We are committed to understanding and working at the interface between spirituality, belief, faith and religion in relation to counselling and psychotherapy practice, training and research.
We seek to advance standards of good practice, develop and promote a climate in which the subject of spirituality can be acknowledged and discussed freely, openly and inclusively.
We recognise the value of the spiritual dimension in counselling, psychotherapy and pastoral care as significant elements in the life, health and development of individuals and their communities.
We recognise spirituality, in certain circumstances, has a more harmful or 'shadow' side and work to bring understanding and challenge to these aspects also.
We encourage recognition of counselling and pastoral care as distinct yet complementary practices.
Maureen Slattery-Marsh, Chair, MBACP (Accred)
My interest in spirituality grew through my experiences with marginalised communities in Dublin, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Birmingham. My clients have taught me that soul and spirit issues sometimes contribute to their psychological problems but more often lead to pathways towards wholeness.
I joined the exec in 2011 to promote dialogue and research on spirituality in counselling and became chair in 2016. My spirituality is rooted in the reality of human suffering. I believe we're all 'wounded healers' with the privilege of giving and receiving healing grace to one another on the journey towards greater wholeness.
I hold Masters both in Counselling and Theology. I'm currently a self-employed therapist with icap (immigrant counselling and psychotherapy) and supervisor (clinical and pastoral), as well as a trainer and visiting lecturer at Newman University, Birmingham.
Melody Cranbourne-Rosser, Previous Chair, MBACP, MBPsS, FNCS
I am an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and have worked in health and education for many years, undertaking therapy, supervision and coordination roles relating to children and young people (CYP) and adults. I am a senior lecturer at the University of South Wales, external examiner for a UK based training, plus run a small practice.
I hold a number of committee posts, such as co-opted member of BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Wales and lead for BPS DCoP Spirituality Special Interest Group.
Particular areas of interest include the long-term effects of abuse, trauma-focused work with CYP engaging in harmful sexual behaviour, spiritual emergence and emergency, spiritual abuse, creative supervision, and practitioner care and secondary trauma. My core theoretical model is Humanistic/Psychosynthesis and I enjoy using creative arts therapies and therapeutic play in my work - I feel creativity and spirituality are intrinsically linked and the former offers powerful ways of communicating a sense of the latter.
Dr Kathryn Kinmond, MBACP (Accred) CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS
I trained as a counsellor as I wanted to be able to work effectively with people who were in pain. I’m also a chartered psychologist, chartered scientist and clinical supervisor, all of which support my counselling practice which specialises in working with people who have been abused, including experiences of spiritual abuse.
I joined BACP Spirituality to contribute to the dialogue about the importance and relevance of spirituality to counselling and psychotherapy, so that I could engage in discussions about spiritual issues that really impact us. I have also been working for some time to raise awareness of the darker side of religion through national and international publications and training on spiritual abuse and child abuse linked to faith and belief.
Keith Hackwood MBACP
I’m a psychosynthesis therapist and supervisor focused on the transpersonal experience and spirituality. I’ve worked with drama and movement therapy and talking therapy approaches in schools, prisons, university environments and now work in private practice. I combine my interest in mindfulness (which I teach and lead retreats on), with an informed and open therapeutic method, studies of religious and spiritual wisdom traditions and a lifelong love of art and poetry.
Before becoming a therapist my background was in arts and literature, my first poetry collection was published in 2004. I’m currently writing a book on the life and work of Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis.
I’m keen to enhance the inclusion of spirituality within the therapeutic mainstream. I feel this is vital if our profession is to better meet the exceptional demands of our time.
My background is in nursing during the civil unrest in Northern Ireland and I’ve been counselling and supervising counsellors since the early 1990s. I work solely now in private practice in counselling, supervision and debriefing following critical incidents and facilitate the Spirituality network in Northern Ireland.
Throughout my working life, I’ve worked with people from diverse backgrounds and belief systems, seeing them in vulnerable places and at times where great courage and strength were required. I have experience working on committees within health trusts, community and faith organisations in a variety of different fields and can communicate and interact with people.
I think I can bring insights and perspectives to the area of spirituality and issues that are relevant. I’d like to encourage communication and develop relationships between the BACP divisions, listening and learning from the richness that each has to offer and sharing together.
I’m an integrative counsellor, trainer, researcher and academic and work as a Joint Programme Leader for the BSc and MSc Humanistic programmes at Metanoia Institute in West London. I joined the Executive in June 2019 and have been asked to take a lead on promoting a continuing research culture and network for the division.
I've been involved in training therapists in the university sector for the last fifteen years and have particular research interests in exploring the relationship between psychotherapeutic theory and religious constructs, as well as considering how well therapeutic training programmes train therapists to work with spirituality, religion and mental health.
As a profession, I believe, we need greater research and training on the interface between spirituality and therapy, from defining the terms we use to understanding the associated benefits and problems for our clients. I look forward to hearing about research members are involved in and exploring ways of sharing relevant research.
My background is working and volunteering with adults and children in social care. I qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2013 and have recently achieved an MA in Counselling. I currently work at Cardiff University as a counsellor and have an interest in developing resiliency in young people transitioning into university.
I’m passionate about counselling and spirituality and what it means to be able to bring all of myself to this role. For me, counselling represents a chance to work with others in all aspects of their lives.
As part of my role, I’ll be exploring ways to build an online presence for the division, involving social networking and communicating and sharing information online. I aim to encourage discourse on spirituality, research and its importance in counselling and psychotherapy. I’m interested in members’ views on what you feel is important within this area and look forward to working with you.
BACP Spirituality was formerly known as APSCC - the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling. It was founded back in the 1970s as the Association for Pastoral Care and Counselling - one of the first divisions of the newly formed British Association for Counselling.