We contributed to a BBC News feature which explores some of the important issues within our profession.

The article on BBC Online, Let’s talk: ‘Therapy is not weak or unnecessary’, examines the increasing demand for counselling and psychotherapy, the need for investment, and access to therapy for the public.

It highlighted how important it is to find a therapist registered with an accredited body, such as BACP,  and features clients talking about their experiences of therapy.


Fiona Ballantine Dykes, our Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Professional Standards Officer, was interviewed for the feature.

She said: “It's crucial that we see investment now in life-changing counselling and psychotherapy services so that everyone can access therapy when they need it."

The feature also included a contribution from our member Anthony Davis, a London-based integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, who said he’d seen an increase in men coming to therapy.

Anthony said: “A lot of men were living alone and seeking out therapy to reflect on past relationships and past trauma and wanted to explore how to stop suppressing their emotions.”

Read Let’s talk: ‘Therapy is not weak or unnecessary’.