Natalie Bailey has been re-elected unopposed for a second term as the Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Natalie said: “I’m thankful to my Board colleagues for showing support to me in my role as Chair for a second term. We have achieved significant change within the last four years, and I am delighted that exciting times are ahead for BACP as we transition to a new five-year strategy.

“I joined the Board to help deliver much-needed change in counselling access and counselling provision.

Champion our members

“And after the challenges we’ve collectively faced in recent years it’s clear that the demand for counselling and the need for access to support is greater than ever.

“We’ll continue to push for an expansion of choice of psychological therapies, and to champion the skills and expertise of our members in everything we do.

“We’ll also continue to fight for therapists to be fairly paid for the important work we deliver.

“As always, I want to encourage more members’ interest and engagement in the work we do as an Association.

“I’d also like to thank our Senior Leadership Team and all staff colleagues for their invaluable work, as we ensure that we continue to act in the best interest of the Association.”

Delivering our new strategy

Natalie was elected Chair in 2019 after serving as a Trustee for three years. She will serve as Chair for another four years. 

Natalie started her counselling and psychotherapy training after working for a decade in financial services. 

She is currently working as a counsellor in further education, higher education and private practice while undertaking a doctorate in psychological trauma. 

Anna Daroy, BACP Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to congratulate Natalie on her re-election as Chair of BACP. 

“I look forward to us working together to provide stability and a clear vision for our Association as we embark on delivering our new strategy for the next five years.”