Dr Alistair Ross


Alistair Ross is an accredited Minister of Religion (Baptist) and the first half his career was spent serving in faith community contexts. He has also been part of a chaplain’s department in a psychiatric hospital. His worked evolved as a practical theologian, trainer, and therapist. He was Director of the Clinical Theology Association before becoming a full-time academic at the University of Birmingham. He is a senior accredited therapist and supervisor (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) where he was Chair of Professional Ethics and Quality Standards. He is a Founding Scholar in the British Psychoanalytic Council and Chair of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association.   

Research Area(s):

Christian and Religious Ethics

Historical and Systematic Theology

Philosophical Theology

Research Interests:

My research focusses on the relationships between the sacred, spirituality, religion, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
I am also interested on the role of ethics in therapy and related helping professions.
I have further interests in mental health and oral history projects.

Research Centres & Projects:

Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, Regent's Park College.


I am a long-standing member on the editorial board of the journal Practical Theology.



Publications and Research Outputs:

Ross, A. (2019) Introducing Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Art and Science of the Unconscious. Open University Press.
Femke Molekamp Stokes & Alistair Ross (2019) What do psychodynamic therapists make of their reveries in the therapeutic encounter? A constructivist grounded theory study, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2018.1562155
Ross, A. (2018) History Makers: Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalyst. New York: Cavendish Square Publishing
Pratt, A. and Ross, A. (2018) ‘Terrorism: An Incarnational response - an interview with Andrew Pratt’ in Nigel Rooms and Zoë Bennett (ed.) Practical Theology in Progress. Showcasing an emerging discipline. Hove: Routledge.
Ross, A. (2018) ‘Psychodynamic Approaches’ in A. Reeves, An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy. From Theory to Practice, 2nd ed. London: Sage.
Ross, A. (2018) Help Others Make Sense of Life. A Practical Guide to Counselling. London: Icon Books
Ross, A. (2016) ‘The Power of a Kiss’ Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13: 3, pp. 331-335.
Ross, A. (2016) On learning from (being) the patient. Psychodynamic Practice, 22:3, pp. 273-277.
Ross, A. (2016) Freud. Pocket Giants Series. Stroud: The History Press.
Ross, A. (2016) ‘Spirituality and Spiritual Experiences in Therapy’. Therapy Today (May 2016).
Ross, A. (2016) ‘Identifying the categories of spiritual experience encountered by therapists in their clinical work.’ British Journal of Guidance & Counselling Vol. 44:3, pp. 316-324.