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Spokespeople & Statistics

Are you writing an article about counselling or researching a piece about counselling for radio or TV? We have access to a unique selection of resources that can help you add colour and credibility to your work.


Our network of expert spokespeople is made up of hundreds of practising counsellors who work across a vast range of modalities, sectors and environments. If you need an expert counsellor for your article, look no further. Below is a snapshot of a few of our spokespeople and their work in the media so far in 2015.

In the Guardian back in February, Madeleine Bocker said "A good apology can make such a difference," and went on to advise readers on the most effective ways to apologise.

"People get into difficulties when they get stuck in a downward spiral of negative thoughts," Rick Hughes told Healthy magazine, "It's often at this time that they seek counselling - from someone impartial, which can help work through their feelings without inflaming the situation further." 

"Acknowledging the root cause [of negative emotions] is the first step in overcoming them," Sheryln Thompson told Candis magazine earlier this year, in an article about how to 'de-clutter' you life. 

Karen Cromarty contributed to an article for Headteacher Update, a trade magazine for UK primary school headteachers, in which she stressed the importance of in-school counselling services. Karen said: "We've been working closely with the DfE and there is a strong commitment to ensuring that all schools, including primary schools, have this kind of provision." 

Meanwhile, in The Debrief, Julia Greer offered help on recognising when a relationship has run its course, saying: "If the relationship has slipped to the bottom of the priority list, after work, friends and family, that to me means danger." 

BACP Spokespeople are available to comment on:

  • The profession: ethics, standards, health policy, best practice
  • What are counselling and psychotherapy – who might need it, how does it help, how does it work and what should people expect from it?
  • Specific mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and body dysmorphia
  • Specific events or circumstances which might impact on an individual or group’s mental health, e.g. natural disaster, bereavement, violent crime
  • Issues which occur in everyday life such as within relationships or at work
  • Issues affecting a particular age demographic such as children and young people or older people.


Our attitudes surveys provide a snapshot of the British public's opinions about therapy. Broad and ambitious in scope, the results track the UK's changing attitudes to counselling and psychotherapy and provide the most comprehensive data of this type available in the UK.

This year’s figures show a significant increase in the number of people accessing therapy since our last public attitudes survey in 2010 when only one person in five said that they had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist.

The results of this most recent survey were reported in the national press, including coverage in the Times and Independent newspapers.

Click below to view an infographic outlining the key findings of the 2014 Attitudes Survey. 

pdf file  Attitudes Survey 2014 Key Findings (0.13Mb)

Prior to this, our last major survey was in 2010. Click below for an infographic outlining the key findings of the 2010 Attitudes Survey.

pdf file  Attitudes Survey 2010 Key Findings (0.88Mb

Member focus group

As well as our high-profile attitudes surveys we also have a focus group of over 700 members who we frequently contact for quick-fire stats in response to media enquiries. No need to search through reams of research papers for the information you need - with our member focus group you have up-to-date statistics about counselling at your fingertips.

Think we can help you? Call our press office on 01455 206393 or email media@bacp.co.uk.