My MA dissertation research is aiming to explore psychotherapists’ lived experience of agape love in the therapeutic relationship.

What is agape love?
The Ancient Greeks differentiated six different types of love. My research focuses on agape love which is an unconditional and universal love that transcends all humans regardless of difference. The essence of agape love is empathetic, benevolent, selfless and humble. Agape encompasses the modern concept of altruism, defined as unselfish concern for the welfare of others.

I am interested in hearing from participants who are qualified and practising psychotherapists, registered with either the BACP or UKCP, who have experienced agape love in their therapeutic relationships.

Your participation would take the form of face-to-face recorded interviews and would last approximately one hour. Interviews will take place at a quiet location of your convenience. Your details and data will be anonymised and held securely, according to the ethical guidelines set out by BACP.

This research has been approved by the Minster Centre Research Ethics Committee. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me, Emma Howell, via e-mail: If you know of anyone who you think may be interested, please forward this advert.

Thank you