I am a Masters Counselling student at Northampton University who is conducting a study about the above topic for my dissertation. I am seeking participants to confidentially express their experiences of this subject in a 60-minute interview that will be done online using a confidential platform. In particular, participants would be qualified with BACP or UKCP membership and have three years of experience of doing face to face counselling, before they began to work remotely during the Covid situation.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose is to produce a confidential review of the opinion and reactions of a small number of qualified counsellors to the change from their normal face to face way of counselling to that of remote counselling by telephone and online methods. This study is important because this is a key moment in understanding how counsellors feel about remote and face to face counselling, whilst they unintentionally have experience of both ways of offering sessions.

This study has received approval from the Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Northampton. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about your participation in this study, please contact the principal investigator, Sarah Pelling, sarah.pelling12@my.northampton.ac.uk

You may also contact the principal investigator’s supervisor, Clare Green, clare.green@northampton.ac.uk, Division of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Education, and Society, University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Learning Hub, room 301, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PA.

Please contact me on sarah.pelling12@my.northampton.ac.uk, if you would like to take part, or if you are considering taking part and would like more information on the research.

With thanks,
Sarah Pelling