what happens if i take part?

If you agree to take part, you would be invited to a one off assessment appointment to discuss whether the therapy being evaluated here might be suitable in helping you. If not, we would recommend that you do not take part in this study and help you find a more suitable source of help. The assessment will involve an interview about your mood. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the project and you will be asked to sign a consent form.

what happens if i want to withdraw from the study?

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw from the study at any point without giving a reason. If you do not take part in this study it will not affect your right to receive psychological therapy and be treated by your local NHS Trust (or indeed any other trust).

will my information be kept confidential?

All questionnaires for the study will be anonymised and have a code rather than your name and will be kept in a locked cabinet at the University, unless you specifically wish for a copy to be kept in your case notes. It is planned that the results of this project will be written in a report which may be published in a scientific journal; however your details will be removed and replaced with a code. It is also possible that this data may be used in further research studies in the future; however this information will still remain anonymous. We will send you a summary of the findings from this study when it is completed.

It is planned that the initial assessment appointment and therapy sessions will be tape-recorded for the purpose of training and supervision for the therapist. It is also planned that the therapist’s own supervision sessions will be tape-recorded. However this material will be kept confidential and will not be accessible by anyone other than the researcher and their supervisors.

Information you discuss during your treatment sessions will be available to the researcher (therapist conducting the therapy) and their supervisors. However, the therapist is required to inform your GP and/or care coordinator and other health professionals working with you that you are receiving psychological therapy as part of a research project. The therapist will have to record the times and dates of their meetings with you in the clinical notes used by your team or GP (which may include both paper notes and the electronic system used by your NHS Trust). The therapist will ask your permission to also provide an overview of the work that you do together in the clinical notes used by your team or GP. However, the content of what will be put into the notes will only include information that you agree to. If you do not want any detail about what you talk about to be shared then we will keep this absolutely confidential. There is one exception to this: if you tell us anything that makes us think that you or anyone else is at risk of serious harm we will have to share this information (e.g. with your GP and your care coordinator).  However, we would always discuss this with you before we spoke to anyone else. 

are there potential benefits?

It is hoped that the study will provide you with the opportunity to share your experiences and evaluate the level of help you are receiving. There is also a 50% chance that you will receive a talking therapy which is designed to help people manage their moods and pursue their important life goals.

Are there any potential risks?

The therapeutic techniques used in this study are no different to those used in standard everyday clinical practice. However, some people may find talking about their emotions and experiences upsetting. The researcher will routinely ask you about your level of distress and provide support as and when required.