Biljana van Rijn

Biljana van Rijn
Metanoia Institute · Faculty of Research and Doctoral programmes

Doctor of Psychotherapy

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Objectives Life script is a transactional analysis concept describing a pattern of human experience, interaction and meaning making developed in childhood that can be activated in adulthood, sometimes creating problems. Problematic life script themes can impact a therapist's experience and interaction during clinical work and interfere with therape...
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Aims This study describes the outcomes of clients treated by therapists in their first placement who were undergoing training in a range of humanistic and other relational approaches: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Integrative, Humanistic, Person Centred and Counselling Psychology. Method All clients seen by 179 trainee therapists over a 2-year...
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This article presents a focused review of the research literature in transactional analysis (TA). TA was developed in the 1950s as a theory of human personality and social behavior and as a comprehensive form of psychotherapy, but there has not been any systematic research to test the empirical evidence for the efficacy of TA theory and practice. T...
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Since the creation of transactional analysis (TA) in the 1950s, almost 50,000 handbooks, theoretical articles, and personal perspectives have been published about it. However, the application of TA has not been systematically studied. The research described in this article involved an online survey titled the Transactional Analysis Review Survey (T...
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Since the founding of transactional analysis (TA) by Eric Berne in the 1950s, many psychometric instruments have been developed to operationalize TA concepts. Several studies have provided general reviews of these, but the studies are not systematic and do not assess the psychometric quality of the instruments. We conducted a systematic literature...
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Sexual attraction between human beings is a pervasive phenomenon, impacting the process of psychotherapy, as well as other areas of social engagement. However, within ethical psychotherapy practice, the experience of attraction could not lead to enactment without ethical misconduct or premature therapeutic termination. This qualitative study focuse...
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This study aimed to investigate (a) what clients’ within-treatment activity preferences were; (b) whether match between preferences and psychotherapy approach predicted outcomes and alliance; (c) whether scores on preference dimensions, per se, predicted outcomes and alliance. Participants were 470 clients engaging in one of five approaches with tr...
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This study aimed to investigate (a) what clients’ within-treatment activity preferences were; (b) whether match between preferences and psychotherapy approach predicted outcomes and alliance; (c) whether scores on preference dimensions, per se, predicted outcomes and alliance. Participants were 470 clients engaging in one of five approaches with tr...
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Sexual attraction between human beings is a pervasive phenomenon, impacting the process of psychotherapy, as well as other areas of social engagement. However, within ethical psychotherapy practice the experience of attraction could not lead to enactment without ethical misconduct or premature therapeutic termination. This qualitative study focused...
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This article has been removed at the request of the author. The research was a naturalistic, non randomised, evaluation of Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt psychotherapies, Integrative Counselling Psychology and Person Centred counselling within the research clinic at Metanoia Institute in the UK. Standardised measures were used to assess tr...
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Reflective practice is a vital part of your counselling and psychotherapy training and practice. This is the second edition of a go-to introduction to what it is, why it is important, and how to use different models for reflection and reflective practice to enhance your work with clients. It will support your personal development and professional d...
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The book addresses some of the challenges associated with sexual attraction in psychotherapy practice and supervision, as well as within services, and helps therapists, supervisors, and managers to navigate them with openness and self-reflection. The book focuses on practical and applied issues, using a humanistic-integrative relational approach fo...
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Objectives According to the assimilation model, psychotherapeutic progress involves building semiotic meaning bridges between disconnected parts of the person. Previous research with a young male client, who was diagnosed with ASP, showed that digital imagery can serve to build inter and intrapersonal relating during counselling. This project aimed...
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Objectives According to the assimilation model, psychotherapeutic progress involves building semiotic meaning bridges between disconnected parts of the person. Previous research has focused on verbal meaning bridges; this case study investigated whether and how digital imagery might serve as well. Design This was a qualitative theory‐building case...
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This study is a pilot evaluation of a new avatar-based therapeutic tool, ProReal, with psychologically distressed young people within a school setting. In total, 54 young people, aged 12–18 years old, participated in face-to-face avatar-based counselling. Young people used the software to represent themselves and others, their problems and emotions...
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Background: This study is a qualitative analysis of clients' experiences of a new avatar based counselling intervention, based on the 'ProReal' software (www.proreal.world). The intervention was piloted in eight secondary schools in the UK in 2016. Aims: Twenty-nine participants (53% of the full sample) were interviewed about their use of the softw...
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Introduction to clinical assessment in psychotherapy
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Doing practice-based research in therapy – a reflexive approach makes the vital link between research skills and self-awareness, critical reflection and personal development.
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is paper presents the preliminary development and description of adherence questionnaires in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Relational Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy, and the first evaluation of their validity and reliability. The analysis was conducted with 450 questionnaires used between 2011 and 2013, at a research clinic. It sugge...
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This article compares outcomes of transactional analysis individual and group psychotherapy for depression and anxiety within two public clinics in the United Kingdom. The research was a naturalistic, open-label trial with no control group and limited randomization. The analysis focused on treatment outcomes for clients who presented for therapy wi...
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The paper presents an introduction of a newly developed, avatar-based virtual reality therapy, as an addition to the therapeutic programme, within a therapeutic community prison in the UK. The participants had six group sessions facilitated by a counsellor. The aim of the project was to investigate whether this approach would improve mental health...
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes, acceptability and helpful aspects of a pluralistic therapeutic intervention for depression. Design: The study adopted a multisite, non-randomised, pre-/post-intervention design. Methods: Participants experiencing moderate or more severe levels of depression (as assessed by a score of 10...
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes, acceptability and helpful aspects of a pluralistic therapeutic intervention for depression. Design: The study adopted a multisite, non-randomised, pre-/post-intervention design. Methods: Participants experiencing moderate or more severe levels of depression (as assessed by a score of 10...
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A naturalistic sessional evaluation of routine outcomes of psychotherapy from a range of theoretical orientations including transactional analysis, using standardised measures for depression, anxiety, general distress and working alliance, was conducted across completed therapy interventions by 113 therapists with 263 clients within an academic ins...
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The research described in this article involved a naturalistic, nonrandomized evaluation of transactional analysis and gestalt psychotherapies, integrative counseling psychology, and person-centered counseling within a medium-term, community-based service. Routine outcome evaluation used standardized measures to assess treatment outcomes and the wo...
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The paper reports on a naturalistic study that replicated the evaluative design associated with the UK National Health Service initiative IAPT − Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CSIP 2008, NHS 2011), as previously used to assess Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with the aim of evaluating 12-session treatments for anxiety and depress...
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This research was a small scale quantitative study involving students undergoing Relational Transactional Analysis psychotherapy training at Metanoia Institute in London in the UK between September 2007 and July 2008. The researchers aimed to evaluate the impact of the training on students’ psychological health, using the ‘Autonomy Questionnaire’ (...
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This study is an evaluation of a new approach to clinical training in Transactional Analysis using the methodology of action research. The evaluation focuses on the second year of training and placement-based clinical practice at the Metanoia Institute, UK. The design of the training year was research-based and used the concept of an ‘internship’ y...

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The TRP group focuses on how psychotherapists and counselling psychologists can progress as confident research practitioners. What are the opportunities and obstacles, personally, professionally, and academically for therapists in their transition into research? How can clinical practice and research be linked, and what support may be required for that to happen? Research supervision and teaching, academic writing and support at work have been some of our research themes so far. The TRP group aims to enhance research training for counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists by providing learning and professional development events, supporting research and best-practice developments, and making policy recommendations to promote effective and sustainable research training for therapists. These goals are valued as means to enhance the capability of therapists to engage with research-led knowledge with benefits both for themselves and, ultimately, for their clients. We welcome students and staff to join us.
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The TRP group focuses on how psychotherapists and counselling psychologists can progress as confident research practitioners. What are the opportunities and obstacles, personally, professionally, and academically for therapists in their transition into research? How can clinical practice and research be linked, and what support may be required for that to happen? Research supervision and teaching, academic writing and support at work have been some of our research themes so far. The TRP group aims to enhance research training for counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists by providing learning and professional development events, supporting research and best-practice developments. These goals are valued as means to enhance the capability of therapists to engage with research-led knowledge with benefits both for themselves and, ultimately, for their clients. We welcome students and staff to join us.