Contents

Here and now

Spotlight
Winning votes for counselling

Reactions
Letters to the editor

In focus (free article)
Time to talk about medication

News round-up
Our new three-year strategy

The big issues

In practice
Sally Brown highlights the importance of supervision.

Why does the baby hate me?
Jeremy Carne describes the challenges of perinatal psychotherapy.

The Rainbow Map
Andrew Thomas presents a tool to help clients manage emotional conflict.

Counselling in men’s prisons
Amarpreet Ajji and Jenny Hughes say offenders can benefit from counselling.

Transforming adversity into learning and growth
There is learning in surviving difficulties and losses, writes Linda Graham.

Regulars

Turning point
Emily Fozard draws wisdom from experience

It changed my life
Arun Joseph tells us what he learned from psychodynamic psychotherapy

Talking point
Christmas in the counselling room

Dilemmas
Online working and social media etiquette

The bookshelf

Questions and answers
Is it necessary to register to provide counselling on adoption issues?

Analyse me
Gaynor Boileau speaks for herself

Cover of Therapy Today, December 2019

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Welcome

For me, December always presages a time for reflection and contemplation as I look both backwards over the past year and forward to the year ahead. This year, it is a bittersweet moment for me as I have to say farewell to Andrew Reeves in his role as Chair of BACP and welcome to Natalie Bailey as she takes up this challenging role.

Andrew’s tenure as Chair has overseen a significant period of change and transition. His wisdom, tenacity, intelligence, congruence and humour have been the hallmark of his highly successful time as Chair. I am deeply grateful to him both personally and in my role as CEO. BACP and our profession owe him a great deal. I wish Andrew much success and happiness in all his future endeavours.

The role of Chair is demanding. It requires resilience, moral courage and clarity of vision. I am thrilled that Natalie Bailey is our next Chair, as she has these qualities in abundance. A dynamic relationship between CEO and Chair is crucial for the success of many organisations. Consequently, I am so excited that Natalie is the new Chair and excited by the opportunities that are presented to me and to BACP. I look forward to working both with and in support of Natalie, in service of all that BACP needs to achieve on behalf of you the members and ultimately the clients we are here to serve. Thank you, Natalie, for being prepared to take up this important role.

Hadyn Williams
BACP CEO

It has been a busy few weeks since I officially became the Chair of the Association. Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly to my new role.

I’ve enjoyed talking to so many people who are as passionate about the profession as I am. This passion has resonated through all the meetings, conversations and communications I have had with our members and staff – including at the AGM.

I’m really pleased to say that we can now start to share our new strategy with you. This is something that is very close to my heart. I believe it will really strengthen how we work with and for our members. It has been inspired by what you have told us you want from our organisation.

Natalie Bailey
BACP Chair