Our mission

BACP Private Practice aims to:

  • support those in, or contemplating going into, private practice by offering advice and facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience of members
  • provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice and to respond to professional inquiries from members concerning private practice
  • develop an internet-based online network of mutual support among those already in or those about to set up in private practice
  • establish, maintain and regularly update a members’ website with information sheets and online pages providing answers to FAQs and details of training opportunities
  • provide CPD and networking opportunities with other private practitioners through regular conferences and regional events
  • protect both clients and private practitioners by promoting BACP professional standards and ethics
  • publish the quarterly journal, Private Practice, focusing on issues relevant to the private practitioner
  • raise the profile of private practice within BACP, and through BACP with employers, agencies and government, by being the ‘voice’ of counsellors in private practice

Our executive

Lesley Ludlow, Chair

I live and practice in South London and today work entirely in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor.

Before becoming a counsellor, I developed a career in marketing, finishing as a marketing manager in the travel industry. Taking a career break to have a family allowed me space to re-evaluate and I decided to train as a counsellor - probably a notion I’d carried for several years.

While building up my practice I worked settings ranging from Croydon Alcohol Counselling Agency, Croydon Pastoral Counselling Service to telephone assessor for AXA ICAS as part of the EAP team. A benefit of working in private practice for me is the importance of time to spend with a client helping them work through their issues at a pace and in a manner that suits them.

I am a senior accredited counsellor and have served on the Private Practice Executive since 2015.

Rima Sidhpara, Deputy Chair

I'm a BACP Accredited psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over 10 years’ experience in the profession. I identify myself as an integrative psychotherapist with the philosophy that the therapeutic relationship creates therapeutic change.

I'm Practice Director of a thriving and successful company in Leicester. Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd is well established and hosts a team of independent practitioners delivering private therapy services to the community. RHCP Ltd also prides itself on providing high quality CPD to trained therapists.

As an executive member of BACP Private Practice division, I hope to contribute my creative ideas, experience and business skills to the role. I'm looking forward to developing the future of the division and hope to help the private sector achieve visibility, as I feel that the great work conducted by private therapists remains hidden.

Website: www.rhcp.org.uk

Martin Hogg

I have served as a committee member for the last six years. I’m a counsellor in private practice and founder of Citizen Coaching CIC, a social enterprise based in Birmingham. We provide over 7,500 counselling sessions a year and generate over £700,000 in social value to the local economy.

I trained in Gestalt and humanistic counselling and specialise in providing anger management courses and one-to-one support to adults and young people. I speak nationwide about marketing for counsellors and have helped over 1,200 therapists get started in private practice. I share my latest marketing learnings through a column for Private Practice journal.

I worked for 17 years in operations and human resources for hospitality companies across the UK. I hope to share my marketing expertise with other therapists in the division so they can grow a long-term sustainable practice that can provide value to clients up and down the country.

Email: martin@citizencoaching.com
Websites: Birmingham Counselling Services, Anger Management Courses Birmingham

Caz Binstead

I’m an integrative counsellor, mindfulness-based psychotherapist and supervisor. I’ve worked in private practice for a number of years and maintain a full-time thriving practice.

In this role, I am most interested in enabling therapists to learn the practicalities of running a business, whilst crucially, helping to encourage ‘reflection’ on how you do this within an ethical, therapeutic framework. Since 2013, I’ve authored and co-run a workshop called ‘New to Private Practice’ and I am particularly interested in working with students close to qualifying, graduates and those who are newly setting up practice. I have recently been appointed lead on projects within the Executive (specialising in this area).

On a personal level, I am a dedicated and passionate person. I will strive to work hard for what our members’ need; using active listening to maintain trust, and to implement authentic and meaningful change, where necessary.


Gary Owen, BEd (Hons), Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg)

I’m a counsellor and founder of Hopesprings CTC, one of West Lothian’s best-established private counselling agencies. While primarily a counselling agency, we've developed a range of specialisms including working with young people, working with neurodiversity, providing training opportunities for businesses and organisations across the UK and a successful consultancy service.

I originally trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and have extended my expertise over the years to develop an integrative approach.

I worked for 27 years as a teacher in a secondary school in West Lothian. During this time, I developed an interest and expertise in managing behaviour in young people and was instrumental in developing approaches to supporting young people with behavioural difficulties. Latterly I managed a specialist service providing support for young people with autism. I left the teaching profession 10 years ago to set up Hopesprings CTC.



All executive members are volunteers