Dr Miltos Hadjiosif

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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 reading for 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 and an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and have held clinical and academic positions post-qualification. As a scientist-practitioner, I work and think integratively and relationally. I am trained in humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), dialectical-behavioural (DBT), and multi-systemic (MST) models of therapy. Currently, I am training in Narrative Therapy.

I sit on the Committee of the BPS Community Psychology Section and I am involved in the team that organises the Community Psychology Festival. I would like to see 'psychological thinking' impact society and vice versa in more nuanced ways than at present, while am passionate to 'give psychology away' through public engagement.

At UWE, I supervise research and teach on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and am the Module Leader for the final year undergraduate course 'Principles of Counselling & Psychotherapy'.  I am also the semi-official Social Secretary of the Psychology department, so I'm always looking for ideas to enhance staff cohesion and involve our students in shared community events. 

Area of expertise

My primary research focus has been the social construction of psychotherapeutic knowledge, and how this knowledge reciprocally determines clinical practice. Within this remit, I have examined the discursive accomplishment of psychotherapy as expert knowledge/practice in pop music, and looked at the narrative construction of the 'wounded healer' archetype. Other research interests include psychotherapy integration, 'borderline personality disorder', ToM development and cross-cultural manifestations of healing practices (i.e. shamanism).

I have a growing interest in narrative analysis as a methodology that combines discursive, social constructionist, phenomenological as well as critical realist commitments. I am involved in a European consortium with colleagues from the Aristotle University, University of Twente, and the University of Crete who share an interest in critical psychology, reflective practice, and narrative inquiry.

In addition, I am keen to develop research relevant to community psychology using a variety of methods of inquiry (i.e. quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic). I am an active member of the Psycho-social strand of the Social Science Research Group, which provides a fruitful space to link the study of individuals, groups, and society at large. I supervise research falling under any of the above areas and am open to PhD supervision enquiries.

My clinical work has involved providing therapy to individuals, groups and families. I have worked with clients presenting with a very wide range of mental health issues. I use diagnostic labels cautiously as I am reticent to endorse medicalised notions of human distress and suffering. As a result I bring scientific, evidence-based as well as social constructionist and intersubjective modes of understanding in my therapeutic work. ‚Äč

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