How do Integrative psychotherapists, in the early stages of therapy, work with clients who present with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?

I am seeking participants for a grounded theory research project that will aim to explore your work with clients who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

This research project will form my dissertation for my final year of study of my MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI).

This study will be conducted within the SPTI Ethical Guidelines for Counselling Research and Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical guidelines for researching counselling and psychotherapy (both available on request) at all times and will be monitored and supervised by my course tutors and programme director within SPTI.

What will happen?
Being a research participant within this study will require you to undertake a 1:1 interview with myself, the researcher. As the interviews are later transcribed and analysed by myself, there may be further contact from me to clarify or explore further any emerging themes. This could include additional recorded interviews or communication and discussion by email.

Interviews will take place either at my private practice in Nottingham city centre, or another suitable location mutually agreed between us. Alternatively, interviews can be held online using video conferencing software.

At the interview
I will be asking you about your work with clients who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, and in particular, focusing on the early stages of therapy. You may find it useful to consider the following areas beforehand:

  • How do you conceptualise the Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis?
  • What theories inform your conceptualisation?
  • Do you share any part of this with your client, and if so, how?
  • How does this then shape the therapy or any specific interventions?
  • What do you think are the benefits of reformulating the diagnosis in this way?
  • Does this process differ from your work with other clients?

Time commitment
The research project will require you to attend one interview of approximately 1 hour in duration. There may be further contact from me following this to clarify or explore further the emerging themes of the research. This could include an additional recorded interview or discussions by email.

Costs and reimbursement
Your participation in this study is voluntary, and no expenses or other costs incurred by you can be reimbursed.

About the researcher
I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist (membership 695455, register 57060) working in private practice, undertaking this MSc Integrative Psychotherapy for my continuing professional development.

Further information
Please get in touch if you would like to take part or have any other questions at

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Thank you