Dear Invitee,

My name is Emma Engstrom. I am a master’s student at the University of Derby currently on the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Course. I am kindly requesting your participation in my research project.

Research Title: Grounded theory: A qualitative, semi-structured interview exploring how Integrative Psychotherapists work with positive body image (PBI) with their clients.

Research Question: How do Integrative Psychotherapists and Counsellors work with positive body image with their clients?

The aims of the study are outlined below:

1. To understand how Integrative Psychotherapists and Counsellors use PBI through interviews.

2. Develop a model of practice for Integrative Practitioners within the modalities of Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Attachment Theory.

I am looking to interview Integrative Psychotherapists or Counsellors about their experience of working with Body Image or promoting Positive Body Image. Interviews will be 60-90 minutes long in duration and will take place online via Microsoft Teams.

Participants will be Integrative Psychotherapists or Counsellors, over the age of 21, who have experience of working with Body Image or promoting Positive Body Image. They will be trained in one or all, but not limited to, the following modalities;

• Person-Centred Approach (PCA) (Rogers, 1957)

• Attachment Theory (AT) (Bowlby, 1969)

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Beck 1976)

Participation is completely voluntary; if you are interested and meet the above criteria then please contact Emma Engstrom on who will provide further information (in the form of a participant information sheet (PIS)). The research supervisor for this project is Timothy Dalton. (, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.)

If you would like to take part in this study, please ensure you read the information sheet to help you to answer any questions that may come up for you. Then you will need to agree and sign the participant consent form.

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through the University of Derby.

Thank you for giving your time and participating in this research.

Kind regards,

Emma Engstrom