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Research Clinic Group (RCG)

Research Clinic Group (RCG).  

Developing evidence of Effectiveness for Humanistic and Integrative approaches to counselling and psychotherapy

Chair: Dr Biljana van Rijn

            Dr Joel Vos

Dr Evi Chryssafidou



Research Clinic group (RCG) focuses on developing evidence of effectiveness for Humanistic and Integrative apprroaches 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).

MCPS is a low cost community clinic providing up to a year of counselling and psychotherapy to the local population. The therapists are MI students undertaking practice placements during their study. The clinic offers placements to over 100 students per year and therapy to approximately 500 clients per year. MCPS is financially supported by Metanoia Institute, Ealing Borough Council (as part of the Talking Therapies Consortium), and client fees.

Routine Outcomes Evaluation  (ROE) is used a methodology appropriate to a naturalistic practice setting which actively involves psychotherapists and their clients, giving an opportunity for structured feedback (M.J. Lambert & Shimokawa, 2011; M. J. Lambert, Whipple, Smart, Vermeersch, & Nielsen, 2001).

The Research Clinic Group invites internal and external researchers to take part in joint projects and use the clinic data set to develop new research.


Current projects:

  •       Ongoing evaluation of Humanistic and Integrative approaches to counselling and psychotherapy (Transactional Analysis; Gestalt psychotherapy, Integrative Psychotherapy, Counselling psychology, Humanistic Counselling; Person Centred counselling.
  •       Impact of Client Preferences on Outcomes. The project investigates links between client preferences, as expressed on the Cooper-Norcross Scale and therapeutic outcomes. Joint project with Prof. Cooper at Roehampton University

Recent research output:


Van Rijn, B. (2016). The role of routine outcomes evaluation in developing reflexivity in clinical practice. The Psychotherapist, Spring 2016(62), 34-36.

Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2016). Development and evaluation of adherence questionnaires for gestalt psychotherapy, relational transactional analysis, and integrative psychotherapy: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 20(1), 7-18.

Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2016). Comparison of transactional analysis group and individual psychotherapy in the treatment of depression and anxiety: routine outcomes evaluation in community clinics. Transactional Analysis Journal, 46(1), 63-74. doi: 10.1177/0362153715615115

Cooper, M., Wild, C., Van Rijn, B., Ward, T., McLeod, J., Cassar, S., . . . Sreenath, S. (2015). Pluralistic therapy for depression: Acceptability, outcomes and helpful aspects in a multisite study. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(1), 6-20.van Rijn, B., Wild, C., & Dumitru, A. (2014). Challenges to developing routine outcomes evaluation in different practice settings and cultures: A naturalistic enquiry in spain and the UK. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 5(2), 28-34. Retrieved from http://www.ijtar.org/article/view/13800/9077Van Rijn, B., & Wild, C. (2013,Autumn). Evaluation of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy groups in primary care within an IAPT site Transactional Analyst, 3(4).

Van Rijn, B. ,& Wild,C. (2013). Humanistic and integrative therapies for anxiety and depression. Practice based evaluation of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Integrative psychotherapies and Person Centred counselling. Transactional Analysis Journal, 1543(2),150-163.

Van Rijn, B. (2012). Evaluation in psychotherapy: An Opportunity and a Challenge.    The Script, 42(4), 1-3,www.itaaworld.org

Van Rijn, B., Wild, C., Moran, P. (2011) Evaluating the outcomes of Transactional Analysis and integrative counselling psychology within UK primary care settings, International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research,2/2, 34-44

Van Rijn, B., Wild, C.,Fowlie,H., Sills,C. van Beekum,S. (2011), Impact of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy training on self awareness and ability for contact, International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research,2/1,16-24

Van Rijn, B.,Wild,C. (2010) Research clinic approach to the evaluation of integrative and humanistic psychotherapies, The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration,7/2,49-56

Van Rijn, B (2010) Research clinic at Metanoia Instituite,Therapy Today,July 2010 21/6,50

Recent Conference papers:

2018               European Transactional Analysis Research and Development Conference, July 2018 London

Chryssafidou, E., Van Rijn, B., Routine Outcomes Evaluation at Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy service (MCPS)

2016               SPR 47th Annual International meeting, Jerusalem, Israel

van Rijn, B., Wild, C. Evaluation of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety and clinical levels of general distress. Routine Outcomes Evaluation within a community clinic

Panel: The Effectiveness of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy for Depression and Anxiety: Findings from Practice-Based Research

2015               European Transactional Analysis Research and Development Conference

Van Rijn, B. (2015). How do we demonstrate the effectiveness of TA psychotherapy practice in research. Exploration of an adherence questionnaire in Relational Transactional Analysis. Paper presented at the EATA Conference 2015.1st EATA Development and Research Conference, Rome,Italy. www.cleup.it

2015               UKCP Research Conference,London

Comparison of Transactional Analysis Group and Individual Psychotherapies in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety. Outcomes in community clinics

2014               ProReal Ltd. Conference ‘Avatars in Mental Health’

Van Rijn,B. paper ‘Evaluation of Pro- Real based therapy within a prison setting’

2014               Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference.                                                        The outcomes of pluralistic therapy for depression

Biljana van Rijn, Mick Cooper, John McLeod, Tony Ward, Simon Cassar

                        Client-identified helpful factors in pluralistic therapy for depression

                        Pavlina Antoniou, Mick Cooper, John McLeod, Biljana van Rijn, Tony                      Ward, Simon Cassar

The development of an auditing tool for assessing adherence to pluralistic practice

John McLeod, Biljana van Rijn, Tony Ward, Mick Cooper, Simon Cassar


Prof. Mick Cooper University of Roehampton, https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/mick-cooper(b398ce3d-b869-48ae-93aa-d7999fb02707).html/

Prof. William,B.Stiles, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/William_Stiles



Lambert, M. J., & Shimokawa, K. (2011). Collecting Client Feedback. In J. Norcross & M. J. Lambert (Eds.), Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, 2nd Edition (2nd ed., pp. 203-223): Oxford University Press.

Lambert, M. J., Whipple, J. L., Smart, D. W., Vermeersch, D. A., & Nielsen, S. L. (2001). The Effects of Providing Therapists With Feedback on Patient Progress During Psychotherapy: Are Outcomes Enhanced. Psychotherapy Research, Volume 11(Number 1, 1 March 2001), 49-68.