Dr Maria Luca is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She has been employed at the Regent’s University London as a Senior Research Fellow since 1998. She is the Director of the Regent’s Centre for Relational Research and Psychological Well-Being, Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections and course leader of the PhD in Psychotherapeutic Studies. Her main activities and responsibilities are: designing and implementing modules on Psychotherapy trainings, designing research projects on working with sexuality and the erotic in therapy, on bullying among young people and working with medically unexplained symptoms. She has a PhD in Psychotherapy Studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury UK in ‘Working with Somatisation’. She is author of 10 book chapters and several papers in peer reviewed journals and is editor of two books: Luca, M. (ed) (2014). Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice London: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-67434-5 Luca, M. (Ed) (2004). The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives. London: Brunner-Routledge. ISBN 10: 1583919775 ISBN 13: 9781583919774.
Dr Maria Luca research interests are Relational psychotherapy; Grounded theory; Sexuality and the erotic in therapy; bullying among young people.