As a registered counsellor and an older person I noticed that older people were under represented in my practice so I undertook a research MA at the University of East London to enquire into this in more depth.

I am looking for participants who would like to share their experiences of counselling in a one-to-one semi-structured interview lasting approximately one hour to one and a half hours.

The participants I am looking for are older people aged 60 + who have had counselling within the last five years. This study has been given ethical approval by University of East London Ethics Committee.

My research study is it is concerned with the lived experience of the participants. The research will explore how older people feel about their counselling experience and it is intended that it will contribute to the development of more access to individually tailored psychological provision for older people as well as perhaps stimulating more interest in clinicians to work with this population. This study acknowledges the evidence in the literature that suggests unconscious age bias may exist in this area.

I am looking for participants who:

  • Are over 60 years old
  • Have had counselling in the last 5 years
  • Are sufficiently grounded to talk safely about their experience
  • Are not receiving counselling at the present time
  • Preferably they will be within easy access of London

If you are interested in participating, please contact me on: u1735269@uel.ac.uk

Thank you

Rosemary.