John-Henry Carter

DPhil in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Through a psychoanalytic lens, what is the lived experience of alcohol addiction and the structures of subjectivity that determine one’s experience as an alcoholic? What are the clinical implications of this research?

Research abstract

This research explores the phenomenology and ‘structures of subjectivity’ (Atwood and Stolorow 1984) for the alcohol dependent subject. It will draw upon hermeneutic traditions using psychoanalytic phenomenology. The case studies will be based on interviews (Hollway & Jefferson 2013) that utilize a double hermeneutic (Finlay 2008), combining phenomenological and psychoanalytic structures with particular reference to the theoretical work of Jaques Lacan (1955, 1966, 1991). The phenomenological, structural and psychoanalytic approaches to understanding subjectivity go beyond a merely descriptive account and unveil ‘a coherence and simplicity within phenomena that are not visible at the level of description.' (Atwood and Stolorow 2014:27) Accordingly, the research will explore intrinsic relations rather than looking to explain its subject matter on the basis of external factors. The research will include individuals addicted to alcohol who volunteer to be a part of the research. It will employ qualitative methods of research using interpretative phenomenological analysis. 



Dr Alistair Ross

Elsa Bell


As a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist, I combine my curiosity for ‘being’ with a natural passion for listening to and understanding others. I am pursuing my interests in psychology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and philosophy through DPhil research beginning October 2017. As a rugby professional, I performed at the highest levels and overcame personal adversity to win the European Challenge Cup, Guinness Premiership and three Varsity matches as Captain. I work in and manage a psychotherapy practice in Oxford and am a member of UKCP and BACP. I received an Mst in Psychodynamic Practice from Oxford University and graduated with distinction. 



‘Aggression and Young People’ In BACP Children and Young People December 2015. Also presented as seminar at The Eighth Annual School Counsellors Conference for Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance. September 2015

‘A question of meaning – Psychodynamic reflections on rugby, winning and losing.’ In: Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations. Taylor and Francis online March 2015.

‘A psychodynamic perspective into the lived experience of career transition from professional rugby’ (Currently in publication)


Research interests

psychodynamic psychotherapy, phenomenology, addiction, psychoanalysis, Lacan, Freud