The practice of psychotherapy can be very rewarding for the practitioner; counsellors and psychotherapists can make positive impacts in the lives of the people they work with. However, there are also negative impacts of this job role due to the emotionally demanding and challenging environment, which can affect a therapists’ wellbeing (Elman & Forrest, 2007).

I am a qualified counsellor registered with the BACP and I am currently carrying out research as part of my dissertation for an MSc in Psychology.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2019) defines burnout as the involvement in emotionally demanding situations which can cause physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Some symptoms of burnout may include chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety due to exposure to vicarious trauma, stress, lack of social support, dealing with difficult client behaviour and lack of self-care.

Therapists are encouraged to be aware of their own well-being and self-care (BACP, 2002). The ability to manage and prevent emotional exhaustion, burnout and have a work life balance promotes a therapists health and well-being (BACP, 2019).

The aim of the research is to gain an understanding of the thoughts, feelings and experiences of qualified counsellors on the topic of self-care and burnout. I am interested in hearing from both newly qualified and experienced counsellors/psychotherapist.

A participant information sheet is available for you to read before you agree to partake in the study, and you will also be given debriefing information. If you decide to take part in this study you will be asked to participate in a 1:1 semi-structured interview (either via skype or telephone) to openly answer questions about your personal experiences, thoughts and feelings about self-care, stress and burnout. You are allowed to refuse to answer questions you don’t feel comfortable with.

You have the right to withdraw from the study and withdraw the data you have provided if you withdraw within the time-frame of 7 days from the date of the completion of the semi-structured interview, this data will then be deleted.

All data will be confidential, and the data will be coded to ensure anonymity is kept: using pseudonyms to ensure participants are not identifiable.

This study has been given ethical approval by Sheffield Hallam Ethics Committee.

Please contact me on the email address given below if you would like further information: b8044637@my.shu.ac.uk

Best Wishes,
Raghesa Shahid (Researcher)