Dr Alistair Ross

Profile details


Alistair Ross initially trained as a Baptist Minister and worked in South London, Kent and Birmingham.  He subsequently did an experiential therapeutic training at Claybury Psychiatric Hospital in Essex and worked as a pastoral counsellor and pastoral theologian.  Further training as a psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor followed and since 2002 he has led the MA in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Birmingham.  He is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor and is Chair of BACP’s Professional Ethics and Quality Standards Committee.

Research interests

His research interests include:

  • The work, ideas and letters of Oskar Pfister
  • The letters of Harry Guntrip
  • The development of sacred psychoanalysis
  • The emergence of spirituality in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
  • Ethics in relation to counselling and psychotherapy
  • The evolution of psychodynamic counselling and therapy 

Dr Ross is not considering taking on graduate students at this time.



Sigmund Freud: pocket GIANTS (The History Press, 2016)

Journal Articles:

Ross, A. (2011) ‘The writings of Peter Lomas’ in the European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling

Green, C. & Ross, A. (2011) ‘Examining the lived experience of anorexia – a case study and narrative analysis’ in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Ross, A. (2010) ‘The relational: A postmodern meta-narrative’ in the European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling 


He regularly peer reviews articles for the following journals:

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling

Practical Theology


Alistair regularly writes reviews for the European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling, as well as Practical Theology including:

Culliford, L. (2011) The Psychology of Spirituality. Jessica Kingsley

Hoffman, M. (2011) Toward Mutual Recognition: Relational Psychoanalysis and the Christian Narrative. Routledge

Lemma, A. (2009) Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification. Routledge

Orange, D. (2010) Thinking for Clinicians. Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Therapies. Routledge

Podmore, S. (2011) Kierkegaard and the self before God. Anatomy of the Abyss. Indiana University Press

Reeves. A. (2010) Counselling Suicidal Clients. Sage


Published interviews:


‘Ethics and standards’ Therapy Today (July 2011)

‘Sacred Psychoanalysis’ Oxford Psychotherapy Society Journal (June 2011)