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

Mervyn Wynne-Jones, Chair

Back to my roots in North Wales after an absence of some 25 years, I practice as a counsellor both independently and with a charity.

Since qualifying as a counsellor, I have worked with charities assisting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, relatives of youngsters in hospice care, and clients in substance misuse recovery. I was proud to help create, launch, and develop ‘Change Step’, a charitable peer mentoring and trauma recovery service for military veterans in Wales.

My background is in the Armed Forces, having served for some two decades in the Army Reserve, and having worked and travelled for even longer alongside the Royal Navy, the Army, and the RAF as a government-employed civilian press and media relations officer. I was previously a regional newspaper journalist.

I combine my love of the outdoors with a passion for ornithology and wildlife, and a keen interest in geology and landscape.

Email: mervynwynnejones@hotmail.com

Lesley Ludlow, Deputy 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.

Susan Utting-Simon, Past Chair

I am originally from London and the Home Counties, but have lived and worked in Leeds since the late 1990s. I work full time in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist, supervisor and group trainer/facilitator. My main areas of interest are children and young people, clients with complex mental health problems and cross-cultural counselling.

Prior to working entirely in private practice I was assistant manager of a user-led mental health crisis service and manager of a young people’s counselling service. Both of these roles reinforced my passionate belief in the importance of empowering our clients, especially those who are disadvantaged in society.

Outside of my work I love to run, or at least I love the feeling I get when I’ve finished! It’s one of the ways I take care of my own wellbeing, alongside enjoying quality time with my family.

Email: s.uttingsimon@btinternet.com
Website: www.susan.counselling.co.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

Rabina Akhtar

I'm an MBACP Accredited counsellor, living and working in Peterborough, where I was born and bred.

I've worked full-time in private practice as a counsellor since 2011, and am a supervisor, trainer, facilitator and BACP Network coordinator for Peterborough. I am a partner in Peterborough Counsellor Training which provides workshops for counsellors and organisation in the area.

I trained in integrative counselling, my approach being person-centred and CBT. I'm a Relate qualified counsellor and provide couple counselling. My main area of interest is anxiety,depression and relationships in adults, especially within BME community.

Prior to counselling, I was a chartered management accountant and worked with in businesses and education institute within the financial roles. In my personal time, I enjoying spending time with my family and friends, meditating and enjoying the sunshine (more often the rain).

Email: peterboroughcounsellor@gmail.com

Rima Sidhpara

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


All executive members are volunteers