Dr Ying Liu

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4679

E: ying.liu@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I am a counsellor/psychotherapist primarily trained in the dialogue between person-centred and psychodynamic approach, and a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I obtained my Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy from The University of Edinburgh in 2019, and joined DMU as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2020. 

I am interested in the aesthetics of qualitative research and the process of the inquiry itself. My research often challenges the often coherent, well-structured and 'together' traditional scholarly voice and engages the creativity, reflexivity, and the self of the researcher/practitioner. I aim at producing research writing that research beyond acadmia. 

My doctoral thesis uses writing as a method of inquiry to explore the experience of narrative incoherence. Currently, I am researching into the experience of sibling abortion under China's One-Child Policy.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Psychological Science

Publications and outputs 

Liu, Y. (2020) Writing Lived Experience – A Melancholy Elegy. Language and Psychoanalysis, 9(1), pp.1-13. https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/19693

Liu, Y. (2020) Speaking the unspoken and unspeakable: Living with the aftermath of sibling abortion under china's one-child policy. Proceedings of the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Malta, February 2020. https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/19694


Research interests/expertise

The experience of sibling abortion under China's One-Child Policy;

Writing as inquiry;


Narrative incoherence.

Areas of teaching

Counselling Psychology


Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy;
MSc in Counselling Studies;
BSc in Psychology;

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Professional licences and certificates

Postgradute Diploma and Certificate in Counselling

Conference attendance

  • Speaking the unspoken and unspeakable - living with the aftermath of China's one-child policy’. Paper presentation, ECQI 2020 – 4th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, St. Julian’s, Malta, 2020.
  • Rethinking Narrative Coherence through A Winnicottian Lens’. Paper presentation, ECQI 2019 – 3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Edinburgh, Feb. 2019
  • Playing and Talking in Sandplay Therapy – Rethinking Narrative Coherence’. Paper presentation, Conference - Narratives of the Therapeutic Encounter: Psychoanalysis, Talking Therapies and Creative Practice, Edinburgh, Dec. 2017.
  • How to Research Clients' Experiences in Sandplay Therapy? - A Methodological Exploration’. Paper presentation, Society for Psychotherapy Research UK & European Chapters 4th joint conference, Oxford, Sept. 2017.
  • Playing and Talking in Sandplay Therapy – the Client’s Experience’. The 11th Annual Postgraduate Student Conference in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The University of Edinburgh, May. 2017.

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