I am currently completing the doctoral research component of my Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy degree with the Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University and this is an invitation for you to take part in a research study.

What is the purpose of the study? Current understandings of sexual desire suggest that it is a complex experience that include biological, psychological and relational factors. At present, sexual difficulties occur in almost 40% of women - the most common of which is a loss of interest in sex.
Sex therapy is one of the treatments options for diminished sexual interest and I am interested in hearing about your experience in order to improve understandings of female sexual desire disorder and in doing so contribute toward improving psychotherapy services for women.

Why have I been chosen? The reason you have been chosen for this study is because you have worked with the sensate focus tasks in sex therapy and we are interested in discussing your experience and how it contributed to your understandings and experience of your sexual difficulties. We are looking for five participants, who would agree to two consecutive interviews, probably a month apart - the first being a minimum of 90 minutes, the second, a minimum of 120 minutes to discuss their experience. The research interview/s will take place between June and December 2019

What will happen to me if I do take part? If you do decide to take part, you will be invited to two separate interviews. In the first interview, you will be invited to discuss your experience of sex therapy in relation to the sensate focus tasks. And the second interview will be an opportunity to listen to what you said at the first interview and comment on your thoughts from the first interview. Both sessions will be recorded, transcribed and stored on a Mac Computer system that is password protected.

What do I have to do? You will be asked to talk about your experience of therapy and the format of our discussion will follow that of an unstructured conversation or discussion. There are no specific questions that need answering. The first interview should take no more than 90 minutes but it will depend on the amount of time you need to tell your story. The second interview will involve listening and looking through the transcripts of our first interview and sharing our thoughts from the previous session.
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All the information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential. Any information about you will have your name and address removed so that you cannot be recognised from it.

What will happen to the research study? The results of this study will be published as part of a postgraduate dissertation that should be completed by Oct 2020. Parts of the work may also be used in articles that will be submitted to relevant journals. You however, will not be identifiable in the work or in any publication.

Who has reviewed the study?
The study has been reviewed and approved by the Metanoia Research Ethics Committee.

I can be contacted directly at michele.mcculley@metanoia.ac.uk.

Thank you.
Michele McCulley