I am looking for experienced counsellors/psychotherapists (of any theoretical orientation), who are interested in the spiritual/ trans-personal aspects of therapeutic work, and who have a Christian contemplative practice in their personal lives. I would like to explore these therapists’ experiences of presence in the therapeutic relationship and how they make sense of their experiences.

This is part of a PhD research project that I am undertaking at the University of Chester. Through this research, I am hoping to better understand the transpersonal/spiritual dimension of therapeutic presence, and how a Christian contemplative perspective might contribute towards that understanding. I also hope to gain insights that can inform counselling practice and counselling training in general.

Are you a Counsellor or Psychotherapist who is currently in practice, or who has been out of practice for less than 2 years? Do you have UKCP, BACP, BPC, or equivalent professional registration/accreditation, and a minimum of 5 years practice experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist? Have you been informed by a regular Christian contemplative/meditative practice in your personal life for more than 5 years? Do you consider ‘presence’ to be an important dimension in your therapeutic practice? Are you sufficiently fluent in spoken and written English to be able to engage with the research?
I would be very interested in hearing from you!

This qualitative research project requires one interview with each participant. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, I plan to conduct online interviews via zoom at the first interview stage. Depending on how the current situation develops, I may consider face-to-face interviews at a second stage of interviewing. In that case, travel would not be necessary, I would come to you, if at all possible.

If you are interested in participating, and/or you would like further information, please, contact me at: 1915693@chester.ac.uk

Thank you for your interest.

Birgit Ewald.