A team of dementia researchers based at the University of Liverpool are looking for qualified psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who work with people living with dementia to participate in an Alzheimer’s Society funded study. Currently, little is known about the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic interventions for people living with dementia. A previous study conducted by the team found that relational counselling can bring a range of benefits including processing and acceptance of the dementia diagnosis, and reduced burden for family members.

We would like to interview psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists working for the NHS, charities, or private practice who have delivered therapies to people with dementia. We aim to identify the barriers and facilitators experienced by therapists to providing such interventions. The findings will be used to develop core competencies to improve therapist training and confidence in working with people with dementia. If you are interested in taking part in the study, please contact the research team via email: dementiaresearch@liverpool.ac.uk

The main point of contact for the study is Dr Yelena Mikhaylova-O’Connell, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool.