My name is Ali and I am a counsellor engaged in PhD research in the area of social justice and counselling.

My study looks at the idea Northern Irish society has historically been influenced by Christianity and today most of the population still identify as Christian. Many of our systems of power therefore provide people with a Christian background with certain advantages or privileges. These privileges are not experienced equally or in the same way; affectional orientation (identification as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning) is one important factor that might change the advantages a person with a Christian background receives. I am exploring what views and opinions counsellors have on these ideas.

If you answer yes to these questions, I would like to talk to you:

  • Were you brought up in a family/household that identified with a Christian denomination? (It is not necessary for you to identify as Christian at this point in your life)
  • Are you a counsellor, registered with a professional body, who has a minimum of 18 months post-qualifying experience? 
  • Do you identify as LGBQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning)?
  • Do you live in Northern Ireland?

Taking part will involve:

  • A written reflective exercise (approximately 350-400 words).
  • An individual interview (approximately 50-70 minutes).

What you share will be treated as confidential. Every effort will be made to make participation as convenient as possible. Taking part is entirely voluntary.

Participation will hopefully give you an opportunity to:

  • Have your voice heard on an important issue that affects many people in Northern Ireland.
  • Help improve counselling services for non-Christian and LGBQQ clients living in Northern Ireland.

If you have any questions or think you would like to take part, please contact Ali Graham by email Graham-A19@ulster.ac.uk