Susan Utting-Simon, Chair of BACP Private Practice
MBACP Senior Accred Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor and trainer
I am originally from London and the Home Counties, but have lived and worked in Leeds since the late 1990s.
I work fulltime in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist, supervisor and group trainer/facilitator.
My main areas of interest are children and young people, clients with complex mental health problems and cross-cultural counselling.
Prior to working entirely in private practice I was also Assistant Manager of a user-led mental health crisis service and Manager of a young people’s counselling service. Both of these roles reinforced my passionate belief in the importance of empowering our clients, especially those who are disadvantaged in society.
Outside of my work I love to run, or at least I love the feeling I get when I’ve finished! It’s one of the ways I take care of my own wellbeing, alongside enjoying quality time with my family.
Mervyn Wynne-Jones, Deputy Chair
North Wales born and bred, an early start in regional journalism and an inexplicable and enduring enjoyment of wet and muddy weekends with the Territorial Army led me into a 25-year career as public relations officer and spokesman with the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. An MA graduate in clinical counselling, I am now about to embark upon EMDR training so as to be better able to work with trauma survivors and, particularly, the sadly increasing number of traumatised military veterans. Soon to be setting up in private practice, I am presently a counsellor with charities CAIS and Stepping Stones, the former helping substance misusers and the latter survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have also helped CAIS set up a peer mentoring and trauma counselling service in North Wales for military veterans.
Martin Hogg MBACP
I am a counsellor in private practice and founder of Citizen Coaching CIC, a social enterprise based in Birmingham. I trained in Gestalt and humanistic counselling in Birmingham and specialise in providing anger management courses and one-to-one support across the UK to adults and young people. I spoke about marketing for counsellors at the BACP Annual Conference 2009 and provide videos and other resources to help counsellors and psychotherapists grow a busy practice. Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked for 17 years in operations and human resources for several hospitality companies across the UK. I hope to share my marketing expertise with other therapists in the division so that they can grow a long-term sustainable practice that can provide value to clients up and down the country
Before training as a counsellor, I worked as a teacher, careers adviser, and taught psychology part-time at a college of further education. Whilst working for Wiltshire Careers Service, I realised that the young people I worked with were limited in their future plans by attachment and other issues unrelated to academic achievement. This led to my decision to train as a counsellor at WPF and later in CBT. I taught all levels of counselling, including to diploma level, for some years and met counselling students with trauma. Because of my interest, I undertook EMDR training and completed my accreditation in 2008. I retired from work in further education that year and since then I have enjoyed being in private practice, working mainly with clients with trauma from traffic accidents, attacks and armed forces experience. I live and work in Wiltshire with my partner.
I am a person-centred counsellor in private practice in Glasgow and I also work for an EAP, conducting assessments and providing telephone counselling. Before training as a counsellor I worked as a bomb disposal engineer, clearing landmines in Angola and cluster bombs in Georgia, and prior to that I was a warfare officer in the Royal Navy.
I particularly enjoy the context of private practice as it allows for a level of trust and mutual responsibility that seem to facilitate real growth and change.
I began my training as a counsellor 27 years ago, initially as a volunteer couples counsellor with Relate Northern Ireland and later as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Prior to having my three children I had done a psychology degree and worked in schools as a careers adviser. I have worked full time in a number of agencies, including Relate, Nexus (with adult survivors of child sexual abuse), and ASBAH (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus). I trained as a supervisor and trainer and taught for 13 years part time at Queen’s University Belfast on the counselling course. My supervision work has brought me into contact with many of the counselling agencies in Northern Ireland and this continues to give me insight into the world of counselling locally. I started seeing clients privately when I was doing my psychoanalytic training. That was the beginning of my love affair with private practice, and a gradual move from full-time employment 12 years ago to being self employed.
I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in private practice in Edinburgh. After completing a degree in Psychology, I worked in the charity sector in a variety of roles from working with offenders to support them back into work to giving housing advice to people at risk of losing their home in court. I then trained as a Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the University of Edinburgh. This has evolved over the years to become much more integrative as I continue to develop. I have a particular interest in the existential side of the human condition and how we work with this in therapy. I am passionate about counselling and have found being in private practice highly rewarding. It has given me the freedom to grow as a practitioner and challenges me daily to find better ways of working with clients. I recently trained as a supervisor and have been involved in setting up a local regional networking group in Edinburgh. When not counselling I can be found writing and exploring Edinburgh and its surrounding areas with my dog.
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