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Become a Research Participant

A researcher is looking for participants to take part in a study exploring:

Clients’ experiences of recovery from sexual violence - how counselling/psychotherapy may help or hinder the process

This research is part of a Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Chester.

As a participant in this study you would be asked to participate in a semi-structured interview with the researcher exploring your experiences of accessing counselling/psychotherapy to help you recover from sexual violence.

Your participation is completely voluntary. The interview would take approximately 1 hour of your time. You will be asked to complete a short form indicating some demographic information, the nature of the sexual violence you were subjected to and how long ago it was perpetrated. If you wish you can receive details of the interview and details of the analysis. The information you give as part of your interview would be analysed without using or sharing any identifying information about you.

By participating in this study you would be helping to understand more about the processes of counselling/psychotherapy that are helpful and not helpful so that we can influence how counselling is delivered and how services are developed in the future.

To participate in this study:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • The episode(s) of sexual violence happened over one year ago.
  • You have completed counselling/psychotherapy addressing the impact of sexual violence since the assault.
  • You feel generally able to talk about your experiences of counselling/psychotherapy without experiencing overwhelming distress.

To find out more about this study, or to discuss participating please contact:

Nicky Paris

Professional Doctorate candidate at the University of Chester

Telephone: 07434771654



Please be aware that Sunderland Counselling Service are not affiliated with this study in any way