As I come to the end of my first year of training to be a psychotherapist, here are some of my thoughts on two of the central philosophical tenets of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy (PCEP).

The philosophy one holds is a theory or even a set of values that acts as a guiding principle for one’s actions. Notably, Carl Rogers (the founding father of the person-centred modality) was a proponent of holding philosophy and values at the core of theory formulation (Rogers, 1961). Tudor and Worrall (2006) define philosophy as ‘the underlying principles on which or out of which a…


I have considered myself a qualitative researcher since I used my undergraduate BSc Psychology dissertation to explore students’ perceptions of suicide. At the time, I was working as a befriender at Maytree Respite Centre for the Suicidal. The rich and often harrowing stories shared within the nurturing walls of the Maytree house could never be truly quantified and to do so would have removed the humanity and pain interwoven through the narratives of Maytree’s guests.

My dissertation sought to capture students’ thoughts and beliefs about suicide and thematically analysed interviews were the approach I chose. This soon became a project…


As we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, many of us are prompted to reflect on our own mortality. Such existential contemplation may lead us to consider what constitutes meaning in our lives. Human search for meaning is of course not new, perhaps it is the very thing which distinguishes us from other sentient beings. Finding meaning, filling our lives with it, is not always straightforward. We may feel a disconnect between our day to day activity and how we would imagine our ‘ideal’ selves. …


I write this having recently received the wonderful news of being accepted for training as a Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapist. I plan to continue blogging as I embark on this new exciting professional and personal journey.

Having undertaken personal therapy in the past, I associate the profession with sage wisdom, books aplenty and beautiful North London period homes. Psychotherapy conjures up Yalom’s compassion, generational stories intertwined and a life well-lived. I also know the emotional growth my own psychotherapist mother experienced when undertaking psychodynamic and then Gestalt training. The draw has always been there for me.

That’s the romanticism.

My…


There is an assumption that retention in higher education is always one of the goals of teaching activities. The predominantly economically-driven push for retention (e.g. Simpson, 2005) may mean that students are audited and monitored in a fashion which removes their autonomy and freedom of choice. An example may be the relentless monitoring of attendance through digital surveillance by some institutions. Further, retention needs to achieve benefits for the students, rather than for institutional metrics. Some students may not be best-served by continuing their current studies. …


My teaching in the field of business psychology acts as the focus of this article. Business psychology as a discipline uniquely combines evidence-based business and psychological knowledge in order to nurture ethical future psychologists and business practitioners. In this vein, I explore the techniques of research-based teaching and applied learning as some strategies for teaching.

Research-based teaching pertains to grounding the course content in research (usually aligned to the research specialism of the course tutor), as well as rooting its modes of delivery in best available evidence. Further, students are required to develop their own research as part of their…

Dr Maria Kordowicz

Qualitative health research & evaluation practitioner. Psychologist & Coach. Trainee Psychotherapist. Director www.respeo.com.

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