Department of Psychology

Dr Catherine Butler

Clinical Tutor / LecturerBSc, MSc, DClinPsy

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5564


Catherine qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from The University of East London in 2003 and as a Systemic Psychotherapist/Family Therapist from Kensington Consultation Centre in 2006. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The majority of Catherine's NHS work has been in Sexual Health services, but she also worked in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Catherine runs the Foundation and Intermediate Systemic Theory and Practice training courses, as well as working as a team member of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has successfully won research funding from the Faculty Teaching and Learning Development Fund, the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology, The Association of Family Therapy and The British Academy.

Research interests

  • Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Sexual Health and Sexuality
  • Intersectionality
  • Training Therapists

Current projects

  • The Evaluation of a Problem-Based Learning series within the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
  • The Evaluation of a Shared-Learning course with Clinical Psychology Trainees and Multi-Disciplinary Staff
  • The Reliability of the Systemic Family Practice - Systemic Competence Scale



das Nair, R. and Butler, C. A., 2012. Intersectionality, sexuality and psychological therapies.:Working with lesbian, gay and bisexual diversity. BPS Blackwell.

Butler, C. A., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., 2010. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice:A manual for therapists and trainers. Routledge.

Book Sections

Butler, C. and Fredman, G., 2016. Supervision of arousal and disgust. In: Fredman, G. and Bownas, J., eds. Bringing our Bodies to Supervision. London, U. K.: Karnac Books.

Higgins, S. and Butler, C. A., 2012. Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In: das Nair, R. and Butler, C., eds. Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies. Chichester: BPS Blackwell.

Butler, C. A., das Nair, R. and Thomas, S., 2010. The colour of queer. In: Counselling Ideologies. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 105-122.

Butler, C. A. and Byrne, A., 2010. Culture, sex and sexuality. In: Butler, C.A., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., eds. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice. Routledge.

Butler, C., 2010. Sexual and gender minorities:Consideration for therapy and training. In: Butler, C., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., eds. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice. London: Routledge.

Butler, C. A., 2009. Health, disability and sex. In: Butler, C.A., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., eds. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice. Routledge.

O'Donovan, A. and Butler, C. A., 2009. Sex: body, behaviour and identity. In: Butler, C.A., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., eds. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice. Routledge.

Butler, C. A., 2009. Training and awareness about sexual and gender minorities. In: Butler, C.A., O'Donovan, A. and Shaw, E., eds. Sex, sexuality and therapeutic practice. Routledge.

Butler, C. A. and Byrne, A., 2008. Queer in practice:Therapy and queer theory. In: Feeling Queer or queer feelings? London: Routledge, pp. 89-105.


Butler, C., 2017. Forthcoming. Intersectionality and Systemic Therapy. Context

Butler, C., 2015. Intersectionality in family therapy training:inviting students to embrace the complexities of lived experience. Journal of Family Therapy, 37 (4), 583 - 589.

Butler, C. A., 2011. Breaking Taboos:Acknowledging therapist arousal and disgust. Psychotherapy and Politics International

Butler, C. A., 2010. Heterosexual – the ‘normal’ delusion. Context

Byrne, A., Butler, C. A. and Mugerwa, F., 2010. Habari:Spreading the news about HIV to African communities in London. Clinical Psychology Forum

Goodwin, C. and Butler, C. A., 2009. Legitimate Love:The meaning of civil partnership for the positioning of lesbian and gay people in society. Sex and Relationship Therapy, 24 (3-4), pp. 235-248.

Butler, C. A., 2009. Sexual and gender minority therapy and systemic practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 31 (4), pp. 338-358.

Butler, C. A., 2008. Speaking the unspeakable:Female interpreters’ response to working with women who have been raped in war. Clinical Psychology Forum, 192, pp. 22-26.

Shaw, E., Butler, C. A. and Marriott, C., 2008. Sex and sexuality teaching in UK clinical psychology courses. Clinical Psychology Forum, 187, pp. 7-11.

Butler, C. A., 2008. Strange bedfellows?:Setting up a systemic couples service in a sexual health setting. Clinical Psychology Forum

Shaw, E. and Butler, C. A., 2007. New Research in Sexual Health. Clinical Psychology Forum, 171.

Butler, C. A., 2007. Putting sex on the agenda. Clinical Psychology Forum, 173.

Byrne, A., Watson, R., Butler, C. A. and Accoroni, A., 2006. Increasing the confidence of nursing staff to address the sexual health needs of people living with HIV:The use of Motivational Interviewing. Aids Care-Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of Aids/Hiv, 18 (5), pp. 501-504.

Butler, C. A., 2006. Psychology students:This time it’s personal! The Psychologist, 19 (1).

Shaw, E., Butler, C. A. and Rodohan, E., 2006. The criminalisation of HIV transmission. Clinical Psychology Forum, 164.

Butler, C. A. and Liao, L., 2006. Vagina Dialogues. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 7 (3).

Butler, C. A., 2006. What’s different about sex? Clinical Psychology Forum, 7 (3), pp. 225-256.

Gibbons, J., Butler, C. A. and Watson, R., 2005. Providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual clinical psychology trainees. Clinical Psychology Forum, 151.

Butler, C. A., 2004. An awareness-raising tool addressing lesbian and gay lives. Clinical Psychology

Butler, C. A. and Byrne, A., 2004. A clinical psychological perspective in counter sexual prejudice in institutional systems and client's lives. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 5 (3).

Butler, C. A., 2004. Lesbian and gay trainees: The challenges of personal and professional integration. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 5 (1).

Butler, C. A., 2004. What older adult service users say about systemic therapy. Context, 65, pp. 15-17.


Shaw, E., Butler, C. A., Langdridge, D., Gibson, S., Barker, M., Lenihan, P., das Nair, R. and Richards, C., 2012. Guidelines and literature review for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients. British Psychological Society.

Conference or Workshop Items

Fixter, V., Daniels, J., Butler, C. and Phillips, S., 2014. A qualitative analysis of the information needs of parents with cystic fibrosis. In: 37th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, 2014-06-11 - 2014-06-14.

Non-academic press

Shaw, L. and Butler, C. A., 2008. Sexual Trauma. Clinical Psychology Forum

Butler, C., Moon, L. and Barker, M., 2006. Introduction to the special issue. The Psychologist on Sexualities

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