Therapeutic Studies

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Goldsmiths Therapeutic Studies provides a challenging and stimulating interdisciplinary environment.

Therapeutic Studies offers introductory courses, professional trainings and advanced study in arts therapies, counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalytic studies and psychosocial studies.

In our professional trainings we foster the development of skilled and reflective practitioners who are critically engaged with evidence based and research practices. With teaching staff who are experienced practitioners in the field and with strong links to employers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, we provide the learning and skills necessary for the modern workplace. 

Our academic and research activities encourage an interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach, contributing to the development of theory and practice in a broad range of therapeutic approaches and study. We explore the development of contemporary therapeutic disciplines and practices in their cultural, historical and social contexts and are committed to working with questions of identity and difference, equality and diversity. 


BA in Psychosocial Studies
Dr Keren Cohen

MA in Art Psychotherapy
Dr Jill Westwood

MA in Counselling
Brown, Lynne

MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Frizell, Caroline

MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
Martin, Suzanne

Continuing Professional Development (UDVSA)

MPhil/PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chris Hauke

Our Short Courses

You may be interested in the following short courses we have to offer:

Adolescents as Victims and Perpetrators

An Introduction to Authentic Movement - Developing your inner witness

An Introduction to Ecopsychology: A Body-Based Approach

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation

Non-Verbal Communication: The Art of Conversation Through Body Language

Self Care for Practitioners Working in the Caring Professions

Working with Adults in the Context of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Working with Children in the Context of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Facing Chanllenges Through Music

Religious Literacy for Public Professionals


Ema Nik Thomas

Year 2 Part-Time, MA in Dance Movment Psychotherapy

About your experience on the programme

For me personally, committing to the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a process of exploring relationships. The experiential nature of the course, set within a psychodynamic framework, has challenged me to reflect upon the relationships I maintain as a trainee therapist. In becoming a therapist I gain insight into others and myself. Listening. Witnessing. In this I am motivated by an inherent curiosity: What moves us and moves between us? I imagine the psyche as being like the weather, in dynamic flux with our bodies the landscapes. Following this line of imagery, the therapeutic relationship can serve as an environment within which the dynamics of the psyche and their affects can be explored. The MA course provides different contexts within which I maintain and reflect upon the therapeutic relationship within a community.

Ema Nik Thomas MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy Year 2 Part-Time

Ema Nik Thomas

How your current placement is going

I am holding weekly Dance Movement Psychotherapy group sessions in a Day Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

I am currently half way through the duration of the placement. The main themes that have emerged during the sessions are independence and nurture. Nurturing the adult aspects of the individuals and recognizing the degree of dependence the group needs. We are now working to establish qualities of listening and being heard in the group and establish a space where emotions, dreams, desires, fears and needs can be articulated and acknowledged.



Nadir Mothojakan

Current 1st Year, MA in Counselling

About your experience so far on the programme

Since September 2015, I joined the post-graduate  degree in Counselling to improve my helping skills in order to empower people affected by long-term health conditions such  as Diabetes Mellitus, Stroke and  Coronary Heart  Disease. I  now feel   more confident  and competent  in using interpersonal  skills in  health coaching and assisting also, in  a  voluntary  capacity,  people experiencing bereavement. With the encouragement of the lecturers, the course  gives new insights (to students about aspects of their lives) [ in my case – some aspects of my life] and  motivates  me to recognise my  involvement  as a helper  by identifying my  strengths  and ways to improve my counselling knowledge and skills.

Nadir Mothojakan

The course offers richness to learning from each other because the students are from different backgrounds, including those from overseas. 

An introduction to Therapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths