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Seeking experienced, phenomenologically-oriented supervisors for research exploring the self of the psychotherapist

Middlesex University Ethics Approval #21233

Seeking experienced, phenomenologically-oriented supervisors for research exploring the self of the psychotherapist

My name is Lisa Champion, and I am a PhD student at Metanoia Institute - a psychotherapy research and training institute that operates under the umbrella of Middlesex University in London, UK. I am also a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Australia.

My PhD research is a hermeneutic-phenomenological study exploring the experiences of humanistic psychotherapists noticing how their self appears in their therapeutic work and the significance of this for supervision.

The first study in this project involved interviewing 12 therapist-participants about their experiences of noticing themselves appearing in their therapeutic work. These interviews are currently being analysed using hermeneutic phenomenological methods.

The next phase of the research involves a dialogical discussion group comprised of supervisors who are phenomenologically-oriented and are interested in the topic of the therapist’s self appearing in their clinical work. Knowledge of and orientation to phenomenology can come either through research experience or through your modality of therapy. As the therapist-participants in the first study identified as working under humanistically-informed modalities, this is also a criterion for the supervisors participating in the discussion group.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to take part in one dialogical discussion group that will take place from approximately 9.30 am to 1.00 pm on a date that suits all participants. The group will be conducted online via Zoom.

The purpose of the group is to discuss, from a phenomenological perspective, the significance of the findings from the first study as they apply to supervision.

I am looking for experienced supervisors who meet the following criteria:
• Have at least 10 years of supervision experience
• Are phenomenologically-oriented
• Identify as practicing under humanistically-informed principles
• Are not previously known to the researcher

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact the Lisa Champion on lisa.champion@metanoia.ac.uk