Our vision

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.

Our philosophy

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.

Our executive

Maureen Slattery-Marsh

Maureen Slattery-Marsh MBACP (Accred), Chair

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.

Nicola Canham

Nicola Canham

I bring to the Spirituality Division my experience of working within the Church of England in the Diocese of Chichester where I head up a team of therapists to provide a service to promote and maintain the mental health and wellbeing of the clergy and their families. I also have a small private practice and provide CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy to those in the employ of the Diocese of Rochester and self funded individuals.

I think that whilst the definition of spirituality can be somewhat elusive and could possibly be defined as ‘that which provides us with food for the soul’, spirituality is a thread that runs through all of our lives. I am therefore passionate that counsellors and psychotherapists are equipped to talk about issues of spirituality in the room with their clients, which is why I have joined and hope to contribute to the Spirituality Division of the BACP.

Matt Cormack

Matthew Cormack

I am a person-centred counsellor and completed my training in 2020. Counselling offered me a place to explore and accept myself after becoming disabled and is a part of why I chose to retrain as a counsellor. Before this I had worked and volunteered in the LGBT+ community and my previous training was in theatre and acting. I’m passionate about counselling, spirituality and intersectionality.

A part of what drew me to the BACP Spirituality Division was wanting to contribute insights and perspectives about spirituality issues in counselling and how we work with them. I believe this will include how the last year has impacted people’s mental and spiritual wellbeing.

I’m particularly interested in hearing members’ thoughts and would like to start a BACP Spirituality network group in Scotland.

Email: Matt_Cormack@hotmail.co.uk

Keith Duckett

Keith Duckett MBACP (Accred)

I currently work as lead counsellor and co-ordinator of a Bereavement Support Team, part of the Specialist Palliative Care provision within Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, where I am also a locum chaplain. I am a UKBHC Board registered chaplain and my main background is over 15 years in spiritual care chaplaincy within multi-faith teams in the Black Country and Birmingham, mostly in acute hospitals and palliative care. I have previously worked as a counsellor in an IAPT team and in a community interest company, delivering EAP-counselling to a local authority. I have also worked as a community worker, a parish priest and a junior cricket coach.

I was ordained within the Church of England in 1998. My training and qualifications include degrees in social science and theology and religious studies; a Master's degree in pastoral care and counselling, based on an intercultural reflective practice model; and a postgraduate diploma in integrative psychotherapeutic counselling. I have also enjoyed trainings in mindfulness and Gestalt pastoral counselling.

I am particularly interested in fostering collaborative explorations of the interface between spiritualities, therapies, the inclusion agenda and postcolonial theory.

Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt

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.

Email: jane.hunt@metanoia.ac.uk

Kathryn Kinmond

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.

Kathryn Lock

Kathryn Lock

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.

Email: kathrynlock@msn.com

Amy McCormack

Amy McCormack

I'm the editor of the BACP’s spirituality journal, Thresholds, and a counsellor working in private practice. I started out as a bereavement worker with Cruse.

Spirituality is a rich and often integral aspect of self. Yet it can sometimes be the quiet, if not silent voice in a therapeutic exchange. As the editor of the journal, and as a human being with a soul, I am aware that it is very hard to apply a quick label or to sum it up in a few words. That is one of its challenges. It is also one of its wonders.

Throughout my career in communications, I have worked with voluntary and community sector groups to build links, develop networks, and connect people. I would like to draw upon those experiences in my work as an executive member.

Please get in touch if you would like to talk about how we can work together to do this: thresholds.editorial@bacp.co.uk

Sukhi Sian

Sukhi Sian

I'm a BACP accredited counsellor, qualified supervisor, Reiki master therapist and a consultant numerologist (AIN - Association of International Numerologists) working in private practice under Enlight. I also deliver workshops and facilitate support groups around developing self love.

I qualified as a counsellor in 2006 and worked predominantly with women, children and young people in areas such as sexual abuse and rape, sexual exploitation, substance misuse and offending behaviour, naturally falling into management and leadership roles.

I currently work four days a week as Head of Therapy for SV2 - Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence.

In 2017 I began to train in holistic therapies. I believe that spirituality and counselling go hand in hand and I am passionate about developing a holistic practice that creates space for the mind, the body and the soul/spirit.

Website: www.sukhisian.com

Kevin Snow

Kevin Snow

I am a student member of BACP and am training as a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist at Birkbeck College. I work as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS as part of my training.

My background is in public sector communications. I now work as a trainee nursing associate in NHS mental health and learning disability services. I have worked for the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Centre's multi-faith mental health project and have been volunteering for five years as a mentor in a prison chaplaincy service.

I have masters degrees in psychology of religion and in psychoanalysis. My interests include supporting spirituality and faith as part of student trainings, mental health and pastoral services in the NHS, multi-faith, public and voluntary sector partnership working at community level and deepening understanding of religious clients' beliefs on their own terms.

Our history

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.