Hello – I am a Doctoral candidate at The Metanoia Institute, on the Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies programme. Based on my personal and professional experiences I have become increasingly interested in the potential influence of a fundamentalist religious upbringing on mental health and well-being in adulthood.

For my research study, I am looking for qualified Counsellors who are willing to volunteer to share either their own personal stories of a fundamentalist religious upbringing in an Abrahamic faith (Judaism, Christianity or Islam) and/or professional experiences of working with this matter. In the interests of protecting client confidentiality the parameters around the sharing of clients’ stories will be agreed at the preliminary interview.

Partaking in the study will involve a preliminary interview, and at least one co-created unstructured interview. The researcher and participant will work as co-researchers with both sharing their stories relating to the research topic. Additionally, by agreement, creative ways of storytelling will be encouraged for example, photographs, journals, family trees, drawings or any artistically creative ways of sharing personal and professional experiences on the research topic.

It is essential that potential conflicts around dual relationships are proactively managed and therefore any past or current clients, supervisees (1-1, group or students) will not be eligible for participation.

Otherwise, if this topic is of interest to you and you would like to find out more before committing yourself to involvement in the study, please email me at: gill.harvey@metanoia.ac.uk.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this invitation and I very much look forward to hearing from you should you feel that you might be willing to contribute to my research project.

Gillian.