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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

Contact details  

Tel +64 4 479 4487
Email tess.soulie@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Background

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

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Publications

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2020). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201

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 http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9379

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Systematic exploration of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2018). Understanding clinicians' positive inclination to patients at risk for suicide: Preliminary findings. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Effect of clinicians' profession and theoretical orientation on levels of endorsement of countertransference to suicidal patients. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 118-119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2020). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Systematic exploration of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2018). Understanding clinicians' positive inclination to patients at risk for suicide: Preliminary findings. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Effect of clinicians' profession and theoretical orientation on levels of endorsement of countertransference to suicidal patients. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 118-119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2017, July). Paradoxical countertransference: Systematic account of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Verbal presentation at the 29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and 21st Malaysian Conference on Psychological Medicine (MCPM), Kuching, Malaysia.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

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 http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9379

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