Our member Louise Tyler has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Huff Post, on LBC Radio and even in the Wall Street Journal since becoming one of our media spokespeople.

Here Louise, a Cheshire-based counsellor, explains what she enjoys about the role and how she's benefited from it.

"I put my name forward to become a BACP media spokesperson as it seemed a perfect fit for my two passions - counselling and writing. 

"Contributing under the umbrella of the BACP means that I’m confident that media requests are ethical and vice versa. 

"It’s brilliant that the idea of having therapy is now seen as playing a mainstream part in the way we look after our mental health. The more that mental health in general, and therapy in particular is discussed and highlighted in the media, the more people will feel confident about seeking out support. 

"As a result of this role, I’ve contributed to various BACP press releases.  One recent one on Brexit stress was picked up by numerous newspapers and news outlets.  I was also lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a Guardian Weekend special supplement on stress, as a result of which I had a number of new client enquiries in my private practice.

"The role of media spokesperson has offered me additional opportunities for writing, sharing my knowledge and a feeling of pride at representing my professional body. I can highly recommend the role."