Dr Elizabeth Weightman
Washington Singer 202
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
My recent and current research includes using discourse analysis to explore how disturbed states of mind are constructed and reacted to, and research using the OPD method for analysing the psychotherapeutic assessment of patients.
My areas of expertise are: qualitative research, research into the concept of containment and psychoanalytic assessments of conflict and trauma.
My current doctoral supervisees include those who are working on: whistle blowing in the NHS, the emergence of leadership in cyber criminal gangs operating online, the assessment of children for psychotherapy, the experience of non-verbal declarative functioning in psychotherapy.
BAHons, Postgrad. Cultural Studies,
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist British Psychoanalytic Council Reg.17217
My initial background is in the arts with cultural studies as my first area of postgraduate study. My career has included teaching, being a Head of Department in a Further Edudcation College and holding a national research and devlopment post in adult and further education in the Department for Education. This work included developing and monitoring a range of qualitative and quantitative research projects in colleges and universities. Following this I worked on widening participation to higher education with the WEA as a regional director. I am a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and have worked for 13 years in the NHS as a Professional Lead in Psychotherapy and for more than twenty years in private psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice.
My current post enables me to bring together my research interests, my teaching background and my psychoanalytic experience and knowledge. I am particularly interested in developing ways of investigating subjective experience using qualitative methods such as discourse or narrative analysis.
Discourse analysis in a mental health setting
Psychoanalysis and discourse
Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis
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MSc Psychological Therapies
Qualitative research supervision
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