Supporting Research Studies

PACFA is committed to supporting the development of the evidence base for the psychotherapy and counselling professions. To this end, it supports requests from experienced researchers and students to recruit participants for their research, by promoting it to PACFA members. PACFA Registrants and other counsellors and psychotherapists are encouraged to participate in these research studies, and where appropriate, to encourage clients to participate in studies.

Promotion opportunities are the Supporting Research Studies page on PACFA website and the PACFA eNews.

Latest Research Studies

Research into integrative approaches to counselling
Marc De Bruin in undertaking a Master of Counselling research study on integrative approaches to counselling. The researcher is looking to interview (face-to-face in Sippy Downs, QLD, or via Zoom conference) seven to ten degree-qualified counsellors currently in practice, ideally with more than five years’ experience. The aim of the study is to qualitatively explore Australian counsellors’ understanding and experience using multiple, integrative approaches to practice, as well as their knowledge and application of the Pluralistic Approach developed by Mick Cooper and John McLeod as an approach to integration. Ethics Approval: University of Sunshine Coast No. S191280.

To participate, contact Marc de Bruin, by 30 June 2019 at A small gift (up to $10) will be offered as a token of appreciation.

Mindfulness research study
Rebecca McCabe from the Australian College of Applied Psychology is seeking participants for a research study investigating counsellors’ experiences of the use of everyday mindfulness practices for clients who are depressed and anxious. The results of this study may be used to advance the inclusion of mindfulness in counselling practice. You are eligible to participate in this study if you have used mindfulness in your practice for five or more years, work predominantly with depressed and/or anxious clients, and have a well formulated knowledge base for the use of mindfulness for depression and anxiety. Ethics approval: Australian College of Applied Psychology No. 463141218.

To participate, contact Rebecca McCabe (Associate Researcher) at

Requesting PACFA to promote your research

Go to the Requesting PACFA to promote your research page.

Archived Research Studies

Go to the Archived Research Studies page.