Hi, my name is Nikita and I am a Trainee Counselling Psychologist. I have always been interested in the intersection between spirituality and mental health, and I am currently conducting my doctoral research on the topic.
My research question is “How are spiritual experiences constructed as mental health problems in therapy (or Mental Health Services) in the UK?”.
I feel that this is a very important area of work and research, not least to ensure representation within Mental Health services for all – from all backgrounds, faiths and belief systems.
I am currently recruiting for participants
Criteria to take part;
– Anyone over the age of 18 who has shared a spiritual experience with a GP, mental health professional or therapist in the UK and feels it was understood as a mental health problem.
– The commitment I am requesting for participation is a 90 minute online interview – which will be semi-structured and give the opportunity for the individual to share regarding their spiritual experience, and the experience of it being understood as a mental health problem.
– The spiritual experience shared does not have to have been the main or initial issue of concern that the GP, mental health professional or therapist was approached with
– The experience does not have to have happened in the UK, although the interaction with a mental health professional, therapist or GP must have occurred in the UK
Please email if you are interested in supporting this study by sharing your experience.
Trainee Counselling Psychologist
City, University of London