My name is Andrew Rutherford and I am a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies at the Metanoia Institute in London. I am researching how psychologists and psychotherapists relate to their psychotherapy clients outside the therapeutic hour and would like you to consider joining me to discuss your experience of this phenomenon.

What is the purpose of the study? The literature on the therapeutic relationship provides a rich account of the process of relationship as it occurs when the client and therapist are together during the therapy session. However, there is little research evidence on the therapist’s experience of the therapeutic relationship as it occurs between sessions, that is, how the therapist continues to be affected by the therapeutic relationship outside the therapeutic hour, and how this influences therapy with the client.

Who is eligible to participate? I am approaching psychologists and psychotherapists who practice integrative-relational psychotherapy and, in the past twelve months, have been affected by a client or clients between therapy sessions in a way that has influenced the therapeutic relationship. Eligible participants will be available to meet with me for two in-depth discussions about eight weeks apart starting February or March 2018.

Further information about the study and participation can be found on the Participant Information Sheet.

This study has been approved by the Metanoia Institute Research Ethics Committee and is supervised by Dr Patricia Moran (

If you would like to take part in this research or have any questions about what it will involve please email me at

I would be grateful if you could forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in exploring their experience with me.

Thank you