During the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, many counsellors had to make a rapid transition from working with clients face-to-face to providing e-counselling (counselling online or via telephone).

I am conducting a research study to learn about your experiences of making this transition and how it personally affected you. I would especially like to hear from counsellors working within a variety of settings, such as private practice, as part of a multi-disciplinary team or IAPT. You might have returned to seeing clients face-to-face, remained working exclusively online, or a mixture.

Who is eligible to take part?
Participants need to be:

  • Aged 18+
  • Registered with BACP, UKCP, BPC, BABCP, NCS, BPS, or HCPC
  • Qualified (minimum Level 4) for at least one year
  • Experienced in working face-to-face with clients for at least one year before transferring to e-counselling

Participation in the research
Participation will involve attending an online, exploratory, semi-structured interview with the researcher that will take about an hour. The interview will be at a time convenient to you, via UEL Microsoft Teams (a secure online platform, no software is required to take part).

Participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw from the study.

Participants will not be paid for taking part, but your participation will be highly valuable, contributing to much-needed research within counselling.

This research study is being undertaken as part of BSc (Hons) Counselling at the University of East London. Ethical approval for this research has been granted by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of East London.

Are you interested?
If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Xanthe Mawby

Thank you!