This research aims to develop a picture of person-centred counsellor confidence when working with adult clients with an OCD diagnosis, in order to identify any training needs for learning about OCD and working with clients with OCD, within a person-centred framework.

The research will focus on the counsellors’ personal lived experience, attitudes and beliefs regarding OCD and their work with clients.

This research is part of the Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at the University of Cumbria and has been approved by the University of Cumbria Ethics Board.

How will the research be conducted?

The research aims to interview 5-6 participants. Each participant will be invited to take part in one semi-structured interview. The interviews will last up to one hour, will take place over Microsoft Teams and will be conducted by the researcher. The Microsoft Teams meeting will take place at a mutually agreed date and time which is convenient for the participant. The interview will be recorded using Microsoft Teams and will be stored securely on the University One Drive system.

Once your interview is complete, I will transcribe the interview and anonymise the transcription, by deleting any data which would identify the participant. The transcription will then be subject to thematic analysis.

How will the research be reported?

The research will be reported in a dissertation to meet the requirements of the University of Cumbria Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme. Anonymity and confidentiality will be ensured. The participants will be informed once the research is complete and the research findings will be emailed to you. Feedback regarding the findings will be welcomed.

Please note, to participate in this study you:

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must be a qualified and practising person-centred counsellor; the counsellors recruited can be part of any of the ‘Tribes’ from the Person Centred Nation (Sander, 2012)
  • Must be a member of a professional body, e.g. the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Must speak fluent English
  • Can be of any gender designation

For more information, please refer to the Participant Information Sheet or contact me via email S1804945@uni.cumbria.ac.uk I would be happy to answer any further questions.
Thank you for your interest in my research project.

Thank you

Tessa.