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Trudi Macagnino

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Professional biography

I am currently a staff tutor in the school of psychology and counselling. I have recently retired from my clinical practice as a psychotherapist where I worked as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.

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Research interests

I have recently completed my PhD 'The Play of Defences in the Climate and Ecological Emergency:A Psychosocial Exploration of Therapy and Eco-activism'. I continue to be interested in researching topics associated with the climate and ecological crisis including climate anxiety.

My preferred methodology is qualitative psychosocial and I draw on psychoanalytic ideas to explore unconscious material.

I am currently part of the team for an Open Societal Challenge project investigating eco-anxiety amongst students.

Teaching interests

As a staff tutor I am involved in the presentation and/or production of the following modules:

D241 Exploring mental health and counselling

DD310 Counselling and forensic psychology

DD210 Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary

D230 Advancing your counselling practice

Impact and engagement

I have been involved with BBC Springwatch helping to develop a survey investigating climate-anxiety and how to manage it. 


Online Free Association Narrative Interviewing: Intimacy, embodied experience and technological entanglements (2023)
Macagnino, Trudi
Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 35(1) (pp. 60-66)

Why aren’t we talking about climate change? – Defences in the therapy room (2022)
Macagnino, Trudi
British Gestalt Journal, 31, Article 3(2) (pp. 14-23)

Why Aren't We Talking About Climate Change? Defences in the Therapy Room (2024-06-18)
Macagnino, Trudi
In: Bednarek, Steffi ed. Climate, Psychology and Change (pp. 49-64)
ISBN : 9798889840817 | Publisher : North Atlantic Books | Published : Berkeley, California, USA

Eco-anxiety in the Therapy Room: Affect, Defences and Implications for Practice (2024)
Macagnino, Trudi
In: Anderson, Judith; Staunton, Tree; O'Gorman, Jenny and Hickman, Caroline eds. Being a Therapist in a Time of Climate Breakdown (pp. 126-135)
ISBN : 978-1-032-56560-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, UK