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Dr. Ladislav Timulak

Director, Doctorate of Counselling Psych (Psychology)

Ladislav Timulak, PhD is Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin. He is Course Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Ladislav (or short Laco; read Latso) is involved in the training of counselling psychologists. His main research interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion focused therapy as well as online mental health interventions. He has written 7 books, over 70 peer reviewed papers and various chapters in both his native language, Slovak, and in English. His most recent books include Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy: An Emotion‐Focused Approach (Routledge, 2015) and Transforming Generalized Anxiety: An Emotion‐Focused Approach (Routledge, 2017). He provides trainings for clinicians using the approach presented in his books internationally and in Ireland. He directs Emotion-Focused Therapy Research Group and co-directs an E-Mental Health Research group.He previously co‐edited Counselling Psychology Quarterly. He serves on various editorial boards and provides expert reviews of academic papers and research grants internationally.
  Alcoholism Treatment   Behavioral Therapy   Drug Abuse Treatment   Emotional, behavioural and cognitive disorders   Emotional/Mental Health   Health, Clinical and Counselling   Mental Disorders   Mental Health Services   Psychosocial Therapy   psychotherapy research, evidence-based psychotherapy   Relaxation Techniques
 Effectiveness of an internet-based transdiagnostic programme for the treatment of emotional disorders
 Emotion-Focused Therapy for mixed anxiety and depression in cancer patients
 Online treatment for depression
 Online treatment of generalised anxiety disorder
 Helpful and unhelpful aspects of eating disorder treatments

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Co-Editor-in-Chief, Counselling Psychology Quarterly since 2013
member of editorial board Journal of Counseling Psychology since 2016
member of editorial board Journal of Psychotherapy Integration since 2017
member of Editorial Board of the journal Psychotherapy Research since 2013
member of Editorial Board of the journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 2009
Member of International advisory board of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. 2002-Present
Programme External Examiner - Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology University of Surrey, UK 2014-2017
A member of International Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Psychoterapie
External Examiner of Theses: City University London, UK; University of West England, Bristol, UK; Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK; University of Abertay, Dundee, UK; Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; London Metropolitan University, UK; University of Surrey, UK; Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Psychological Society of Ireland, past council member, honorary secretary 2006-2010
Division of Counselling Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland, past committee member
peer reviewed for: BMC Psychiatry, BMJ Open, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Canadian Psychology, Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice; Journal of Counseling Psychology; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Psychoterapie; Counselling Psychology Quarterly; Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies; Counselling and Psychotherapy Research; Psychotherapy Research; European Journal of Counselling Psychology; Journal of Psychotherapy Integration; Journal of Affective Disorders; Psychology and Psychotherapy; European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling; Social Behavior and Personality
Psychological Society of Ireland - Board of Professional Conduct member 2008-2009
Psychological Society of Ireland Quality Assurance Group reviewing postgraduate training guidelines 2007 - 2008
Psychological Society of Ireland Quality Assurance Group reviewing postgraduate training guidelines in counselling psychology (since ) 2007 - 2008
A member of the Psychological Society of Ireland accreditation panel University College Cork MSc in Counselling Psychology. September 2007
A programme re-approval Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Glasgow Caledonian University, UK (November 2018) 2018
Psychological Society of Ireland - Foreign Qualifications Expert Validation Committee (assessing foreign qualification for the Department of Health) 2008-2017
Chair of Commission (Humanistic Psychotherapies) for registration in The Register of Psychotherapists of Slovak Psychotherapeutic Society. 2004-2005
Chair of Division of Counseling Psychology of Slovak Chamber of Psychologists 2004-2005
Member of the committee of Slovak Psychotherapy Society since 2006
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Czech Fluent Medium Medium
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Basic Medium
Russian Basic Basic Basic
Slovak Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Society for Psychotherapy Research 2003
Slovak Psychotherapy Society
the Slovak Chamber of Psychologists 1999
Psychological Society of Ireland 2005
Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
Hissa, J. & Timulak, L. , Theoretically informed qualitative psychotherapy research: A primer. , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2020, p6 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Qiu, S., Hannigan, B., Keogh, D., & Timulak, L. , Learning emotion-focused therapy: Certified emotion-focused therapists' perspectives., Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies. , 2020, p21 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Richards, D., Timulak, L., Connell, S., Mojica-Perilla, M., Parra-Villa, Y. & Castro-Camacho, L. (2020). , A randomised control trial of a culturally adapted cognitive behavioural internet-delivered treatment for depressive symptoms., Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental health. , 2020, p21 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Timulak, L. & Elliott, R. , Taking Stock of Descriptive-Interpretative Qualitative Psychotherapy Research: Issues and Observations from the Front Line. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research., Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 19, (1), 2019, p8 - 15, Notes: [ doi: 10.1002/capr.12197], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Katie O'Brien, Nora O'Keeffe, Hannah Cullen, Aoife Durcan, Ladislav Timulak & James McElvaney, Emotion-Focused Perspective on Generalised Anxiety Disorder: A Qualitative Analysis of Clients' In-Session Presentations., Psychotherapy Research, 29, 2019, p524 - 540, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Toolan, R., Devereux, M., Timulak, L., & Keogh, D., Relationship between self‐worrying and self‐critical messages in clients with generalised anxiety engaging in emotion‐focused worry dialogues. , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research., 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Connolly-Zubot, A., Timulak, L., Hession, N. & Coleman, N. , Emotion-focused therapy for anxiety and depression in women with breast cancer. , Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy., 2019, p10 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Richards, D., Timulak, L., Adapting an Internet-delivered intervention for depression for Colombian college student population: An illustration of an integrative empirical approach, Internet Interventions, 15, 2019, p76 - 86, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Timulak, L. & Keogh, D., Emotion-Focused therapy: A Transdiagnostic formulation., Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Clinical implications of quantitative, qualitative and case study research on emotion-focused therapy. in, L. S. Greenberg & R. N. Goldman (Eds.), , Clinical handbook of emotion-focused therapy. , Washington, DC: American Psychological Association., American Psychological Association., 2018, [Timulak, L. & Iwakabe, S., & Elliott, R.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL

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Ladislav Timulak, Timulak, L. (2012). Review of the book 'Consensual Qualitative Research', edited by Clara Hill. Psychotherapy, 49, 273-274. DOI: 10.1037/a0028025, by Review of the book 'Consensual Qualitative Research', edited by Clara Hill. , Psychotherapy, 2012, Review, PUBLISHED
Ladislav Timulak, Timulak, L. (2011). Review of the book 'Case studies in emotion-focused therapy'. Counselling and Psychotherapy research, 11., by Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, Leslie Greenberg , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2011, Review, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, l., Sympózium o profesionálnej etike pre psychológov, Psychofórum, 1, (2005), 2005, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Timuľák, L., Pár poznámok k boloňskému modelu a k profilu absolventov túdia psychológie, Psychofórum, 1, (2004), 2004, p27 - 28, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, L., Internetovské stránky s tematikou psychoterapie vo svete, Psychofórum, 1, (2004), 2004, p51 - 52, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, L., Personzentrierte und Experienzielle Psychotherapie in der Slowakei, Person, 8, 2004, p63 - 65, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, L., Potreba koncepcie (aplikačných oblastí) poradenskej psychológie, Psychofórum, 2, (2004), 2004, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, L., Empiricky podlo ené psychologické intervencie, Psychofórum, 2, (2004), 2004, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timuľák, L., Recenzia na knihu L. Benjaminová: Interpersonal diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders, Československá Psychologie, 2004, Review, PUBLISHED
Timuľák L., Review of Doing counselling research, by J. McLeod , Československá Psychologie, 2004, Review, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
European Association of Counselling Psychology - Award for contribution to the development of Counselling Psychology in Europe. 2014
Scholarship Fulbright visiting researcher, USA. 2001/2002
Scholarship Flemish Community, Belgium. 1997/1998
My primary identity is as a psychotherapy researcher. I have written 6 books, and approximately 80 book chapters and research papers. My primary research interest is the development of emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and its adaptation for various diagnostic presentations. I have recently worked on the adaptation of EFT for generalized anxiety disorder in a primary care heath setting; anxiety in a college population; and depression and anxiety in a breast cancer population. Studies carried out within my research lab focus on various aspects of the delivery of psychological therapies for a range of mental health difficulties. I have significant experience in the area of randomised controlled trials, and have supervised, designed and implemented several trials in both face-to-face and online internet-delivered therapy, with a particular focus on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. I co-direct the E-Mental Health Research group (running research projects currently supported by industry partner SilverCloud Health and the Irish Research Council). My studies (including an evaluation of the nationwide Counselling in Primary Care service) have been hosted by services of the major public health providers such as the Health Service Executive in Ireland or the National Health Service in the UK. Projects on which I was Principal Investigator have been, in some cases repeatedly, funded by the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, SilverCloud Health, Bodywhys, the Fullbright Commission, etc. Many funded projects involved direct collaboration with industry partners. My research lab has also trained a number of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.