The purpose of my study is to explore counsellors’ perceptions of helpful and unhelpful factors in facilitating therapeutic change within the context of social justice approach.

My name is Natalie and I am a Level 6 student completing my BSc in Integrative Counselling at the University of East London.

I am conducting my dissertation research in the tradition of Change Process Research (CPR), the qualitative inquiry of how change occurs in therapy, in particular how in-therapy processes bring about client change. As a complement to Randomized Clinical Trials (RCT) that focuses narrowly on establishing the existence of a causal relationship between the therapy and client change, the CPR aims to specify the nature of that relationship.

The aim is to gain a better understanding of the processes that occur during therapeutic sessions with marginalized client groups which could help therapists to enhance their skills and techniques that may increase the clients’ experience of positive change. You will be asked what these changes might be attributed to, recalling your own experiences and perceptions while working therapeutically with the marginalized groups.

This is a qualitative investigative study that will use thematic analysis informed by phenomenological-hermeneutic epistemology. It will utilise open-ended semi-structured interviews (50-60 min) that will take place online via a secure platform Microsoft Teams.

I am currently looking for both fully qualified registered/accredited UK counsellors and psychotherapists and trainees who have at least a 6 months’ experience of working therapeutically with diverse clients in the counselling services within the third sector organisations. There are no demographic or modality specifications in regards to participation, the only pre-requisite is that the participants work within the third sector counselling agencies with marginalized groups subjected to multiple discrimination and oppression due to social exclusion on the grounds of differences in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education or because of mental health difficulties, learning disabilities or experience of sexual abuse.

There are no right or wrong answers- I am interested in the range of opinions and experiences. I am happy to share the interview questions in advance, if that’s your preference.

If you are interested in taking part in my research project and/or would like to know more,
Please contact me on my email:

Thank you for taking time to read this, I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Natalie Senkova.