It is very important that clients are able to explore racial issues and that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) clients are able to access and receive a supportive counselling environment. With the recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ media coverage and the October 2020 issue of ‘Therapy Today’ themed around race, there is a growing importance placed on acknowledging white privilege in counselling, in the UK. There is current emphasis placed on white privilege training and awareness within the counselling profession. I intend to explore what impact the conversation around white privilege is having on white counsellors.

I would be extremely grateful for your help to answer my research question “How might the language around white privilege undermine white counsellors’ confidence in their ability to be with their black clients?”

If you are interested in my research you will be invited to a confidential interview via zoom that will last no longer than one hour. The interview will be audio-recorded. The interview will be semi-structured so I will have some pre-prepared questions but there is opportunity for some organic discussion too.

To take part you must:

  • Be a qualified or student counsellor with a BACP membership
  • Be white
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have undergone some training in white privilege, which has adversely affected your confidence in your ability to work with black clients.
  • Are able to speak and read English fluently
  • Have access to zoom.

If have any questions about the research, or you are interested in taking part and meet the above criteria, please contact me via email at

This research has been granted ethical approval by The Department of Social and Political Science Ethics Committee at The University of Chester. This research is part of my Master’s in Clinical Counselling at the University of Chester.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Holly Marsh.