I am a final year undergraduate student at the University of Warwick and am undertaking research into counsellors and psychotherapists experiences of ‘presence’ in the therapeutic relationship. I am seeking qualified, person-centred counsellors and psychotherapists who are currently in practice and are registered / accredited with a professional body.

The aim of the study is to explore therapist’s understanding of therapeutic presence, experiences of presence and non-presence, the development of presence in practice, and the impact of presence on the therapeutic relationship. If you decide to take part in the research study, you will be invited to a one-to-one interview session via Microsoft Teams, in which you will be asked a series of questions around this topic. The interview will take around an hour to complete and will be audio / video recorded.

Although Carl Rogers identified ‘presence’ as a previously overlooked source of change and healing within the therapeutic relationship, there is a lack of research into this phenomenon. Therefore, participating in this study is likely to be beneficial to the counselling and psychotherapy community and may lead to the development of future research and / or impact on the training of therapists. Participation may also be of benefit to individual therapists, as they explore their own relationship with therapeutic 'presence' and the impact of this on their practice. This research project has been granted ethical approval by the University of Warwick. I am hoping to conduct research interviews in Jan-Feb 2021.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like more information, please contact me directly: Rachel O’Hanlon:


Please see attached Participant Information Sheet for full details.

Thank you,