About our June issue

The media spotlight on mental health is more intense now than ever, and has intensified as a result of the pandemic, with concern about the long-term effects of anxiety, unemployment, isolation, disrupted education and social care, domestic violence, addiction and recession. There has been speculation about what the impact of the pandemic might be on suicide rates.

Jeff Weston writes of the importance for therapists to be open about the subject of suicide when clients bring it into sessions. He also reminds us that therapists are not themselves immune from suicidal thoughts and feelings and, linked to this, Syd Hiskey and Neil Clapton write about the importance for therapists of self-care, with practical advice about activities designed to attend to this. Also in this issue, Rebecca Mitchell and Sadie Cissell offer guidelines for supporting women who might be reluctant to attend cervical smear tests, and John Marsden writes about this impact of lockdown on his practice.

John Daniel

John Daniel, Editor, Private Practice

About Private Practice

Alongside articles which highlight best practice and share cutting-edge thinking, Private Practice offers relevant, practical information and practitioners’ personal perspectives and experiences. It provides a space for personal and professional reflection, a forum for conversation and debate, and an opportunity to network, so helping to reduce the isolation which can be felt by those in private practice.


Private Practice is published in March, June, September and December.

If you're a member of BACP Private Practice division, you'll receive a printed copy of the journal and access to the online archive as part of your divisional membership fee.

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Previous issues

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If you would like to contribute to the journal, please contact the editor, John Daniel, at privatepractice.editorial@bacp.co.uk

I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to write an article, review a book, or submit a letter. Or if you have suggestions for what you would like us to cover in a future issue.

Articles should not exceed 2,500 words, inclusive of references. Please see our Author's guidelines


Private Practice is read by counsellors and psychotherapists working independently, either in private practice or for employee assistance programmes (EAPs) or agencies, in paid and voluntary positions.

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