Participants needed for research in the phenomenon of goosetingles in clinical work

What is the purpose of the research?

The purpose of this research is to explore the phenomenon of goosetingles in clinical work. The use of the term goosetingles is to distinguish it from responses to being cold. This phenomenon is an experience of waves of tingling energy running across the skin and can be followed by feelings of buoyancy or exhilaration.

The purpose of exploring this phenomenon in clinical work is to describe in detail the clinical situations in which it arises and the therapists’ processes of sense-making and meaning-making in relation to its emergence. This project will contribute to our understanding of how phenomenologically trained therapists respond to goosetingle experiences in therapy, what it means to them and the therapeutic alliance. It will begin to provide language for this phenomenon  in psychotherapy and offer a starting point around which further research can take place. The research is in partial fulfilment of an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC), accredited by Middlesex University.  

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you choose to take part in the research, you will be contacted to ensure you meet the criteria and arrange a suitable time and date for the interview. You will be asked to attend a semi-structured interview. The interview will be centred on your experience of goosetingles in clinical work. The interview will take place over Zoom and last approximately 1 hour. Before the interview, we will go through the consent form to make sure you have understood the details of the study and your participation in it.  You can withdraw your consent up until the point that the researcher begins analysing interview transcripts. After this period, you will no longer be able to withdraw. At the end of the interview you will debriefed and given the opportunity to ask questions.  You will be given contact details in case you need to contact me or my supervisor in case you have any concerns or wish to make a complaint.  You will also be given a list of support services to take away in the event that you need support following the interview.

What are the possible advantages of taking part?

You will be helping to create a nascent literature about the experience of goosetingles in psychotherapy. This has the potential to create greater transparency around the embodied experiences of therapists in practice and provide some preliminary evidence as to what this phenomenon means in the context of a therapeutic relationship. The space to explore, reflect-on and make sense of these clinical experiences may also prove beneficial to you and your ongoing professional development. 

If interested, please contact Ben Thornhill