Participants needed for research into employee’s experience of workplace counselling, in-house or EAP.

Aims

The purpose of this study is to investigate the experiences of employees who received work-related counselling, which will be investigated through the four dimensions of existence (Van Deurzen, 1997, p.136).

My aim is to go deep into the stories of each of my participants, to get to the core of the experience, so we can discover new ways of understanding this phenomenon of counselling in the workplace. Following the discovery of minimal information, qualitative research, and none from an existential or four worlds perspective about employee experiences, this study will attempt to add to the knowledge carried out to close the knowledge gap indicated by McLeod (2010) in his systematic review of workplace counselling research.

This research is being conducted as part of my doctorate (Dprof) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling a joint programme for Middlesex University, and has been approved by the Ethics Committee.

Participants

I would like to hear from in-house or EAP services who can help me reach employees who have:

  • RECEIVED COUNSELLING THROUGH WORK (NOT COACHING)
  • Are over 18.
  • 6 months have passed since their final session, and it wasn't more than 2 years ago.
  • Enter counselling voluntarily.
  • Completed all the sessions offered.

Location

Participation will involve taking part in a confidential, recorded, semi-structured interview with the researcher lasting approximately 60-90 minutes via Zoom

This project is completely independent of any employer or organisation and ALL DATA COLLECTED INCLUDING PARTICIPANTS IDENTITY AND THE IDENTITY OF THE WORKPLACE WILL BE ANONYMISED AND ANYONE BEYOND THE RESEARCHER WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THIS IDENTITY

If you are interested in participating or are a service manager and you would be interested in helping with client recruitment in order better the future development of workplace counselling, please contact Belinda Donn at bd373@live.mdx.ac.uk

Alternatively, if you have questions about the research please contact the myself or the research supervisor, Claire Arnold Baker at claire@nspc.org.uk