I am currently studying for an MSc in Counselling and as part of this I must carry out a research study. I want to understand how working with a traumatised client can lead a counsellor into feeling secondarily traumatised (being traumatised by someone else’s trauma).

I am currently recruiting participants and the following information is provided to help you decide whether or not you would like to take part in the study. Please take the time to read through this information and feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding it.

I am interested in your experiences of counselling with trauma clients and how has it has affected your work with them and yourself outside of work.

The aim of this research is to gain an in-depth insight into the role that empathy plays in secondary traumatisation. It is important to study this area because therapists are the healers, helpers and are often the only dependable source a client has. It is very important to safeguard the mental health of these professionals for them to be able to help those who need them.

Findings from this research can open new doors for more research on the prevention of secondary traumatisation in therapists. It can be a tool to spread more awareness within therapists to talk about their secondary trauma and get the help that they should be getting.

If you agree to take part in this study, it will involve signing a consent form and being interviewed by me at a time and place that will be negotiated between us. The interview can be held at your place of work or another venue such as University of Northampton, a café or a private place where we can have a conversation. The interview will be semi-structured. It can take anything from 50 minutes to an hour of your time and will be recorded.

I will send the questions to you before the interview via email. With your consent the interview will be audio recorded and will be transcribed by myself for the purposes of analysis.

What do I need to know about contributing to this research?

  • participation in this research is completely voluntary
  • participant must not have had a traumatic experience in the last six months
  • you may withdraw from the research up to two weeks after the interview without having to give an explanation
  • if you would like to withdraw please contact the researcher – fatmah.qayum17@my.northampton.ac.uk

This research has full ethical approval from the university of Northampton Faculty of Health and Society research ethics committee.

Thank you

Fatmah