I am a PhD student conducting qualitative research investigating how helpful counselling is for university students experiencing mental health difficulties. I am looking for university students who would be willing to share and explore their personal experiences of what they find helpful in counselling.

Would you like to participate in this research?

These are the criteria I am looking for:

  • You are a University student, adult (18 and over)
  • You have experienced mental health difficulties
  • You had counselling at the University’s Counselling Services, or in ongoing therapy but have completed a substantial amount of therapeutic work (middle of therapy or working towards the ending). If you have just started therapy you do not meet the requirements for this project
  • Sufficiently fluent in English.

This study will add to our knowledge and understanding of how beneficial counselling is for university students experiencing mental health difficulties, as well as related topics, in the context of psychotherapy practice, and will be valuable in future practice and training. Your participation will be greatly appreciated, and it will help to contribute to much-needed counselling research on an important topic.

Interviews will be conducted and recorded via Zoom and will last approximately one hour. They will be arranged at a conveniently mutual time. All information will be anonymised and confidential.

The study will comply with the care and confidentiality requirements of BACP and the University of Bolton’s standards of ethical research. Ethical approval has been granted for this research project from the University of Bolton, University Research Ethics Committee (UREC).

If you are interested in taking part in this research, I can send you the participant involvement information so that you have more information about the process and what to expect from participating.

Please contact me by email at op1res@bolton.ac.uk

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Olga Papadopoulou
PhD student, University of Bolton