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DSC3356_Ruth_photoPhD, Master 2 Pro, Clinical psychology (Distinction) [Masters], French title of Clinical psychologist (Registered in France). Master 1, Clinical psychology (Distinction) [Honours]. Licence Psychologie [Bachelor]Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

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Tel +64 4 479 4487


I am a French trained clinical psychologist and psychopathologist (Registered in France) with a psychodynamic orientation. I have worked with individuals across the age range, undertaken team supervision, and forensic assessment with children and youth.

My master's thesis explored the subjective experience of a therapist who worked in a suicide prevention centre in France. The topic of clinical work with suicidal patients, also called clinical suicidology, has nurtured my curiosity ever since and provided the impetus for my PhD topic.

I joined the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group (University of Otago, Wellington) in 2015.

Current project

I am undertaking PhD studies on the topic of countertransference with patients at risk for suicide. The first phase of the project explored systematically patterns of countertransference to suicidal patients in a sample of NZ clinicians. The second phase uses a qualitative methodology to look into experiences of clinicians who feel positively inclined towards suicidal patients.

Research interests and activities

  • (Clinical) Suicidology
  • Therapeutic relationship (Common factors in therapy)
  • Transference/Countertransference dialectic
  • Countertransference literacy
  • Student member of The International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP)
  • Member of the IASP Early Career Group
  • Affiliated member of the Guianese Group for Suicide Prevention (GGPS)

Jul 2017 - Free paper presentation – “Systematic Account of Countertransference Phenomena with Patients at Risk for Suicide” - 29th World Congress of The International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP) | Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia


Soulié, T., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2023). Relationship between clinicians’ inclination toward patients at risk for suicide (PRS) and self-reported countertransference. Archives of Suicide Research, 27(1), 148-155. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2021.1972883 Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2022). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies, 46(2), 485-494. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201 Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T. S. E., Levack, W. M. M., & Bell, E. M. (2021). Barriers to positive outcomes in treating patients at risk of suicide in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Perspectives from ‘positively inclined’ clinicians [Brief report]. Kōtuitui, 16(1), 225-232. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2020.1856148 Journal - Research Other

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2020). Systematic exploration of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 24(1), 96-118. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844 Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T. (2019). 'Liking' working with suicidal patients: A mixed methods research investigation of clinicians' positive inclination to patients at risk for suicide and the effect of this on the therapeutic encounter (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from Awarded Doctoral Degree

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