You are being invited to participate in a research study. I am a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology at the University of East London, studying for an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a qualified and practicing therapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I am conducting research into the ways former Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) clients think about their identity as clients within those services. I am looking to involve anyone over the age of 18 who has attended at least one one-to-one psychological therapies session (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy [CBT]) via IAPT within the last 1-5 years – e.g., after being referred for CBT by your GP.

I emphasise that I am not looking for ‘experts’ on the topic I am studying. You will not be judged or personally analysed in any way, and you will be treated with respect. You are free to decide whether or not to participate.

What would your participation involve?

If you agree to participate you will be asked to take part in a semi-structured interview that will last a maximum of around an hour. Essentially, this means you and I having an informal, one-to-one conversation online, via a video call software (such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom). Your taking part will be safe and confidential. Your privacy and safety will be respected at all times.

I will not be able to pay you for participating in my research, but I am able to offer a small compensation* for time to participants who complete an interview for this study. Please look at the Participant Invitation Letter for further details and/or contact me on u1918363@uel.ac.uk if you have any further questions or are able to take part.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Angelo Brieussel.

*£10 voucher, please see Participant Invitation Letter for full details.