Over the last ten years, of my own only-child adult research, I have also encouraged other people with theirs. Here is a piece of research Carla Preston is undertaking for her Psychotherapy MA. It is particularly specific to people in the profession of counselling and psychotherapy, so I hope anyone in that position will feel able to take part in this useful research so that we can continue to expand the knowledge of the only child experience. Bernice
Being Everything: An exploration into the relational impact on the therapy when a therapist is an only-child.
I would like to interview counsellors or psychotherapists with at least two years post qualifying experience, who are only children (which in this instance means not having any half siblings or siblings who have died). I will ask them about their experience of working with clients and explore if they feel their lack of siblings has had any impact on the relationship with their clients in terms of intimacy, contact and feelings of responsibility towards the client.
I plan to conduct semi-formal interviews, either in my own consulting room in North West London or I am willing to travel with-in reason to meet a participant somewhere they are comfortable in. The interviews would take approximately 1 ½ hours and be recorded.
All material will be treated as confidential and I will provide comprehensive information about my ethical approach to my project. I will provide you with a participant’s information letter, a consent form and provide you with debriefing information
If you are interested to know more or would like to participate, please do get in touch. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “research participant” in the title of the email.