Affiliate Members

Affiliate members are the direct collaborators belonging and working at the PCLab currently



Emmanuelle Zech, Professor, in charge of the PCLab. After a PhD on the effects of emotion verbalization (2000) and a post-doctorate partly carried out at the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (Univ. Florida, 2001-2002), she was appointed professor at UCLouvain in 2004. She develops her research in the various axes detailed in the tab "Research projects". She develops her teaching in the fields of the helping relationship, person-centered and experiential psychotherapy, and death and mourning in the various training cycles. She maintains a practice as a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist at the Centre de guidance de Louvain-la-Neuve.


Jochem Willemsen, Professor of clinical psychology at UCLouvain. After completing his PhD on psychopathic personality features and affective disorders in prison detainees (supervised by professor Paul Verhaeghe) at Ghent University, he did postdoc research on the treatment of people with personality disorders and deviant sexuality. From 2014 to 2019, he was as a lecturer at the University of Essex (UK) where he developed his portfolio of teaching and research in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and case study methodology. He co-founded the Single Case Archive (, an online repository of published psychotherapy case studies. In 2019, he joined UCLouvain to teach clinical psychology and criminological psychology. His research focusses on psychotherapy processes, in which he often, but not exclusively, relies on qualitative methods. A particular point of interest is the use of the case study method to bridge the gap between research and practice in clinical psychology. Some of the research topics that interest him are the therapist factor in psychotherapy (what does the therapist contribute to effective treatment?), single case methodology (what is a good case study, what can we learn from a case study?) and the treatment of offenders (how do offenders engage in compulsory treatment?). He trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and works in private practice.

Hubert de Condé,

PhD student and Assistant in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, part-time since 15/09/2020. Graduated with a Master in Clinical Psychology (2018), a Master of Specialization in Integrative Psychotherapy (2019) and a Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy (2022), he is currently following a Certificate in Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy. He consults as an independent psychologist in Brussels and Louvain-la-Neuve. His research combines different strands of clinical psychology. His thesis focuses on the integration of the personal and professional aspects of therapists and how they develop over time in this complex profession.


George Fragakis (Prem Adri), clinical psychologist/psychotherapist, doctoral student and assistant in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences on a full-time basis, obtained his BA in Psychology from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2007-2012). Subsequently, he obtained a Master's degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde (2012-2016), as well as further Master's degrees in Child Development Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire (2013-2014) and in Conflict and Communication from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens (2016-2018). He has been certified as a psychotherapist by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) since 2018 and as a trainer in the Person Centred Approach, certified by the European Society for Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy (PCE-Europe) since 2021.



Marie Géonet, Doctor in psychology and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, specialized in conjugal and sexological care. She works as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology (UCL) and currently holds the position of President of the School of Family and Sexual Sciences. She is also a lecturer at the Haute Ecole Léonard de Vinci and offers private consultations in the Brussels region. Her research interests target, on the one hand, the adaptation of couples to oncological disease, both at the relational and sexual level. On the other hand, she is also involved in research on person-centered therapy, more specifically in the context of couple follow-up.


Pierre Gérain, PhD student on a FNRS-FRESH fund (since 1/10/2016). He graduated in clinical and health psychology at UCL (2016). For his master's thesis, he studied the adaptation of the value system in women affected by breast cancer. During his thesis, his research focused on the impact on mental and physical health of being a caregiver of a person affected by a deficit of autonomy. Convinced that caring for a loved one must remain a rich and positive experience, he seeks to better understand the factors that have a negative impact on the caregiving journey. A better identification of these factors could help improve the initiatives put in place to support caregivers in their role. He is currently conducting a survey on the experiences of caregivers:

Niccolò Fiorentino Polipo, clinical psychologist, is FRS-funded PhD student since 01/10/2021. He holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan, Italy), a second-cycle degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), and a master of science in Forensic Psychology from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). He completed his clinical placement at the Cyprus Institute for Psychotherapy (Limassol, Cyprus). He lives in Brussels where he is training as an aspirant Jungian analyst with the Belgian School for Jungian Psychoanalysis. As an independent scholar, he has published on the topic of Jungian psychology and moral philosophy. His doctoral project focuses on the role of deliberate reflective practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. What does it mean to “think psychoanalytically”? Is it a therapeutic skill? Can it be learned/taught?

Anthony Vandeuren is a clinical psychologist. He is mainly working with HIQ people (UMons University Certificate) and people suffering from parental burnout (dissertation and certification training from the Parental Burnout Training Institute). Among his clients, he is also dealing with existential questioning (death, bereavement, anguish). He therefore favors a person-centered approach and psychodynamic orientation.
Anthony joined the PCLab as scientific collaborator to explore several issues around the psychology of bereavement: (1) the role of connecting objects (having belonged to the deceased) in the grieving process, (2) the bereavement of children who have lost a parent (father/mother), and (3) the impact of the number and nature of "traumatic" life events on resilience.

Chantal Verdon has been a Canadian professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais since 2007. She holds a master's degree that focused on examining the meaning of life after the death of a child and holds a Ph.D. in nursing where she developed a model that focuses on a specific approach: "taking care of oneself to care for others" through relationships. Her research projects and teaching are based around the experiences of families and practitioners facing complex life situations such as death and bereavement in relational, systemic and temporal perspectives. She is in charge of a family clinic specializing in bereavement support, established at her university since 2010.

Nicolas Westrelin Westrelin is a Psychology and Educational sciences PhD student. With his master’s thesis (2018), he investigated professional burn-out and parental burn-out similarities and specifies. Currently, he goes on his work by looking into informal caregiver experience and specifically into informal caregiver burn-out.
In the meantime, he gives lectures in psychology at the Catholic University of Lille, and in emotions management at the Regional Center of Education for Childhood Professional (Lille). He also works as a psychologist for AVANCE (La Madeleine/Lille) in which he intervenes on health at work and professional exhaustion issues.


Morgane Xhonneux, has been a full-time doctoral student and assistant in the Faculty of Psychology and Family Sciences (sexology) (UCL) since 15/09/17. She graduated in clinical psychology in 2015 and in sexology in 2017. She also consults as an independent psychologist and sexologist in Walloon Brabant (Wavre and Louvain-La-Neuve). Her research combines a person-centered and couple-centered approach. Her thesis project focuses on therapeutic alliance breakdowns within couple therapy. More specifically, her research question is: can the increase of congruence and Unconditional Positive Consideration (CPI) in the person-centered therapist be considered as a protective factor for these ruptures?

 Valérie Henry, Administrative Manager CU in PCPE

Master's students in psychological sciences involved in research dissertations: Valentina Arrano Duran, Ana Avramovic, Dorothée Baveye, Martin Canon, Laura Danloy, Philippine de Moffaerts, Alice Eskénazi, Alice Eykerman, Coralie Garcia, Louis Gerbaux, Sarah Louis, Tiffany Nauts, Sylvain Spies, Damien Vandersande, Gomez Aline Woine.

Guest speakers at the PCLab

Kossigan Kokou-Kpolou, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Deuil et Cultures : Étude des facteurs de vulnérabilités associés, Jeudi 19 avril 2018
Alfonso Santarpia, Université Aix-Marseille, Les métaphores du corps entre psychothérapie, psychopathologie et psycho-oncologie, Mardi 22 mai 2018