I am writing to invite your participation in my research project entitled: ‘An exploration of the perceived impact of humanistic/integrative psychotherapists’ personally significant, traumatic experience of sudden or violent death on their personal lives and professional practice’.
I am a fourth year student on the MSc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy course at Turning Point Institute (validated by UCC) which requires completion of a research study related to psychotherapy. There is very little research published into humanistic psychotherapists’ experience of bereavement with even less research conducted on the impact of a sudden or traumatic bereavement (Di Santos, 2015) despite the acknowledged importance of the ‘self’ of therapist in therapy (Wampold, 2015).
If you are an accredited, practicing, humanistic or humanistic/integrative psychotherapist with a minimum of two year’ post-qualifying experience, who, since qualifying as a therapist, has experienced the sudden death of a significant person in your life due to a homicide, suicide or fatal accident, I would be grateful for your participation. If your bereavement is recent (i.e. in the past eighteen months) or if you have had other significant personal bereavements, I will not be inviting you to take part, so as to avoid causing you undue distress.
If you fit the criteria and would like to take part in this study, you will be asked to participate in an hour long one-to-one interview with the researcher at a mutually convenient time and place in the coming weeks. If you are interested in taking part and would like further information about the study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance,