Dr Miltos Hadjiosif

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  • Qualifications:MA Hons (Edin); MSc (Edin); PsychD; CPsychol; HCPC Reg; FHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 87009
  • Email:Miltos.Hadjiosif@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I studied for an MA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, where the seeds for my interdisciplinary approach to psychotherapy were planted.  I taught statistics to undergraduates at the University of Edinburgh and worked in the music industry for several years, before undertaking a Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey, on a full scholarship from the A.S. Onassis Foundation. 

I am a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and have held clinical and academic positions post-qualification. I am trained in humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), dialectical-behavioural (DBT), narrative, and multi-systemic (MST) models of therapy. I am currently training in EMDR. As a reflective scientist-practitioner, I work and think integratively.

I have been involved with the organisation of the Community Psychology Festival since its inception, and was delighted to be the Festival Organiser for the 3rd Festival in Bristol (September 2017). Most of my scholarly work has a community and relational focus as I would like to see 'psychological thinking' impact society and vice versa in more nuanced ways than at present. Public engagement is one way in which this can be achieved and I am involved in various activities that aim to 'give psychology away'.

At UWE I supervise research and teach on our highly regarded Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and I Module Lead the final year undergraduate elective 'Principles of Counselling & Psychotherapy'.  As the quasi official Social Secretary of the Psychology department, I'm always looking for ideas to enhance staff cohesion and involve our students in shared events. 

Area of expertise

I am interested in the intersection of psychotherapeutic knowledge and discourse/narrative. Within this remit, I have examined the discursive accomplishment of psychotherapy as expert knowledge in popular music, and looked at the narrative construction of the 'wounded healer' archetype. Other research interests include psychotherapy integration, personal development narratives, critical pedagogy in the counselling and psychotherapeutic fields, and cross-cultural manifestations of healing practices (for example shamanism).

I am keen to develop research collaborations relevant to community psychology using a variety of methods of inquiry (i.e. quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic). I am an active member of UWE's Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG) and have presented my work at international conferences.

My clinical work has involved providing therapy to individuals, groups and families. I have worked with clients presenting with a wide range of mental health issues, across the full spectrum of severity. I use diagnostic labels cautiously as I am reticent to endorse medicalised notions of human distress and suffering. As a result I bring scientific as well as critical and intersubjective modes of understanding in my therapeutic work.

I supervise research falling under any of the above areas and am open to PhD supervision enquiries. Some of the doctorate projects I have supervised to completion include:

Negotiating an alcoholic identity within the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step recovery model: A Narrative Inquiry

'Just trying to live my life as a normal bloke': A qualitative exploration of straight men's experiences of being childfree.  

The purpose and pitfalls of 'Case Management Supervision' provided for PWPs working within IAPT Services: A Thematic Analysis.

The experience of Wiccan counsellors: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.


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