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Spokespeople

Our spokesperson network includes hundreds of practising counsellors working across a range of modalities, sectors and environments. We can provide expert comment and insight on:

  • specific mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and body dysmorphia
  • specific events which might impact on mental health, for example natural disasters, bereavement, violent crime
  • the profession - ethics, standards, policy, best practice
  • what are counselling and psychotherapy – who might need it, how does it help and what should people expect from it?
  • 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

Counselling on screen

If you're making a drama or documentary programme that features counselling, we can help you portray our profession in an accurate, realistic and sensitive way.

Therapy frequently features on television and radio, reflecting a greater understanding of the effectiveness of counselling and a decrease in the stigma attached. However, there's a risk that ill-informed or insensitive coverage could leave viewers with a negative view and stop people who could benefit from seeking help. There are also important ethical considerations to showing participants engaged in a real life therapeutic process.

We're happy to advise, for example, on the portrayal of counsellors and characters undergoing therapy. We can help by:

  • putting you in touch with a counsellor for an informal chat about the therapeutic process. Our members work in variety of settings, with different groups and different types of therapy, so we can usually find you a specialist in the particular field you wish to portray.
  • assisting with script, character and storyline development to ensure your depiction of counselling is as realistic and representative as possible. This can include specific advice about our own procedures, such as what happens when a complaint is made about a counsellor.
  • advising on ways of portraying counselling that maintain the confidentiality between counsellor and client and give an accurate representation of what counselling involves.