J. Karen Serra U. (PhD)

Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Old Medical School Teviot Place

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eh8 9ag

Research summary

I am interested in rethinking concepts and practices that are crucial for how we can imagine our subjectivity and open up alternative ways of living as possibilities. I have explored in depth and challenged the concepts/practices of psychotherapy, reflexivity, experience and narcissism. I interrogate the assumptions that these concepts and practices take for granted. I further question what they help to generate in terms of ways of becoming a subject, of relating, of living, of knowing and more. Methodologically, I have worked reflexively with my own experience as a person, psychotherapist and educator as well as with poststructural and posthumanist theories; feminist approaches; existential-phenomenological theories; and relational and experiential perspectives in psychotherapy. In my current research, I am focusing my attention on theories that challenge the coloniality of our knowledge, ways of living, society, economy and politics. 


Publications in English:

Serra Undurraga, J. K. A. & Wyatt, J. (2024).  Not all that post, not all that new: The disruption of challenging coloniality. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. OnlineFirst https://doi.org/10.1177/15327086231219706

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2023). Using performative meta-reflexivity in psychotherapy research. In K. Tudor & J. Wyatt (Eds.), Qualitative Research Approaches for Psychotherapy (pp. 31-44). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003280859-4

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2023). What if reflexivity and diffraction intra-act? International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 36(6), 1109-1122. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2021.1900622

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2022). What are our psychotherapeutic theories and practices producing? European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 24(4), 386-401. https://doi.org/10.1080/13642537.2023.2175890

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2022). Betraying our best intentions: on the need to interrogate how we relate and what it produces. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Advance online publication.https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2022.2098409

Serra Undurraga, J. K. A. (2020). Reflexivities as Affective Ways of Relating That Produce. Qualitative Inquiry, 26(7), 920–930. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800419885408


Publicaciones en español:

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2016). El diagnóstico de narcisismo: una lectural relacional. Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría, 36 (129), 171-187. https://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/neuropsiq/v36n129/articulo10.pdf

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2016). Dinámicas vinculares en el narcisismo: una perspectiva relacional. Clínica contemporánea, 7 (1), 3-21. https://doi.org/10.5093/cc2016a1

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2016). Cuerpo y vínculo: entramados en curso. Clínica e Investigación Relacional, 10 (1). https://www.psicoterapiarelacional.es/Portals/0/eJournalCeIR/V10N1_2016/13_Serra_Cuerpo%20y%20v%C2%A1nculo_CeIR_V10N1.pdf

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2015). Justificar, fundamentar y pensar: una reflexión sobre el uso de las bases fenomenológico-existenciales en el enfoque humanista en Psicología. Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Sociales, 6 (1), 159-174 https://doi.org/10.21501/22161201.1306

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2015). Tensiones teóricas en relación a Kohut: una revisión crítica. Clínica e Investigación Relacional, 9 (1), 206-30. https://www.psicoterapiarelacional.es/Portals/0/eJournalCeIR/V9N1_2015/10_Serra_Tensiones%20teoricas%20en%20relacion%20a%20Kohut_Una%20revision%20critica_CEIR%20V9N1.pdf

Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2015). Descartes y el cuerpo en el narcisismo. Gaceta de Psiquiatria Universitaria, 11 (4), 368-378 https://sodepsi.cl/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GPU-2015-4.pdf

Bosco, C., Cano, T., Ojeda, T. & Serra Undurraga, J.K.A. (2014). Personas transexuales y discursos acerca de lo trans: desafíos a la clínica psicológica. Gaceta de Psiquiatria Universitaria, 10 (4), 458-467. https://sodepsi.cl/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GPU-2014-4.pdf



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