Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre (PCPR)

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections (PCPR) Research Centre initiates and supports high-quality research of national and international standing. We use contemporary methodologies to undertake research on new and emerging topics within psychotherapy and counselling psychology.


Upcoming Events 

4th Annual Conference on ‘Psychosomatic clinical presentations and implications for embodied, relational psychological therapy approaches’

Saturday 10 June 2017

09:30 to 16:30

Further details to follow


The PCPR Research Centre has an outstanding reputation for existential and phenomenological research in psychotherapy and counselling psychology supporting the Masters and Doctorate programmes offered by the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology (RSPP).


The PCPR Research Centre was founded in July 2010 with the aim of developing research in line with scholarly aspirations of staff, to attract funding and develop partnerships with external institutions.  Since its inception the Centre has established research streams with staff developing projects in the following areas: 

• The therapeutic relationship
• Sexuality, sexual attraction, gender issues
• Sexual bullying and harassment


The Research Centre promotes a non-doctrinaire, integrative attitude to psychotherapy and counselling psychology research using critical theory, philosophical reflection and reflexive clinical practice.

By bringing together a range of theoretical approaches, staff expose students to difference in conceptualisation, epistemological traditions, and philosophical principles, enabling the development of an open, reflexive attitude to research and practice.

This attitude allows competing and diverse models to be considered both conceptually and experientially so that their areas of interface and divergence can be exposed, considered and clarified. The aim is to highlight the value of holding the tension between contrasting and often contradictory ideas, of ‘playing with’ their experiential possibilities and of allowing a paradoxical security, which can ‘live with’ and at times even thrive in the absence of final and fixed truths. 

Last updated: 01 November 2016