Experiences of people with OCD who have undergone therapy from unqualified ‘coaches’.

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This study has been reviewed, and approved, by Kings College London Ethical Clearance Reference Number: LRS/DP-21/22-28535.


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Experiences of people with OCD who have undergone therapy from unqualified ‘coaches’

We are recruiting for a study on the experiences of people with OCD who have undergone therapy from unqualified ‘coaches’. We are seeking to interview people about their experiences and the effects of receiving treatment from unqualified and unlicensed individuals who claim to be experts by experience or ‘coaches’. Such coaches are unregulated, can be costly and many have a large following on social media. We think it is important to understand what constitutes the treatment and the effects so that those suffering from OCD can make informed decisions about treatment with such coaches. Any report will be entirely anonymous.

Inclusion criteria for the study:

  • You have experienced sessions with an unqualified or unlicensed mental health ‘coach’ for the treatment of OCD.
  • You are over the age of 18.
  • You are fluent in English

What will participants be asked to do?
If you choose to take part in this study, you will be invited to an interview with a member of our research team, either online (on Microsoft Teams or Zoom) or on the phone. Interviews will last up to 1 hour.  A member of our will ask questions about your experience with the ‘coach’.

How to take part.

For anyone interested in participating and who would like to find out more about the study, please email Professor David Veale at: David.Veale@kcl.ac.uk  Please note that enquiring about participating and registering an interest does not commit you in any way. This study will close in April 2023.

David Veale
Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
Denmark Hill
London SE5 8AZ


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