I am an MA Counselling student from the school of Education, Language and Psychology at York St John University. I am currently conducting a study to better understand how engaging with metaphor during time-limited humanistic integrative therapies impacts client outcomes.

Metaphor can be defined as talking about ‘something regarded as representative or suggestive of something else’ and could encompass metonym or simile. Examples you may have experienced as a therapist or client might include:

  • Working with configurations of self
  • Describing a feeling as if it were an animal or object
  • How clients relate to literary characters, etc. and how that might relate to their current situation?
  • Drawing on common objects e.g., balls of wool for relationship

I am seeking participants that may have experienced complicated or difficult experiences as well as those that have found working with metaphor valuable, either as a therapist or client.

Contributing to the study will involve participating in one recorded, 1-hour one-to-one interview that will explore your experience of metaphor. Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams to ensure you have a safe, comfortable space to work in at a time that suits you.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • be over the age of 18,
  • be a UK resident
  • have worked with metaphor with adult clients (18+) or,
  • have experienced metaphor in your own time-limited therapy as an adult (18+) client.

I will provide you with a full information sheet if you are interested in participating. It is expected that the risks associated with participating in this study are minimal. Your involvement in any final published findings will be anonymous.

If you are interested in participating in this study or getting more information about it, contact me directly by replying to trevor.gillen@yorksj.ac.uk.

Thank you for your time in reading my research call.

Trevor Gillen