Group (CE4ME)

Psychotherapists and counsellors have traditionally focused on helping individuals with their mental health concerns within the settings of mental health services, such as community clinics, psychiatric wards and hospitals. However, in the last decades, and against the backdrop of humanitarian crisis, virus pandemic, and large treatment gap for psychological distress and mental disorders, professionals and volunteers, such as teachers, community support staff, and youth workers are increasingly expected to work with young people and adults whose mental health is affected by social exclusion or humanitarian crisis.

Multilingual Awareness in Psychotherapy (MAP)

Multilingual awareness in therapy is a relatively new field of inquiry. The research group MAP approaches multilingual awareness as an undervalued therapeutic intervention with opportunities for self-discovery on a personal, relational as well as socio-cultural level. MAP is an offspring to the Therapists and Research Practitioner (TRP) group research group aimed to progress knowledge and enhance research supported practice for counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists. MAP supports effective and sustainable training for multilingual therapeutic practice. It explores four main aspects of multilingual awareness.




Research Events:


Past Events: 

Research Academy 2020

Research Seminars

Research Academy 2019 

Research Academy 2018