My name is Ben, a qualified therapist, studying my D.Psych in counselling psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. As part of my doctoral thesis, I am conducting a piece of research looking at how ‘Black’ (men of colour) UK qualified therapists who are gay, bisexual or men who have sex with other men (GBMSM) have experienced these twin inter-sectional identities within vocational and organisational settings in their life.

As a Black gay-identified man who has worked as a therapist for 17 years and experienced these issues first-hand. I am really keen to learn about other men’s experiences through this research project, which aims to assist anti-discriminatory practice.

The study is aimed towards counsellors who identify as being either Black British, Black Caribbean, Black African or Black other, who have completed counselling training to at least diploma (level 4) level. You would be currently working in an organisation with other counselling psychologists/therapists or have done so in the past.

I’d like to conduct a 1 to 1 interview with you at a time and location convenient to you using Zoom, Skype, telephone or internet video calling (e.g. WhatsApp) The interviews will be about 60 minutes. Interviews will be recorded, transcribed by me and anonymised with the recordings destroyed once the transcriptions are checked. Only myself and my two supervisors will see the transcripts so the whole process is confidential.

The study has been approved by the Research Ethics Review Panel at Glasgow Caledonian University and will be conducted in accordance with the ethical guidelines provided by the British Psychological Society.

I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like further information or to get involved, please email me on: bampon200@caledonian.ac.uk

Thank you

Ben.