Zoi Simopoulou

Lecturer in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


PhD in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh

PgDip in Therapeutic work with Children and Young People: Psychoanalytic observation and reflexive practice, Human Development Scotland

MSc in Art Therapy, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

BA Hons in Philosophy and Pedagogic Psychology, School of Philosophy, University of Athens

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Member of the editorial board in 'Psychoanalytic Social Work'.

Postgraduate teaching

- Practice Seminar in Counselling and Psychotherapy

- From two person to three person to the group: a psychodynamic perspective

- Between Counselling and Research 2: Qualitative Methodologies

- Humanities and Arts Informed Research Methods


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Psychoanalytic methodologies, researching the unconscious, research relationships, arts-based methodologies, writing as inquiry

Psychoanalysis/relational psychoanalysis, existentialism/literary existentialism




Simopoulou, Z., Chandler, A. (2023). Provoked perplexity in live methods. Qualitative Research, Online First. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941231210766

Simopoulou, Z., Willis, A., & Georgiadou, L. (2022). ‘Things on Your Doorstep You Don’t Even Think About’: Thinking Intercultural Engagement with Psychodynamic Theory. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(2), 302–322. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v34i2.742

Chandler, A., Simopoulou, Z. (2021). The Violence of the Cut: Gendering Self-Harm. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18 (9), 4650. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094650

Simopoulou, Z., Chandler, A. (2020). Self-harm as an attempt at self-care. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, 10, 110–120. https://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/101

Simopoulou, Z. (2019). Young Children’s Existential Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-10841-0

Alexander, D., Bradford, J., Gannon, S., Murray, F., Partridge, N., Simopoulou, Z., Wyatt, J., McCulloch, C., Naylor, A., Williams, L., (2018). An Experiment in Writing that Flows: Citationality and Collaborative Writing. In Riddle, S., Bright, E., Honan, D. (eds.) Writing with Deleuze in the Academy. Australia: Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2065-1_8

Current research interests

Living losses, grief, life history, death and dying, intergenerational work, spirituality

Affiliated research centres