This is an invitation to take part in a MSc research project exploring how uninvited digital client communication can affect therapeutic relationships, and how counsellors have navigated such situations. The aim of this research is to understand individual experiences and contexts, and what the experience was like for you.

  • Are you a qualified Counsellor or Psychotherapist, currently seeing clients in private practice?
  • Do you undertake regular supervision with a qualified supervisor?
  • Have you experienced a situation where you have received an uninvited social media or internet communication from a client? This could be in the form of receiving a “friend” request on social media, attempted interaction via a non-professional platform (e.g. Twitter or Instagram), or being looked up online by a client (please note that if your experiences involved BACP ethical intervention or are part of any ongoing complaint or investigation procedures then you will be unable to take part in this research).

If the answer is ‘yes’, I would be really interested to talk with you and give you space to discuss your experiences; how you navigated the situation and the how this affected your working. Each interview will be audio recorded and will last approximately 50 minutes, to be held either at the University of Greenwich or a secure confidential professional pre-booked meeting space convenient for you. You will have the opportunity to read, check and verify the interview transcript, as well as the final account of your story/experience.
Your participation will be strictly confidential.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me: zs3935v@greenwich.ac.uk

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Zoe.