Zoi Simopoulou (PhD)

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 (with) 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