Module Details

This module is aimed at developing and refining students’knowledge and understanding of key theoretical approaches in psychotherapy (focusing on humanistic/existential, cognitive, behavioural and metacognitive approaches). This module is designed primarily for students who wish to go on to work in psychotherapeutic setting and/or purse further training in the area. As such, each week we will include both a theoretical and practical components where students will be able to familiarise themselveswith the various approaches in role-plays and mini group work.


Assessment of the Module

A 3,000 word essay; Submission date: 06/07/2018 by 17:00.
Title: Compare and contrast key theoretical assumptions and approaches to treatment of two psychotherapeutic modalities.


Introduction to Studying the Module

Importance of Student Self-Managed Learning Time
In addition to the face to face teaching time, students will be required to undertake self-managed learning time. Some of this time will be used to undertake preparatory reading for the forthcoming workshops. Students will also be expected to read around the subject in order to develop more in-depth knowledge that goes beyond that provided in class.


The Programme of Teaching and Learning

  1. Introduction
  2. Psychodynamic Therapies
  3. Person-Centred Psychotherapy
  4. Behaviour Therapy
  5. Cognitive Therapy
  6. Third Wave Therapies
  7. Metacognitive Therapy 1
  8. Metacognitive Therapy 2


Key reading

Key reading for each lecture will be provided by the lecturers. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one key reading for each lecture.

The following are core texts which provide an introduction to the psychotherapy theories presented:

  • Beck, J. (1995). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. New York, USA: The Guilford Press.
  • Crane, R. (2008). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Feltham, C. & Horton, I. (2006). Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. London, UK: Sage.
  • Fisher, P. & Wells, A. (2009). Metacognitive Therapy. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Hawton, K., Salkovskis, P., Kirk, J. & Clark, M. (1989). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide. Oxford, UK: University Press.
  • Higdon, J. (2011). Psychodynamic Theory for Therapeutic Practice. London, UK: Palgrave McMillan.
  • Flaxman, P. E., Blackledge, J. T. & Bond, F. (2011). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Mearns, D. & Thorne, B. (1996). Person-Centred Counselling in Action. London, UK: Sage.
  • Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. & Teasdale, J. D. (2002). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Prevent Relapse. New York, USA: Guildford Press.


Last update:
February 2018


Nikcevic Ana V.

Professore associato di Psicologia, Kingston University, Londra