An exploration of the use of reflective practice for a counsellor/psychotherapist working with adults in private practice in 2024

My name is Saira and I am currently a student at Guildford College studying for the final year of a BSc (Hons). As part of the course, I am carrying out an empirical piece of research and am looking for participants to take part.

I’ll be using a grounded theory approach which will entail an up to sixty-minute online interview and open questions. I’m interested in your experience and may use a loose framework of questions to gain a holistic view. Current literature seems to split the therapist experience into separate ‘parts’ and I’m interested in bringing these parts together.

There are some requirements for the research, you will need to:

o Be a (BACP recognised, or equivalent) qualified therapist in private practice with a minimum experience of three years.

o While you may occupy different roles (such as supervision), private practice in this instance needs to be the majority role – 60% or more.

o Receive supervision in line with the recommended BACP requirement.

o Have a minimum of 450 counselling hours experience.

o Currently be working with a minimum of six adult clients a week, on a one-to-one basis.

There is no specified modality, and I welcome participants of any age and gender.

I will be working within the BACP Ethical Guidelines for Research in the Counselling Professions (2019), am insured and will be ensuring your confidentiality by anonymising all data and by giving all participants a reference number. All data will be stored digitally, in accordance with GDPR guidelines, in password protected files on a password protected device. You will have the right to withdraw up until June 2024 and a summary of findings will be available to you upon request.

If you are interested, please contact me (via email). I will follow up with an email containing a participant information form, a consent form and a potential schedule of interview dates and times. Every effort will be made to fit around your availability.

Thank you for your consideration.


Saira Keevill-Thomas

Supervising tutor: Georgina Hamilton