If you are a UK resident, member of BACP/NCS or UKCP, counsellor or psychotherapist, with 3 years of post-qualified experience with diverse clients who have experienced trauma and would be interested in participating in a study on the cultural impact on trauma treatment and recovery, I would love to hear from you.

I am a postgraduate MSc Psychology student in the School of Psychology at the University of East London, and I am conducting qualitative research to understand how therapists experience cross-cultural trauma treatment – any challenges and obstacles they may face and any outcomes connected to the cultural differences that have impacted the treatment with clients who have experienced trauma and trauma recovery.

The participation will include a face to face online informal interview via Microsoft Teams which will last around 50 mins and will be recorded.

I am looking to explore how you experienced working with the culturally diverse clients who have suffered trauma, any impact of the cultural dimension on the way your clients have experienced and made sense of their traumatic experiences, any challenges that you might have faced during the therapeutic process, any impact on the therapeutic alliance and the therapeutic outcome. I am interested to hear how you dealt with these challenges and how you implement culturally sensitive trauma treatment in your practice. I am not looking for ‘experts’ on the subject, there are no right or wrong answers, and you will not be personally analysed or judged in any way. You will not be asked to disclose any confidential information about your client’s work, only how you experienced it and your personal perceptions and views. I welcome participants of any age, religion, gender or culture and regardless of modality, specialism, or work setting, providing that you satisfy the above criteria.

I hope that with your help, the research can add to the knowledge of the experiences of culturally sensitive trauma therapy and recovery. Learning more about the challenges counsellors encounter in this specific work can significantly contribute to the advancement of counsellor education, increasing our knowledge on this subject, and in other related topics such as burnout and self-care, along with models of supervision that can potentially be improved and can provide scope for discussion and support to the therapists.

My research has been approved by the UEL School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee. This means that my research follows the standard of research ethics set by the British Psychological Society.

If you would like to know more about the study, without any commitment, or if you have any questions about my research please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Email: U1818528@uel.ac.uk

Thank you

Silviya Neykova