Single Session Therapy, or One-at-a-time counselling as it’s also known, is becoming a familiar therapeutic modality. In theory it’s a win-win – students can see a counsellor within days of self-referring and services reduce waiting lists. Yet it can be a challenging approach for counsellors who may be seeing more clients, less frequently. Counsellor Jane Titterton shares her experience of getting to grips with One-at-a-time counselling.
I’m pleased to introduce independent researchers Annabella Feeny and Fabienne dos Santos Sousa who pick up on the 2019 report from Heads of University Counselling Services Scotland and share their research into the increasing demand for counselling following the COVID pandemic.
Grateful thanks also to Freya Selman, a current postgraduate student at the University of Bristol, who, in collaboration with Unite Students, has published a report that claims that one in seven university students have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism. She calls for action to meet the needs of neurodivergent students.
In what I hope will be a regular feature in the journal, I’m keen to share great news. In this issue, we celebrate the Principal’s Award for Excellence, presented to Ronnie Millar and his team at the University of Edinburgh Counselling Service. Well done Ronnie and the team!
I’m delighted to introduce three new members of the BACP-UC division Executive Committee. Bursting with talent, experience and enthusiasm, a warm welcome to Ayan Ali from London School of Economics, Louise Knowles from University of Sheffield, and Catriona Keene from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
Grateful thanks also to our other Executive Committee Special Interest Group leads, Mary Jones (Acting Chair and Chair of the Colleges sub-division), Afra Turner (Chair of the research SIG) and Jane Harris (Chair of HUCS). Mary is retiring in the summer, so I know we’ll all want to thank her for the huge amount of work she’s put into BACP-UC and the sector. Enjoy your next chapter, Mary!
Many thanks to our wonderful columnists Kate Ashley, Michael Pearson and Sarah Hinds. Congratulations Kate for successfully completing your studies - we wish you well as you launch into your new counselling career.
I’m pleased to feature Alison Hunte in our Profile piece, who provides some excellent self-care advice.
And finally, thanks to accomplished illustrator Gareth Cowlin who finds a way to communicate an insightful message in an innovative way.