Dr Arabella Kurtz

Senior Clinical Tutor

Email: ak106@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1645

Room 5.09

George Davies Centre
Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour,
University of Leicester,

Qualifications and Areas of Interest

I am a clinical psychologist, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a qualitative researcher. I am interested in finding ways of bringing clinical practice to life in writing and demystifying therapy - what we do and how we think about it. I am currently writing a book about how to run reflective practice groups, which is aimed at healthcare staff in the NHS.

My research has focussed on ways of getting inside the dynamics of relationships between individuals and within organisations with the aim of describing submerged and unconscious meanings. For example, I have used the psychodynamic approach to observation as an alternative to the traditional research interview. I am very keen on promoting clinical-academic research collaborations and am one of the founder members of the East Midlands Reflective Practice Research Network.

I have supervised projects in the following areas:

  • the nature and impact of reflective practice groups on staff well-being and clinical practice
  • the impact of formulation-sharing on service users
  • staff-patient relationships and culture on psychiatric in-patient wards
  • adaptation of the psychodynamic observational approach in combination with qualitative methods to a research context
  • the experiences and needs of forensic mental health staff


Selected Recent Publications

Blacker, R., Kurtz, A. & Goodwin, A. (2017) ‘An in-depth study of an acute psychiatric ward: Combining the psychodynamic observational method with thematic analysis to develop understanding of ward culture’. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 31(1): 4-20.

Kurtz, A. (2017) Book Review: The therapeutic imagination: using literature to deepen psychodynamic understanding and enhance empathy. J. Holmes (Routledge 2014). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 31(2): 253-256.

Kurtz, A. (2016) Book Review: Social Defences Against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm. D. Armstrong & M. Rustin (Eds) (2014), London: Karnac. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: 30(3): 283-286.

Coetzee, J.M. & Kurtz, A. (2015) The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy. London: Random House Publications. This book has been translated into 12 different languages since publication.

Kurtz, A. (2014) Book Review: The thinking heart: three levels of psychoanalytic therapy with disturbed children. A. Alvarez (2012), Hove: Routledge. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: 28(1): 79-82.

Kurtz, A. (2012) Book Review: The manual of panic-focussed psychodynamic psychotherapy – Extended range. F.N. Busch, B.L. Milrod, M.B. Singer & A.C. Aronson (2011), Abingdon: Routledge. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: 26(2): 171-173.

Kurtz, A. & Tweed, A. (2008) ‘Introduction: Towards a psychology of marginalisation’. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5: 1-6.

Tweed, A. & Kurtz, A. (2008) ‘Special issue: Qualitative Research and Marginalisation’ (Guest editors). Qualitative Research in Psychology 5.

Kurtz, A. & Turner, K. (2007) ‘An exploratory study of the needs of staff who care for offenders with a diagnosis of personality disorder’. Psychology and Psychotherapy 80(3): 421-435.

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