The Research Lab at Portland Psychotherapy is conducting this study to learn more about the role of self-compassion, as well as feelings of shame and self-criticism in therapy.

Study Overview

The aim of this online study is to learn about the associations among shame, compassion, the therapy relationship, and mental health symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, during the course of therapy. We are interested in measuring these things several times over the course of 15 weeks in order to better understand the relationships among them. Should you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete questionnaires six times throughout the course of therapy.

Eligible participants will be compensated up to $50.

We hope to eventually use what we learn in this study to develop more effective treatments for addressing self-criticism and shame in therapy. Participation consists of online surveys. Participation is private and confidential.

Get Involved

Step 1: Please read our informed consent form. (If you participate, you will sign this consent form online).

Step 2: Fill out the study contact form.

Step 3: That’s it! We’ll contact you to finalize a study appointment time. This study time would need to be between your first and second therapy session.

Thank you for your interest!

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