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Dr Julianna Challenor

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Julianna Challenor is a lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and the BSc Psychology course. She is also a practicing Counselling Psychologist. Her role at City University London includes research supervision for doctoral students, personal tutor and she is Year 2 Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Julianna has a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University) and a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading in 1991. She completed her doctoral training in Counselling Psychology at City University London.

Julianna has practiced in a variety of settings including NHS Primary Care counselling, student counselling, bereavement and chronic illness. In her current independent practice, she works mainly with adolescents and adults and a wide range of presenting problems.


DPsych Counselling Psychology, City University London, United Kingdom


Academic appointments:
- Lecturer, City University London, 2014
- Visiting Lecturer and Research Supervisor, City University London, 2012 - 2014
- Associate Lecturer, Southampton Solent University, 2012 - 2013

Professional memberships

- Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Membership no: 220922)
- HCPC Registered Practitioner psychologist (Registration number: PYL28127)
- Member of Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of the BPS.
- Member of Psychotherapy section of the BPS.
- Member of The Association for Psychosocial Studies



Julianna is interested in all qualitative research methodologies, particularly psychosocial and discursive approaches and methodological pluralism. In her own research Julianna uses psychosocial methods, integrating discourse analysis with psychoanalytic approaches to research. Other research interests include ethical approaches to researching counselling processes and mind-body links in counselling practice and research. Her thesis was a psychosocial study of altruistic or non-directed kidney donation.


Conference Papers and Proceedings (3)

  1. Challenor, J. (2016). ““Not dead…abandoned” - A Pragmatic Case Study of Combat Related Trauma”. 6th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference (QRMH6) 25-27 May, Chania, Crete, Greece.
  2. Challenor, J. (2014). Creating a space for the unconscious in discursive approaches to research: reflections on constructing a psychosocial account of the body. Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health 5 (QRMH5) 2-4 September, Chania, Crete.
  3. Challenor, J. (2012). Understanding “altruistic” kidney donation – A Psychosocial Study. British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference Leicester, UK.

Journal Articles (5)

  1. Challenor, J. (2017). ‘Not dead … abandoned’ – a clinical case study of childhood and combat-related trauma. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 19(1), pp. 6–21. doi:10.1080/13642537.2017.1289967.
  2. Challenor, J. (2015). The Topic of Cancer: new perspectives on the emotional experience of cancer. Psychodynamic Practice, 21(2), pp. 173–180. doi:10.1080/14753634.2015.1025096.
  3. Challenor, J. (2014). The psychodynamics of social networking. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 16(2), pp. 180–182. doi:10.1080/13642537.2014.895553.
  4. Challenor, J. and Watts, J. (2014). 'It seemed churlish not to': How living non-directed kidney donors construct their altruism. Health (United Kingdom), 18(4), pp. 388–405. doi:10.1177/1363459313501358.
  5. Challenor, J. (2013). Working with the unworkable – a trainee’s case of maternal mourning and ulcerative colitis. Psychodynamic Practice, 19(4), pp. 406–411. doi:10.1080/14753634.2013.772441.

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