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20/09/2022 17:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Are you interested in Self-Care?

Then may I draw your attention to my  research study entitled ‘The Paradox of Self-care: Psychotherapists lived experiences of Self-Care’, as part of my Masters study in  Psychotherapy at DCU. The aim of the research study is to explore the lived experiences of self-care of psychotherapists practicing in Ireland.

I am looking to recruit 15 participants for this Reflexive Thematic Analysis Qualitative study.

Principle investigator, Dr. Rita Glover is an experienced research supervisor. She has supervised PhD Doctorate and M.Sc. students who have conducted qualitative studies which involved descriptive and hermeneutic phenomenology, thematic analysis in Dublin City University. Dr. Glover lectures, nationally and internationally, at M.Sc. and Doctoral level on psychotherapy and psychotherapy supervision. The research procedures will be carried out by Pauline Heffernan, a student on the DCU taught MSc in Psychotherapy programme. Pauline is an accredited member if the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist. Pauline has a BA Hons in Psychology and a BA Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

You are eligible to engage in this study if you are an accredited, practicing psychotherapist, aged 30yrs and over, living and working in the Republic of Ireland.  You will be invited to take part in a semi-structured interview taking place in person, or online, whichever is most convenient for you.  The interview will be approximately 1hr in duration and an audio recording will be made.  Your participation in the study is voluntary.

The term self-care is defined by Barnett & Cooper (2009), as the application of a range of activities, for the purpose of psychological wellbeing, resilience, and good physical health. Research has identified the paradox of Self-care, when psychotherapists who are dedicated to helping others, often find it difficult to take time to care and nourish themselves. The identification of the importance of the Self of the therapist in the therapy outcome, and the placing of psychotherapist self-care as an ethical issue for professional practice is indicative of the importance of psychotherapists endeavouring to care for both themselves and their clients, in their clinical practice.

If you would like to learn more about this study, please contact me by email pauline.heffernan7@mail.dcu.ie

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