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

Rima Sidhpara

Rima Sidhpara, 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

Lesley Ludlow

Lesley Ludlow, Past 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.

Martin Hogg

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

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.


Paul Carslake

Paul Carslake

I'm a therapist working in private practice in South West London. I trained at Birkbeck, London, on the MSc course in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy, and I also have an interest in organisational behaviour.

Since setting up in private practice, I've tried to use copywriting, marketing and web skills to help build the business, as well as developing systems to keep the admin as lean as possible. (I'm slightly too obsessive about Excel!)

In a previous career, I worked as a journalist and later as a book publisher, and am co-author (with Razwana Quadir) of Psychology: A Crash Course (Ivy Press, 2019).

Ani de la Prida

Ani de la Prida

I’m a psychotherapist and creative arts counsellor with a person-centred pluralistic philosophy and practice. Originally trained with children and young people, and later with adults, I’ve worked with both in private practice for about 15 years. So I understand the challenges and the enjoyment of working independently with a range of clients. I’m passionate about therapy and about training and development.

I’m a supervisor and lecturer and teach counselling at the University of East London. I think it’s important to help raise standards in the profession and have been involved in projects such as Counselling MindEd and SCoPEd. I’m also a budding writer and am working on some exciting writing projects including a book.

I’m founder of the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts and run a small counselling training organisation. A passionate foodie, I co-founded a health food company and am interested in the connection between gut health and mental health.

There’s a danger of feeling isolated in private practice. Social media has its downside, but can be a great way to communicate, so if you’d like to connect or have any questions come and find me.


Carole Tonkinson

Carole Tonkinson

I started training and working part-time as a therapist in 1999, taking a break after maternity leave. I completed my counselling training with the Institute of Psychosynthesis in 2017 and took a Master’s in Psychosynthesis Psychology (IoP validated by Middlesex University) in 2019. I'm about to complete the requirements to become a psychotherapeutic counsellor and plan to qualify as a psychotherapist.

I have a private practice alongside my role as a publisher (founder of Bluebird: Books for Life and One Boat, imprints at Pan Macmillan).