NHS Cyprus
About me


Research profile: Since 1993 my research activities focused on: 1. Body image phenomenology in mental illnesses, two new projects currently in planning stage; 2. Evaluation of Body psychotherapy for severe mental illness; two projects currently under way 3. Evaluation of other innovative treatments: e.g.Ego-Consolidation Module for acute psychosis; 4. Transcultural  variety of ego-psychopathology  in schizophrenia; 5. Self harm and service provision.                                                                       

With several publications and through ongoing research activities I am currently one of the leading researchers in the international field of Body Image Phenomenology and Body Psychotherapy in Mental Illness; my book publication on body-psychotherapy (2000) is the first textbook covering the innovative field of body-oriented psychotherapy in psychiatry. Subsequently, I developed and evaluated treatment manuals for novel psycho-therapeutic intervention strategies in anorexia nervosa and somatoform disorders and for patients suffering from chronic schizophrenia with marked and dominating negative symptoms. This approach is now recognized by NICE/UK as treatment of choice for negative symptoms in schizophrenia (NICE schizophrenia update, March 2009)  Another novel psychological intervention strategy has been developed by myself in cooperation with Prof. Scharfetter (Switzerland) and is evaluated for treatment of acute schizophrenia patients. Other projects: Transcultural variety of ego-pathology; neuropsychological base of cenesthopathic schizophrenia, Self-harm and long-term outcomes.                                                                         

International and national research collaboration (1995 to date):      
Cooperation with Professor Stefan Priebe (up to1997 Free University of Berlin, since then Chair Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry at Bart’s/Queen Mary University of London, WHO collaboration site): projects involving research on body image phenomenology, evaluation of body psychotherapy,importance of religious and spiritual beliefs for pathology in psychosis and also service development/evaluation (e.g. Day Hospital)    
Cooperation with Professor Christian Scharfetter, University Clinic of Psychiatry, Zürich / Switzerland: Projects involving novel psychological intervention strategy in schizophrenia (ego-consolidation modules); prevalence of ego-psychopathology
Professor Peter Joraschky, Head of Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Dresden / Germany and Professor Peter Henningsen, Head of Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Munich / Germany; PD Dr Claas Lahmann : multi-centre-trial,evaluating manualised body psychotherapy in somatoform disorders    
Professor Thomas Loew, Head of Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Regensburg: body image phenomenology and BPT (reviews)    
Professor Hedda Lausberg, Head of Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Cologne: project on movement analysis and non-verbal interaction in psychosis   
Professor David Winter, University of Hertfordshire: Processes in body oriented psychological therapy for schizophrenia (Repertory-Grid analysis)   
Professor Jürgen Seewald and Professor Ulfried Geuter, University of Marburg / Germany: Qualitative research methods in psychotherapy research                                                                                                                                              Professor Richard Bentall, University of Liverpool & Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, University of Chieti/Italy: Abnormal bodily sensations and disturbed self-experiences in the at-risk and prodromal stages of psychosis 
Professor Renos Papadopoulos (CPS, University of Essex): Fostering resilience, social inclusion and prevention of health problems amongst refugees
Professor Shaun Gallagher (USA) and Professor Daniel Hutto (Australia): Embodiment and Enactivism, application in the context of body psychotherapy        
Research Grants:     
- Randomised controlled trial on body psychotherapy in schizophrenia patients with negative symptoms: Terpsichore Trust: £7.500 (2007)    
- Multi-Centre pilot trial for the evaluation of manulised body psychotherapy in somatoform disorders: German Association of Body Psychotherapy: €30.000 (Lead applicant, 2008)    
- Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia – A multi-centre randomised controlled trial, NESS: £ 1.4 million (Co-applicant, 2010)    
- Body psychotherapy in chronic depression: German Association of Body Psychotherapy: €10.000 (Lead applicant,2010)                                                                                                                                                  - NIHR Resesarch for Patient Benefit and SHINE Trust: re “Innovative engagement and treatment programme for patients with medically unexplained symptoms in Primar Care”: £75000 (lead applicant, pilot will start in Sept 2014)

Grants currently applied for:
1. NIHR Resesarch for Patient Benefit re “Mindfulness meditation using a smart-phone application for women with chronic pelvic pain”

2. NIHR Resesarch for Patient Benefit re “The role of negative affect in the pathogenesis and maintenance of delusional beliefs: implications for management and treatment of those at high risk for violence”



Reviewer activities:     
Conducting peer reviews for several journals including (amongst others) “Journal of Mental Health”, “ISRN Psychiatry “ and other Hindawi online journals, “Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy”, “The Psychiatrist”, European Psychiatry”, “Comprehensive Psychiatry”, “Psychiatric Bulletin/Psychiatrist", American Psychology Association,  “European Psychology”, "Body Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy”, “Cyprus Health”, “Frontiers in Cognition”, “Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie”. 

Member of International Advisory Board of International Body Psychotherapy Journal and Cyprus Health Journal

Peer reviews for research grants (e.g. Raine Medical Research Foundation, University of Western Australia and ZonMv- The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development)

Reviewer for NHS National Institute of Health Research / UK

Body psychotherapy for the treatment of severe mental disorders.pdf

BPT and Embodied cognition.pdf

Clinical Roundup Anxiety Treatment-ACT-2014.pdf

Clinical Roundup Depression Treatment-ACT-2014.pdf


An investigation into processes in BPT for depression.pdf

BPT-RCT in chronic depression-JAD.pdf

Psychiatric Bulletin-2014-Röhricht-BPT for MUS.pdf

BOPT State of the Art.pdf

Dancing down memory lane - pilot study.pdf

MUS masking schizophrenia - case series FR et al 2010.pdf

KPT bei somatoformen Stoerungen.pdf

Therapeutic processes and outcomes of BPT in schizophrenia - open trial.pdf

Leibgedachtnis und Koerper-Ich Psychologie Oesttereich.pdf



Leibgedachtnis und Koerper-Ich Psychologie Oesttereich.pdf



Systematisierungsansaetze Klinische KPT FR 2002.pdf


Do cenesthesias.pdf

Ego-pathology and common symptom.pdf

From cenesthesias to cenesthopathic schizophrenia - a review.pdf

Specific body image pathology.pdf

Religiosity, spirituality and ego-pathology in schizophrenia (2).pdf

Lahmann 2009 Functional Relaxation and Guided Imagery as Complementary Therapy in Asthma.pdf

Lahmann 2010 Functional Relaxation as Complementary Therapy in IBS.pdf


Body oriented psychotherapy-state of the art-BMPD-2009.pdf

Therapeutic processes and outcomes of BPT in schizophrenia - open trial.pdf

Body image and mammoplasty.pdf

Dancing down memory lane - pilot study.pdf


List of publications    1.1.  Peer reviewed Journals (published), impact factor listed

Bröker, M.,Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S. (1995) Initial assessment of hospital treatment by patients with paranoid schizophrenia: A predictor of outcome. Psychiatry Research 58, 77-81. IF 1.473

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S.(1996) Body image in patients with acute paranoid schizophrenia. A longitudinal study. Nervenarzt 67, 602-607. in German
 IF 0.557

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S.(1997) Disturbances of body experience in schizophrenic patients. A review.Fortschritte Neurologie Psychiatrie 65, 323-336. in German 
IF 0.670

Röhricht, F. & Mackert,A. (1998) Schizophrenia simplex, schizotypal disorder and compulsion –differential diagnostic considerations. Psychiatrische Praxis 25, 44-46. in German  
IF 2.149

Priebe, S. & Röhricht, F.(2001) Specific body image pathology in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research 101,289-301.
IF 1.775

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S.(2002) Do cenesthesias and body image aberration characterise a subgroup in schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 105, 276-282.
IF 2.107

Röhricht, F. Beyer, W. &Priebe, S. (2002) Disturbances of body experiences in acute Anxiety and Depressive Disorders – Neuroticism or Somatization?
Psychotherapie PsychosomatikMedizinische Psychologie 52, 205-213. in German IF 1.043

Röhricht,F. (2002) Klinische Körperpsychotherapie – Systematisierungsansätze
und Standortbestimmung. [Clinical Body Psychotherapy – State of the art]. Praxis Klinische Verhaltenstherapie und Rehabilitation 59, 182-189. in German

Röhricht,F. & Priebe, S. (2004) Ego-pathology and common symptom factors in schizophrenia- new data on an old concept.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 192, 446-449. IF 1.457

Röhricht, F., Seidler, KP., Joraschky, P., Borkenhagen, A., Lausberg,H., Lemche, E., Loew, T., Porsch, U., Schreiber-Willnow, K., Tritt, K. (2005) Consensus paper on the terminological differentiation of various aspect of body experience. Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie 55, 183-90. in  German
IF 1.043

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S. (2006) Effect of body oriented psychological therapy on negative symptoms inschizophrenia: a randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine 36,669-678.
IF 3.119

Loew, T., Tritt, K., Lahmann, C.& Röhricht, F. (2006) Body psychotherapy – scientifically proved? Anoverview of empirically evaluated body oriented psychological therapies.Psychodynamische Psychotherapie 5, 6-19. in German

RöhrichtF. (2006) Editorial: Körperpsychotherapie im Wandel – vom Erfahrungswissen zur Wissenschaft.
Psychodynamische Psychotherapie 5,1-5. in German

Borkenhagen A., Röhricht F., Preis S., Schneider .W  & Brähler E., &.
(2007) Changes in Body Image and Health-Related Quality of Life Following Breast Reduction Surgery in German Macromastia Patients: a new tool for measuring body image changes.  Annals of Plastic Surgery 58,364-370. IF0.520

Jenkins, G. & Röhricht, F.(2007) From cenesthesias to cenesthopathic schizophrenia: a historical and phenomenological review. Psychopathology 40, 361-368.
IF 0.469

Röhricht, F., Priebe, S. &Papadopoulos, N.
Ego-pathology, body (self) experience and body psychotherapy in chronic schizophrenia. (2009) Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 82, 19-30. IF 0.61

Lahmann, C., Witt, S., Schuster, T., Sauer, N., Ronel, J., Noll-Hussong, M., Nickel, M.,Tritt, K., Nowak, D., Röhricht, F. & Loew, T. (2009) Functional Relaxation and Hypnotherapeutic Intervention as Complementary Therapy in Asthma: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 78, 233–239
. IF 5.02

Röhricht, F., Suzuki, I.,Basdekis-Jozsa, R., Sidhu, J., Mukhtar, A. & Priebe, S. (2009) Theassociation of religiosity, spirituality and ethnic background withego-pathology in acute schizophrenia. Mental Health Religion and Culture
12, 515 – 526.

Röhricht, F. (2009) Body oriented psychotherapy – the state of the
art in empirical research and evidence based practice: a clinical perspective. Body,Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice Vol. 4, 135–156.

Lahmann, C.,Röhricht, F., Sauer, N., Ronel, J., Noll-Hussong, M., Henrich, G., Nickel, M.,Tritt, K. & Loew, T. (2010) Functional relaxation as complementary therapy in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 16, 47-52.
IF 1.4

Röhricht, F. & Gudi, A. (2010) Medically unexplained physical symptoms masking (cenesthopathic) schizophrenia: A case series. Journal of Psychiatric Practice 16, 258-264. IF 1.9

Röhricht, F. (2011)
Das theoretische Modell und die therapeutischen Prinzipien/Mechanismen einer integrativen Körperpsychotherapie bei somatoformen Störungen [The theoretical model and the the therapeutic principles of integrative body psychotherapy in the treatment of somatoform disorder]. Psychotherapie Wissenschaft 1, 5-13.

Röhricht, F.,Papadopoulos, N., Holden, S., Clarke, T. Priebe, S. (2011) Clinical effectiveness and therapeutic processes of body psychotherapy in chronic schizophrenia – an open clinical trial. Arts in Psychotherapy 38, 196-203. IF 0.6

Hammill, M., Smith, L. & Röhricht, F. (2012) ‚Dancing down memory lane’: Circle Dancing as a Psychotherapeutic intervention in Dementia – A pilot study. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. September 13, online first publication. 11, 709-724.

Röhricht, F. (
2011) Leibgedächtnis und Körper-Ich: zweizentrale Bezugspunkte in der störungsspezifischen körperorientiertenPsychotherapie. Psychologie in Österreich 4, 239-248.
Röhricht,F., Gadhia, S., Alam, R. & Willis, M. (2012) Clinical outcomes after introducing off-licence prescribing of atypical antipsychotic Melperone in a mental health trust. The Scientific World Journal. 512047. Epub 2012 Apr 1    
Priebe, S., Savill, M., Reininghaus, U., Wykes, T., Bentall, R., Lauber, C. McCrone, P., Röhricht, F., & Eldridge, S. (2013) Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of body psychotherapy in the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia – a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry 2013, 13:26.

Röhricht, F., Papadopoulos, N., &  Priebe, S. (2013) An exploratory randomized controlled trial of body psychotherapy for patients with chronic depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 151, 85–91. IF 3.5

Papadopoulos, N. & Röhricht, F. (2013) An investigation into the application and processes of manualised body psychotherapy for depressive disorder in a clinical trial. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17432979.2013.847499

Röhricht, F., Gerken, S., Stupiggia, M. & Valstar, J. (2013) Body Psychotherapy. Clinical Roundup Selected Treatment Options for Anxiety. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 19, 340.

Röhricht, F. & Elanjithara, Th. (2014) Management of medically unexplained symptoms:outcomes of a specialist liaison clinic. Psychiatric Bulletin, 1-6, DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.112.040733

Röhricht, F., Butler, S., Gerken, S., Grassmann, H., Valstar, J. & Young, C. (2014) Body Psychotherapy. Clinical Roundup Selected Treatment Options for Depression. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 20(1), 52-59.

 Röhricht, F., Gallagher, S., Geuter, U. & Hutto, DD.: (2014) Embodied cognition and body psychotherapy: the construction of new therapeutic environments. SENSORIA — A journal of mind, brain, and culture, 10, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7790/sa.v10i1.389