I am an MS student at the University of Oxford who is interested in hearing the experiences of therapists giving therapy. This will form part of my fourth year dissertation.

I want to hear stories about an experience a therapist has had with a client/patient, which was meaningful for them (the therapist) in some way.

The aim is to try to understand what effect doing therapy has on therapists. I am examining how the patient/client forms part of the internal psychic world of the therapist, after the therapy has ended. I hope to be able to examine this by listening to the way in which therapists tell me the story of their experience.

If you have had an experience of giving therapy that was particularly meaningful for you, then I would like to hear about it!

Criteria for Inclusion:

  • Qualified psychodynamic therapist working in private practice.
  • Wanting to talk about one piece of work that ended at least 6 months ago.
  • The case in mind took place in private practice and was meaningful, memorable, or had some impact on you.

What's involved?

  • One online interview over Microsoft Teams, no more than 1 hour.
  • Signing of a consent form giving consent to be audio recorded during interview.


Confidentiality and Ethics:

  • This research has been given approval by the Oxford University Departmental Ethics Committee- OUDCE C1A 22 002. All interviews take place within strict limits of confidentiality, details of which are provided in the Participant Information sheet which will be emailed to you.

Please get in touch!
Not enough is known about how therapy affects the therapist, and you could contribute valuable knowledge to this area of study.
Please contact me to get involved, or with any queries fabio.valenti@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

Thank you

Fabio