Dr Karen Ciclitira
Tel: 020 7586 1447
Karen is an Associate Professor in Psychology and a Chartered Psychologist. A psychotherapist with wide experience, Karen is client-focussed and works with adults of all ages. She specialises in working with women and men with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, sexual issues, including violence and abuse, and problems connected to physical illness.
Her academic activities include publications in scientific and psychology journals, supervision of doctoral students, and teaching and training within both the university and private sectors. She also sees clients for therapy in Belsize Park, London, NW3.
Karen is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS), the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). She has over twenty years clinical experience within the NHS, private and voluntary sectors. She has qualifications in Business Management and in Higher Education and has been a university teacher for over a decade.
After obtaining a BSc in Psychology and Counselling from Surrey University, Karen was awarded a PhD in Psychology (with funding from the Economic and Scientific Research Council) from Manchester Metropolitan University. She trained with the British Association of Psychotherapists, is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, a registered Chartered Psychologist, and was elected Chair of the Psychology of Women’s Section of the British Psychological Society from 2007 to 2009.
Prior to working as an academic and a psychotherapist, Karen held various consultancy and managerial roles in London and in Sydney, Australia. As Associate Professor at Middlesex University in the Psychology Department she teaches mental health and research methods to psychology undergraduates and postgraduates. She is a supervisor to doctoral students at Middlesex University and City University, London, and she also supervises counsellors and psychotherapists.
Karen’s research has been published in a variety of scientific and psychology journals. Topics of her research include women’s mental health, sexuality, self-harm, the evaluation of counselling services, eating disorders, and culture and diversity in clinical trainings. She regularly presents at national and international conferences and sits on a range of advisory boards and committees. She is a member of the following Professional Bodies and Learned Societies:
- Association for Psychosocial Studies
- British Psychological Society (BPS), Associate Fellow
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- British Psychotherapy Foundation
- British Psychoanalytic Council
- BPS Psychotherapy Section
- BPS Psychology of Women’s Section
- BPS Qualitative methods Section
- Institute of Psychoanalysis
- Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Dr Karen Ciclitira’s publications
Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Payne, N., & Clarke, L. (2017). A sanctuary of tranquillity in a ruptured world: Evaluating long-term counselling at a women’s community health centre. Feminism & Psychology, 27, 4, 530-552.
Powell, C., Marzano, L. & Ciclitira, K. (2017). Mother-infant separations in prison. A systematic attachment-focused review of the academic and grey literature. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 28, 6, 790-810.
Marzano, L., Ciclitira, K., & Adler, J. (2016). Non-suicidal self-harm amongst incarcerated men: A qualitative study. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 6, 4, 157-172.
Powell, C., Marzano, L., & Ciclitira, K. (2016). Mother-infant separations in prison. A systematic attachment-focused policy review. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, and Psychology, 28, 2, 274-289.
Starr, F. & Ciclitira, K. (2015). Who does what, where and how? A portrait of UK psychologists in the Independent sector. Clinical Psychology Forum, 273, 15-23.
Payne, N., Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., & Brunswick, N. (2015). Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 15, 2, 79-87. Click here to view
Marzano, L., Adler, J., & Ciclitira, K. (2015). Responding to repetitive, non-suicidal self-harm in an English male prison: Staff experiences, reactions and concerns. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20, 241-254. Click here to view
Starr, F. & Ciclitira, K. (2015). Who does what, where and how? A portrait of UK psychologists in the independent sector. Clinical Psychology Forum, 273, 15-23.
Starr, F. & Ciclitira, K. (2014). Setting up in private practice. Therapy Today, 25, 3, 24-27.
Ciclitira, K. & Foster, N. (2013). Diversity: A helpful first step. New Associations, 12, Summer, 6.
Starr, F., Ciclitira, K., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N. & Costa, A. (2013), Comfort and challenge: A thematic analysis of female clinicians’ experiences of supervision. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 86, 3, 334-351. Theo, Res, Pra. Click here to view
Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N., & Costa, A. (2012). Women counsellors’ experiences of personal therapy: a thematic analysis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12, 2, 136-145. Click here to view
Ciclitira K. & Foster, N. (2012). Attention to Culture and Diversity in Psychoanalytic Trainings. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 28, 3, 353-373. Click here to view
Marzano, L., Ciclitira, K., & Adler, J. (2012). The Impact of staff responses on self harming behaviours: prisoners’ perspectives. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51, 1, 4-18. Click here to view
Reveley, K. & Ciclitira, K. (2011). Life on the psychiatric ward: a qualitative study. British Journal of Wellbeing, 2, 7, 41-43.
Marzano, L., Capdevila, R., Ciclitira, K., & Lazard, L. (2009). Justice and care: Theorising the ‘new man’ and the ‘caring father’. The Psychology of Women Section Review, 11, 2, 11-20.
Kelly, A., & Ciclitira, K. (2011). Eating and drinking habits of young London-based men: A qualitative study. Journal of Gender Studies, 20, 3, 223-235. Click here to view
DeSouza, P., & Ciclitira, K. (2005). Men and dieting: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 6, 793-804. Click here to view
Ciclitira, K., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N., Starr, F., & Berger, S. (2004). Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a women’s health centre. Psychology of Women Section Review, 6, 1, 60-69.
Ciclitira, K., & Weaver, J. (Eds) (2002). The body. The Psychologist, 15, 4, 180-198.