Research Faculty

Why is psychotherapy research relevant?

In the NHS, but also in private practice, there is a growing demand for evidence based practice. This means that therapists take research results into consideration when they make decisions in their therapeutic work. Practice-oriented research can help to produce the best possible outcomes for the client in psychotherapy.

What we do

The wider Research Faculty and the Research Faculty Committee foster and promote research Within UKCP. This is consistent with the objects of the charity and the overall strategy of UKCP as determined by the Board of Trustees. The aim is accomplished through four strategies:

  1. Support and collaborate with Colleges, OMs and Faculties in providing training in research methods
  2. Disseminate research information that enhances practice to UKCP members.
  3. Provide research background and input into UKCP policy initiatives
  4. Facilitate the production of creative and innovative research in psychotherapy.

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network (PRN)

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network currently hosts one research project that investigates the impact of ‘intersubjective moments’ in therapy processes. We are also establishing a second project which will look at ‘therapy outcomes’.

PRN provide a space for both therapists and researchers. Taking part in a PRN project allows practitioners to understand how research is done and what it can contribute to their psychotherapy practice. They also produce practice-based evidence about how therapy works ‘on the ground’. 

If you have further question or want to sign up to the group’s mailing list, please email You can also join the PRN - download the form for more information.

Find out more about the PRN

Fourth annual research conference 2015.

Click here to view the programme from the event and to access the presentations from the day.

Further Help and Support

If you have a research related query, you can get in touch by emailing

Research Faculty Committee members

 Carol Martin 
is Chair of the RF Committee. She is a senior lecturer and academic  director of the doctoral programme in clinical psychology at the University of Leeds.  Previously she worked in the NHS. Her specific research interests are qualitative  methods; therapist, staff and client experiences of services and of therapy; and older  people.

Sheila Butler works as psychotherapist in private practice, as researcher and co-ordinator in the NHS and lectures at the Open University. She co-ordinates UKCP’s PRN. Her interests include: interdisciplinary research; mixed methods; outcomes; child development; interpersonal relationships and emotions.

Angela Cotter is a psychotherapist in private practice and a lecturer at Regent’s University. She is co-vice chair of the RFC. Angela’s specific research interests are: action research; intersubjectivity of therapeutic relationships; the ‘wounded healer’.


Tirril Harris is a psychotherapist in private practice. She also conducts research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. Her specific research interests include: aetiology of depression and anxiety; stressful experiences; gender; mixed methods; RCTs, PRN.


 Terence Nice is a lecturer at the University of Kent and a psychoanalytic  psychotherapist in the NHS (CAMHS). His specific research interests are: qualitative  methods; child, adolescent and adult mental health, self-harm, PRN.

Peter Stratton is Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy. His specific research interests are: outcome research in family therapy; psychotherapy provision policy; family causal beliefs and blaming; attitudes to terrorism; PRN.


Gisela Unsworth is a psychotherapist in the NHS where she offers in psychological support for staff. Her specific research interests are: outcome research; routine outcome measurement in the NHS; Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT), PRN.



 Georgia Lepper is a clinician/researcher and a specialist in Conversation Analysis,  the study of turn-by-turn interaction, which she uses to investigate clinical interaction.  She is a supervisory consultant to doctoral students at the University of Exeter.