Dr Isabel Henton

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Isabel Henton

A (Hons), MA (Oxon), DProf, CPsychol, HCPC registered

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Isabel is an HCPC registered and BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist, who has been working as a Lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology since September 2014. Her work involves module leading, teaching and reflective practice group work at postgraduate and undergraduate level across a number of clinical and research modules (including PY7173, PY7174, PY7177, PC5001, PC6001, PY7164, and PY7PB4). Isabel also supervises M and D level research, and works alongside her colleagues participating in pastoral support, administration, marketing and recruitment activities within the department.

Isabel’s previous career background is in management consultancy and business development. She holds a BA and an MA in Classics from Oxford University, where she studied ancient Greek and Latin literature, and ancient and modern philosophy, including ethics and epistemology; her special subject was the ancient novel. Isabel completed her training in counselling psychology and psychology at London Metropolitan University between 2006 and 2014. In 2012, she won the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology trainee prize for a literature review about practice based research and counselling psychology. Isabel passed her counselling psychology doctoral research in May 2015.

Isabel’s clinical experience over four years has been in NHS primary and secondary care, education, and third sector settings, working primarily with individual adults. She has worked in largely cognitive-behavioural, third-wave CBT and solution-focused orientations, although her work is also strongly informed by phenomenological and relational ways of working within a client-centred ethic. She is building up her private practice in the City and central London.

Isabel is a passionate counselling psychologist, and is committed to the framework of dialectical pluralism and relational ethics within the profession. Isabel brings a strong interest in theory and research to her academic, supervisory, and clinical roles.

Subject Specialism:

Counselling psychology, relational psychotherapy, psychotherapy research, practice-based research

Research Interests:

Isabel’s research interests revolve around relationships between psychotherapy practice and psychotherapy research within the field of counselling psychology and beyond. She is interested in all forms of psychotherapy research, including theory-building, phenomenological, discursive, pluralist, quantitative and mixed methodologies in experimental and practice-based contexts.

Professional Activity:

Isabel presented her research at an international research conference in 2011, and has in recent years regularly attended BACP research conferences and BPS Division of Counselling Psychology conferences.
Henton, I. (in press). Engaging in research. In B. Douglas, R. Woolfe, S. Strawbridge, E. Kasket, & V. Galbraith (Eds.). Handbook of counselling psychology (4th ed.). London, England: Sage.
Henton, I. (2015). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of counselling psychology trainees’ experiences of practice-based research training. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.
Henton, I. (2012). Counselling Psychology and practice-based research: A critical review and proposal. Counselling Psychology Review, 27(3), 11-28.
Henton, I., & Midgley, N. (2012). “A path in the woods”: Child psychotherapists' participation in a large randomised controlled trial. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12(3), 204-213. doi: 10.1080/14733145.2012.678270
Henton, I., & Midgley, N. (2011). The marriage of practice and science. Therapy Today, 22(7), 26-27.
Henton, I. (July, 2011). “A path in the woods”: A story of psychotherapists’ involvement in outcome research. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research annual conference, Bern, Switzerland.