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Sep 262017

Letter of Invitation

Graduate Masters student seeking men and women to interview on the subject of compassion in conscious uncoupling.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a Masters student with the Alef Trust in UK (Middlesex University accredited). As part of my master’s degree in transpersonal psychology, I have chosen to research the role (if any) of compassion in a conscious divorce.

Participants’ anonymity is guaranteed. As a professional coach and counsellor, I am also well equipped to sensitively support participants’ navigation and exploration of this often emotionally provocative topic.

The research will use Intuitive Inquiry methodology. The goal of this methodology is for participants, researcher and readers to experience positive transformation and growth.

Participants: I will be selecting 4-8 participants for the study. I am seeking participants who:

  • have experienced or are experiencing a conscious uncoupling or divorce (see description at the bottom of this email below)
  • are familiar with self-reflection and have engaged in some sort of self-development. May consider themselves to be spiritual
  • are willing to fill out a short questionnaire and/or have a brief phone interview.

Participant Selection and Process

  • 4-15 questionnaires and/or short phone interviews will be collected and 4-8 participants will be selected from these questionnaires based on logistics, relevant experience and intuition.
  • Selected participants will be willing to answer a questionnaire, spend one or more hours in a private, confidential interview with me where you are invited to reflect and talk about your story and experiences with conscious uncoupling, and write a follow up paragraph in response to your experience of the interview.
  • If you are not selected for the study as a participant, I may invite you to participate as a reader.
  • If you would like to be part of this project or would like to refer this project to someone you know, please pass on this information and contact me at

Conscious Divorce or Uncoupling

A conscious uncoupling is when the act of dissolution and separation is also an act of awareness, unity, compassion and love. (Susan Allison, author of Conscious Divorce).

Katherine Woodward Thomas defines it as “a breakup or divorce that is characterised by a tremendous amount of goodwill, generosity, and respect, where those separating strive to do minimal damage to themselves, to each other, and to their children (if they have any), as well as intentionally seek to create new agreements and structures so everyone can flourish and thrive moving forward in life.


The definition of compassion is the ability to understand the emotional state of another person or oneself. Often confused with empathy, compassion has the added element of having a desire to alleviate or reduce suffering. (Beverley Engel, Psychology Today, 2008).