I am a trainee therapist undertaking some research in my final year of the Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy MA programme, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

You are being invited to consider taking part in my research, the purpose of which is to explore the influence of faith on the work of therapists who identify as Christian. There has been limited research in this area to date.

This study involves one to one interviews lasting 60 to 90 minutes and will explore how your faith impacts on your work, your experience of working with clients presenting with religious issues as well as how you manage and experience issues around self-disclosure relating to your faith. Additionally, it will explore the tensions and similarities between your faith and work and whether or not issues pertaining to faith were addressed to any extent on your training course. I hope the findings of this study will help inform future training and research to ensure experience of clients presenting with faith or religious basis issues are met with empathy and acceptance.

The interview will be recorded and transcribed and all data will be anonymized and confidential. This study has been given ethical approval by the University of Roehampton Ethics Committee.

To take part in this study you need to be a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist with three years post qualifying experience, who identifies as holding a Christian faith, and who engages in personal devotional practices as well as belonging to some form of Christian community. As a Christian trainee therapist myself I am sensitive to the above issues and will treat any disclosures with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

If you would like to take part or have any questions about participating that you would like to chat about, please contact me, Deborah Knowles, at knowlesd1@roehampton.ac.uk.

Many thanks for reading.
Deborah Knowles