In this issue

Here and now

Spotlight: 'We need to unite the profession'
Catherine Jackson interviews Ani de la Prida, who has just joined the SCoPEd expert reference group


In focus: Trusted and trustworthy
Catherine Jackson interviews Tim Bond, BACP's Ethics Consultant, who has just announced his retirement.

The big issues

In practice: Payment matters
Sally Brown discusses fees and payment methods.

Sons of our fathers(open article)
Manu Bazzano explores the role of counselling in ‘undoing’ masculine stereotypes.

Give yourself a break
Natalie Carter describes her personal journey towards better self-care.

Kitchen therapy – a recipe for life
Charlotte Hastings explains how she combines psychotherapy and cooking.

Aikido and the pursuit of intra-psychic harmony
Alaric Everett draws parallels between counselling and the Japanese martial art.

The invisible child
Saskia Joss presents a groupwork programme for the ‘unseen children’ in class.


It changed my life
How finding the right counsellor helped a male client through a divorce.

Talking point
How do you deal with colds in the therapy room?

Dilemmas: Unplanned endings

Turning point
Nick Wright draws wisdom from experience

Accountant and psychotherapist Paul Silver-Myer offers some advice on tax-exempt business expenses

The bookshelf

Analyse me
Neelam Farzana MBE speaks for herself

Cover of Therapy Today, November 2019

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Welcome to the November edition of Therapy Today. This issue covers an eclectic range of subjects, from masculinity to kitchen therapy and Aikido, revealing just how creative our profession is and how therapy can touch our lives in so many ways.

It also features an interview with Professor Tim Bond, who is stepping down from his role as BACP’s ethics consultant. Tim has been at the forefront of our profession, and BACP, for almost 40 years. His wisdom, intelligence, depth and breadth of knowledge, humility and generosity have enriched our profession over the years, especially with the innovative application of ethics and the creation of the Ethical Framework. We owe Tim a huge amount, and I thank him for his indefatigable commitment to BACP and the counselling profession.

This issue of Therapy Today will land on your doorstep just a week before our AGM. This year, for the first time, we’ll be combining the AGM with one of our very popular Making Connections events. There’s always a real buzz about these events; they give members a chance to network with each other and talk to our staff and Board members. This year we have visited Ashford, Norwich, Glasgow and Llandudno.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Salford for Making Connections and the AGM as we reflect on another year of working together to promote counselling and the profession and look ahead to what we can achieve in 2020.

Hadyn Williams

I’m incredibly honoured to be taking on the role of Chair of the Association.

I became a trustee three years ago to help make a difference to our Association, to influence policy to help the communities we serve, and to ensure the voices of counsellors are heard. I’m looking forward to working with you over the coming years as we continue to spread the message that counselling changes lives.

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to our outgoing Chair, Andrew Reeves, for his incredible contribution to the Association. His leadership in steering us to where we are today has undoubtedly paved the way for me, as the new Chair, to continue this work.

I hope to meet and hear from many of you over the coming months as we strengthen the message that it’s your voices that help to shape BACP.

Natalie Bailey
BACP Chair