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The Research Faculty fosters and promotes research within UKCP in line with our charitable objectives and overall strategy.

We do this through:

  • providing training in research methods to support all parts of UKCP
  • sharing research information that enhances practice to UKCP members
  • providing research information for UKCP policy initiatives
  • facilitating creative and innovative research in psychotherapy.

Why is psychotherapy research relevant?

In the NHS and in private practice, there is a growing demand for evidence-based practice. Practice-oriented research can help to produce the best possible outcomes for our clients.

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network (PRN)

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network is a network of therapists and researchers to:

  • enable members to find out more about how research is done and what it can contribute to their therapy practice
  • develop partnership and collaboration opportunities between practitioners and researchers
  • produce practice-based evidence about how therapy works.

Our PRN currently hosts one research project investigating the impact of ‘intersubjective moments’ in therapy processes.

We are also establishing a second project to look at therapy outcomes.

If you have further questions or want to sign up to the group’s mailing list, please email To join the PRN, please download and complete our information form.


View the program for the fourth annual research conference 2015.

Presentations from the day

Get involved

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

Research Faculty Committee members

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PRN Coordinator: Sheila Butler

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

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Research Faculty Committee Co-vice chair: Angela Cotter

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

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Laine Jäderberg

Laine is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and clinical lead at the Parent Child Clinic, which she founded. She is a clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer at Newman University, Birmingham. Her current research interests are: parent-child psychotherapy; abuse and neglect in financially privileged families; psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy; parental alienation; intergenerational trauma in children and young adults; creative arts psychotherapy and research methods; and twins.

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Professor Sarah Niblock

Sarah is an academic and a journalist who is the author of several books, chapters and peer reviewed journal articles centering on the connections between psychoanalytical theory and popular culture. Her most recent outputs have explored journalism reporting of traumatic events ranging from organised child sex abuse to gender differences in the media’s approach to parents who kill their children. Sarah is the author (with Stan Hawkins) of “Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon” (Ashgate) which develops her PhD thesis on female identifications.  She has also published widely on practice-based methodologies and reflexivity in research.

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Terence Nice

Terence 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; and the PRN.

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Julie Scully

Julie is a psychotherapist, supervisor and training supervisor in private practice. Her primary research activity is the dynamics of CSA and CSE. The home of her research is the Centre for Gender Violence within the school of Social Policy at the University of Bristol. Julie’s other research interests include teaching and supervising research projects, research ethics, and methodology for sensitive and complex studies.

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Dr Reenee Singh

Reenee is Chief Executive of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Founding Director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre and co-director of the Tavistock Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre. Her research interests are in qualitative research, and issues of ‘race’, culture and diversity.

Megan Stafford

Megan is a researcher, psychotherapist and trainer at the University of Roehampton and the Metanoia Institute. Her current research project is an ETHOS Study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Mark Widdowson

Mark is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. He is also associate director at The Berne Institute and a visiting trainer a number of training institutes across Europe. He is a teaching and supervising transactional analyst. Mark is the author of Transactional Analysis for Depression: Step-By-Step Treatment Manual, which was developed from his doctoral research. He specialises in case study research and is an active psychotherapy researcher. He also has a small private practice working with individuals and couples in central Manchester.

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Dr Karen Cunningham 

Karen received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry & Physiology and her Ph.D. researching the impact of physiology on behaviour, from the Department of Medicine, (University of Sheffield).  Karen has over 25 years of experience in Research and Development within the food and drink industry.