Private Practice journal Private Practice

Private Practice journal Private Practice (formerly The Independent Practitioner) is the quarterly professional journal for counsellors and psychotherapists working independently, either in private practice, for EAPs or agencies, or in voluntary positions. It is published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. We welcome articles offering new perspectives on current thinking; debate on practical or professional issues; theory discussions; shared experience and best practice. Articles selected for publication are likely to be:

  • Original, insightful and authoritative
  • Of genuine interest to the majority of practitioners, or a sizeable group
  • Well-written, using clear, non-technical language
  • Backed up by any available research

We are looking for pieces that inform, challenge and inspire the reader. Article construct – some advice Before you start, have a clear idea of the concepts and information you want to convey and why they matter. Consider the readership in order to inform your article and make it relevant. If you are writing about research, please do not write an academic essay – convert your introduction, method, results and conclusions into a narrative format and pay particular attention to the opening paragraphs of your article, to engage the reader.  If you are wondering how to bring your article to life, you may wish to include brief case studies, graphs or charts to illustrate it. Please ensure you have obtained any relevant copyright or other permission (see submission requirements, below).

  • Word count – articles should not exceed 2,200 words without references, or 2,500 with references. 
  • References – should be provided in Vancouver style. This means that references are numbered in the text in the order in which they appear. They are then collected together in numerical order at the end of the article. Numbers appear in the text in superscript.
  • Case studies – they make interesting and valuable reading. Authors submitting a case study within their article are required to state in writing that either the case study is fictitious; or a composite (such that a client could not recognise him/herself if they read the article); or, if an actual case study, that the client has given informed consent, and that their identity has been anonymised. Ideally, the client’s consent should be provided in writing.
    If your article includes material about individuals (clients, colleagues or participants) in any research or study, please supply written confirmation that you have permission from all concerned to publish the material and that all identifying details have been anonymised. Any information obtained privately, eg in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must be permissioned by the individuals concerned and referenced.
  • Copyright – the author is responsible for obtaining permission to use written or visual material from a third party and must provide evidence that this has been obtained. This includes, for example, any pictures, tables, diagrams or extracts. Copyright for the article is retained by BACP unless otherwise agreed with the editor.
  • Author statement – the author should confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere, or been accepted by any other publication, and should send a declaration that the article is their own work. 
  • Please include no more than 50 words of biographical information including current work, relevant qualifications, research interests etc, and confirm if you would like your email address published.
  • Please note that articles accepted for publication may be published online.

References are in Vancouver style:
Journal articles
Goss K, Allan S. Compassion focused therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy 2010; 3(2): 141–158.

Fox C, Hawton J. Deliberate self-harm in adolescence (2nd edition). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2004.

Chapters in books
Kagan N. Influencing human interaction: eighteen years with IPR. In: Hess AK (ed). Psychotherapy supervision: theory, research, and practice. New York: Wiley; 1980 (pp53–68).
The page numbers of the chapter must always be included.

How to submit an article
Please contact the editor, John Daniel, at: Please include with your submission your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address, if available. For a listing of feature articles in previous issues of the journal see below. Selected articles are available to download in PDF format. Please note that some files may take some time to download.

For a listing of feature articles in previous issues of the journal see below. Selected articles are available to download in PDF format.

Winter 2017 PP winter 17 cover

Challenging norms: Debbie Clements on how traditional understandings of gender are limiting and potentially harmful
Second half: Tamar Posner on issues that can impact on our sense of identity in later life
Identity and spirituality: Andelo Tabu Ngandi on the importance
of respecting our clients’ spiritual views
Warrior’s way: Brian Charlesworth on the perceived 'empathy gap’ between veterans and therapists
Me and not me: Lesley Finney on the ways in which eating disorders challenge the concept of the personal self as single, consistent and conscious
Breaks in the continuity of being: Jonathan Hartley on how grief involves a complex and painful process of reorganisation of who we are
Gender mosaic: Michelle Bridgman on empowering clients who bring issues of gender identity into the therapy room to make healthy choices
Virtual self: Kate Anthony on the need to embrace technology so that our virtual selves can sit comfortably within it

Regulars, including Business Matters, Supervision, Ask an Expert, Relationships, Cultural Counsellor, My Practice, Reviews, Division News, Letters, Bulletin Board


Autumn 2017

Harvesting hope:
Christopher Tovey considers the concept of post-traumatic growth in relation to counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Taking account: Paul Silver-Myer on the frequency with which the theme of injustice enters the therapy room
Food for thought: Sandra Zecevic-Gonzalez on the important role of nutrition in maintaining and managing mental health

Regulars, including My Practice, News & Research, Business Matters, Cultural Counsellor, Supervision, Relationships, Ask an Expert, Division News, Bulletin Board

Summer 2017

Kung fu counselling: Paul Nicholson on how the correct meaning of kung fu offers a holistic theory for integration in practice
They think its Alzheimer's: Trudi Dargan on the impact of her mum’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Making connections: Debbie Ruskin on using a visual model when working with clients with relationships issues
Record keeping and the law: Peter Jenkins on the legal challenges of keeping records in private practice

Regulars, including My Practice, News & Research, Business Matters, Cultural Counsellor, Supervision, Division News, Bulletin Board

Spring 2017

Feel the fear: Jo Bisseker Barr explains how facing her fears on the ski slope helped her to relate better to her clients
The child within: Catherine O’Riordan on how she uses the metaphor of the ‘inner child’ to help clients with painful past memories
The dilemmas therapists don’t talk about: Michael Soth argues that by addressing some neglected areas of our discipline, therapy can work better for therapists as well as clients
When is it time to retire? Anne Power explores issues faced by therapists facing retirement
Regulars, including My Practice, News & Research, Couples, Ask an Expert, Cultural Counsellor, Supervision, Division News, Bulletin Board

Winter 2016 

Conference Features
Love and its shadows: Emmy van Deurzen on existential relationship therapy
Finding the right relationship: Anne Power on whether therapy can help clients find the ‘right’ relationship
Partners becoming parents: Perrine Moran on the transition from being partners into parenthood
What is being in a relationship really like? Mary Morgan on why relationships are difficult, and why we might need them
What is 'normal'? Keith Silvester on the vital role of supervision in challenging stereotypes
Sex in relationships: Stephanie Palin on why sex is an essential element of couples counselling
Games people play: Mark Head on using the drama triangle to understand the therapeutic relationship
Miscommunication: the mother of conflict: Geoff Miles on communication and conflict management in relationships
Relationships and infertility: Gerry McCluskey on the emotional impact of infertility
Mending or ending: Julia Greer on relationship breakdown
Regulars, including: Couples, My Practice, Supervision, Business Matters, Cultural Counsellor, Reviews, Division News, Bulletin Board

Autumn 2016 

Practice Matters
A framework for practice: Susan Dale on why the new Ethical Framework should underpin everything we do
Practice Matters
Identifying autism: Caroline Hearst on why being diagnosed with autism was more transformational than being in therapy
My Perspective
Survived: but at what cost? Cordelia Galgut on the possible long-term effects of cancer treatment
Practice Matters
We need to talk about gender Debbie Clements on the importance of keeping an open mind when working with gender diversity
Life outside the binary: Kaete Robinson on why we must reach beyondthe binary account of gender
My Perspective
Risky business: Michael Soth on the impact of being related to as a conflictual transferential object
Regulars, including: News and Research, Cultural Counsellor, Ask an Expert, Business Matters, My Practice, Couples, Supervision, Reviews, Bulletin Board

Summer 2016

My Perspective
‘You’re on your own, kid!’: Alex O’Donnell has mixed feelings as she stands at the precipice of independent practice
Practice Matters
One for all and all for one: Meera Dhesi and Michael Sinclair on the challenges and benefits of working as a group
Supervision with soul: Nicky Marshall on why supervision might usefully be thought of as a delivery room
My Perspective
Hidden from view:  Ellen Bow on the destabilising impact of untreated mental illness
My Perspective
Self-care from the inside out: Elaine Davies on why therapy is still the most cost-effective form of self-care
My Perspective
An impossible profession? Michael Soth argues that we need to become more embodied as therapists if we want to increase the sustainability of our practice

Spring 2016

My Practice
The great outdoors: Laurence Rowlands literally travels alongside his clients on their therapeutic journey
My Perspective
Where there's a will there's a way: Roslyn Byfield asks if you have a system in place to inform clients should you be suddenly incapacitated?
My Practice
Forget me not: Sarah Van Gogh believes we should cut ourselves some slack about the odd lapse of memory with our clients
My perspective
Balancing act: Michael Soth explores some of the fundamental factors that affectour emotional capacity
My Perspective
The great leap: John Rowan reflects on the concepts of individuation and self-actualisation
Regulars, including:
Business Matters, News and Research, Supervision, Ask an Expert, Couples, Reviews, Division News AND Bulletin Board

Winter 2015

My Perspective
Spiritual support following trauma: David Wilbraham wonders if we ask how clients impacted by traumatic events have been affected spiritually
Ways of Working
Is organisational trauma counselling for you? Noreen Tehrani on working with crisis, disaster and trauma in organisations
Practice Matters
Working with women diagnosed with BPD: Gillian Proctor outlines important considerations for private practitioners
Practice Matters
Self-care in the face of trauma: Michael Gavin on the importance of therapist self-care when working with trauma
Practice Matters
Soldier = PTSD? Margaret Chapman-Clarke explores some misconceptions about military veterans
My Perspective
Working with hacks: Mark Brayne argues that therapies that don’t address the traumatic causes of distress can be worse than useless
My Perspective
Trauma and dissociation: a therapist as client: Katy Woodger on why private practice can provide an ideal setting for clients who dissociate
Practice Matters
Transgenerational trauma: Haya Oakley on why trauma can be passed down through generations
Ways of Working
Transgenerational trauma and EMDR: Derek Farrell explains why helping to lift the global burden of trauma will have far-reaching consequences for generations to come

Regulars, including My Practice, Business Matters, Supervision, Ask an Expert, Couples, Reviews, Division News and Bulletin Board

Autumn 2015

Self-awareness: a joy or a burden?
Cordelia Galgut questions the benefit of heightened self-awareness
My Perspective
Don’t give up the day job:
Karin Brauner on building a private practice while keeping a day job to pay the bills
Ways of Working
Being attending healing:
Simon Cole argues that meditation can enrich the passage of therapy
My Perspective
New Animal presence: Sarah van Gogh on accessing our animal senses

Regulars, including: Business Matters; News and Research; My Practice; Supervision; Ask an Expert; Networking; Reviews; Division News, Bulletin Board

Summer 2015 PP summer 2015 cover

Has the pendulum swung too far? Neville Tomlinson wonders whether thetherapeutic relationship can survive theclamour for evidence-based practice
Demystifying the media: Ruth Clowes explains the available optionswhen working with the media and advises on how to put a media campaign into action
Ways of Working 
Working with the unconscious mind: Catherine O’Riordan describes howshe integrates hypnotherapy within a counselling context
My Perspective
The path with heart: John Rowan considers the role of assessmentfrom a humanistic, existential, authentic,relational and transpersonal perspective

Regulars, including:
Business Matters; News and Research; My Practice; Supervision; Ask an Expert; Networking; Reviews; Division News; Bulletin Board 

Spring 2015 PP spring 15 cover

Helping clients help themselves:
Christine Padesky tells James Rye how she hopes to put herself out of business by teaching
people skills they can use to help themselves
Ways of Working
Beyond words:
Doreen Fleet wonders why creative methods are not more widely used when counselling adults
My Practice
My creative practice:
Sandra Zecevic-Gonzalez considers the reasons why being creative makes her a better therapist
My Perspective
The power of challenge:
Trudi Dargan argues that the ability to challenge our clients when appropriate is a
fundamental part of our remit as therapists
My Perspective
Working with inner selves:
John Rowan is inspired by the evolving field of dialogical self theory
My Practice
Managing boundaries:
Michael Kallenbach considers the challenge of maintaining boundaries when renting a
room in a non-counselling setting

Regulars, including:
Business Matters; News and Research; My Practice; Ask an Expert; Supervision; Networking; Division News; Bulletin Board

Winter 2014

Accepting uncertainty: James Davies argues we defer too much to a model of mental health that reduces ordinary human experience to diagnoses to be medicalised and medicated
Ways of Working
Being with what is: Kamila Hortynska on the benefits of mindfulness, regardless of a client’s presenting problem
My Perspective
How does anxiety arise? A neurobiological perspective: Richard J Evans describes the biological and developmental factors that underlie anxiety
Ways of Working
The preferred future: Evan George on the solution-focused brief therapy approach to working with anxiety
Practice Matters
From the cradle to the grave: Julia Greer considers the relationship: between attachment theory and anxiety across the lifespan
Practice Matters
Anxiety in the workplace: Andrew Kinder on the support counsellors in private practice provide through employee assistance programmes
My Perspective
Problems and principles, not disorders and techniques: Richard Hallam argues that adherence to the medical model is hampering the development of theory and practice in psychotherapy
Ways of Working
Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety: Robert Elliott presents an emotion-focused therapy approach to working with social anxiety

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My Practice
Power to the people: Claire Thomas on the egalitarianism of the person-centred approach
Responding to change: Liddy Carver asks whether trainees are prepared for the challenges of private practice
Business Matters
How to stand out from the crowd: Martin Hogg on how to stay ahead of the competition
Ask an Expert
Getting paid to do the work you love: Corrina Gordon-Barnes’ top tips for earning well in private practice
My Perspective
Igniting the debate: Heather Dale and Duncan Lawrence discuss women’s rights and gender equality in the therapy profession
Ways of Working
Gambling addiction: a threefold approach: Mark Dempster describes his method for helping problem gamblers
My Perspective
A question of congruence: Catherine O’Riordan and James O’Riordan explore some underlying issues inhibiting therapists from making a living from their training
New framework for supervisor training: Helen Coles reports on a new BACP supervision training curriculum
Practice Matters
Would you like to be a BACP adjudicator? John O’Dowd invites you to become a BACP adjudicator
My Story
Therapy after a homicide: Janet Nicholls shares her personal experience of bereavement by homicide
The value of local support: Rayner Ward on the advantages and opportunities of regional networking

Summer 2014

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Business Matters
Getting networked: Martin Hogg provides his five top tips for successful use of LinkedIn
Practice Matters
Making the unknown known: Judy Stafford on help available for independent practitioners to engage with NHS commissioning
Are you on the Register? Sally Aldridge outlines different routes to joining the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Tightropes and safety nets
Andrew Reeves on balancing the rights of the client and the responsibilities of the therapist when working with suicide risk
My Practice
Valuing myself: Claire Thomas considers whether qualified counsellors should provide their services for free
Recommended Reads: Julia Bueno asks therapists for their top three recommended reads
Regional networking: Zoë Veevers shares her experience of setting up a BACP Private Practice regional networking group
My Perspective
Breaking down barriers: James Rye on how technology can help clients access counselling
My Story
When everyones a stranger: Monica Zenonos explains why it’s essential for therapists to know about faceblindness

Spring 2014

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My Practice
New horizons: Claire Thomas has been connecting with a wider community of therapists online
Business Matters
More bang for your buck: Martin Hogg on how to get the best results from your marketing spend
Ask an Expert
Setting the frame: Heather Dale suggests it’s in the client and therapist’s best interests to issue a written contract
My Perspective
Therapy in the digital age: Aaron Balick on the challenges and opportunities of online life
My Perspective
The gift of time: Trudi Dargan wonders whether the loss of human contact may be one of the biggest social dilemmas of our time
Practice Matters
Being kind to yourself: Julia Bueno on the therapeutic benefits of self-compassion
My Story
Killing me softly: Viv Fogel invites a therapist to share how emotional freedom technique helped shift a lifetime of physical pain
Becoming an encouraging supervisor: Anthea Millar, Jim Holloway and Penny Henderson on the importance of encouragement in supervision

Winter 2013

My practice
Duty of growth: Claire Thomas is feeling more confident about the possibility of making a living from counselling
Business matters
It's good to talk: Richard Lallo explains how the Find a Therapist directory is fast becoming the primary resource for people looking for private practice counsellors
Ask an expert
Home alone: Sally Despenser considers some of the ways you can ensure your safety when working from home
My story
True colours: Rebecca Sherwood believes there is a lot to be done to make the profession more inclusive to all
My perspective
The way of ignorance: Sarah Van Gogh on how research can enable us to experience things that exist in the borderland between consciousness and unconsciousness
My story
All of me: Janice Filer gives a personal account of life with trauma-related dissociation
My story
When you died: Karin Sieger writes on the death of her therapist
The right to be heard: Gordon Sayers and Debbie Ruskin on how supervision can be used to mitigate recurring distress from an earlier trauma

Autumn 2013

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My practice
Time for action: Claire Thomas goes into action to create the private practice she wants
Business matters
No website, no business: Sue Christy and John Bennett caution against old web thinking in a new web world
Ask an expert
Getting to the top: James Rye talks you through how to get a website and ensure it comes high up the search engine rankings
My story
I wanted to live: Eina McHugh on life on and off the couch in Belfast during the Troubles
My perspective
After the Troubles: Julia Greer reflects on the personal and collective legacy of 30 years of armed conflict in Northern Ireland
My story
All about the Tom: Michael Stott thinks civilian therapists have an important role to play in helping veterans adapt to life after the military
My perspective
Soldier, veteran, survivor: Mervyn Wynne Jones offers an insight into life in the armed forces and the challenges for civilian therapists engaging with this client group
Dubious diagnoses and the medicalisation of distress: Alan Pope talks to James Davies about his new book, Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good
Practice matters
The coach trip: Carolyn Mumby profiles seven practitioners who, like her, journey through the territory of therapy and coaching

Summer 2013

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My practice
Going it alone: Claire Thomas reflects on her first year post qualifyin
Business matters
Overcoming fee phobia: Sue Christy and John Bennett think it's time to talk money
Ask an expert
Tax advice: Neil Minns answers two frequently asked questions
My perspective
Depression: rethinking diagnosis and treatment: Darian Leader argues that depression is often a good sign in therapy
My perspective
The depths of depression: Alan Pope believes therapists in private practice provide an essential alternative to the medicalisation of depression
My perspective
What have antidepressants got to do with depression? Diane Hammersley argues that drugs don't treat depression but just remove symptoms
Practice matters
Give sorrow words: John Crew considers the relationship between bereavement and depression
Practice matters
Lost in translation: Divine Charura explores some transcultural challenges when working with depression
Working with postnatal depression: Susan Utting-Simon and Lori Fitzgerald on therapy with women who become depressed post-partum
Healing trauma: working with the freeze response: Benjamin Fry explains how somatic expiencing saved his life following a nervous breakdown

Spring 2013

My practice
Will I ever be good enough? Claire Thomas is thrown into a panic when she sees her first client in her newly established private practice
Business matters
Demystifying social media: Sue Christy and John Bennett advise on how to take your first step into the world of social media
Ask an expert
Insurance for home workers: Steve Johnson answers two frequently asked questions about insurance for therapists who work from home
My inspiration
Building bridges: Trudi Dargan explores the metaphor of the bridge to explain the mystery of union that counselling offers
My practice
Is there a surgical solution to psychic pain? Johanna Sartori asks whether there might be some clients for whom surgery offers the most benefit
My perspective
On believing the client: John Rowan argues that we cannot accept everything our clients tell us to be true
Closing the gap: James Rye shares solutions for helping increase the likelihood that clients will close the gap between making an initial enquiry and walking through the door to your consulting room
Practice matters
How to stay safe online: Martin Hogg offers five tips for setting boundaries online
My story
What is your plan B? Elaine Davies asks what plans you've put in place should you have to close down your practice at short notice

Winter 2012

My practice
Between two worlds: Claire Thomas misses the support of tutors and peers and opts to do further training
Business matters
Selling yourself: Sue Christy and John Bennett have transferred skills from their previous careers to build thriving private practices
My perspective
Trauma: challenging the myths: Cordelia Galgut thinks we need to challenge our thinking about the psychological impact of trauma
The power of writing: Julia Bueno talks to Britain's leading exponents of therapeutic writing, Gillie Bolton and Jeannie Wright
My practice
Games, revenge and vampires: Sandy Hutchinson Nunns explains how she integrates transactional analysis and writing therapy into her work
Data protection in private practice: Peter Jenkins guides you through the complexity of the Data Protection Act
Five tips for a prosperous and healthy life: Sally Despenser asks if you pay enough attention to your own self-care 

Autumn 2012

My practice
State of flow: Claire Thomas describes her excitement as she makes the transition from qualifying into private practice
My practice
Finding a common language: Anna Storey reflects on the challenges of working as a therapist in her second language
My story
Hanging on the telephone: Tamar Posner continued her therapy over the phone when her therapist was suddenly unable to work face to face, and discovered the experience had some unexpected benefits
My story
Those first impressions: Rebecca Mitchell considers what we can do to ensure our clients receive a good impression of us from that precious first meeting
My story
Time to stand and stare: John Crew reflects on his choice to continue part time in private practice and, as he approaches 70, wonders when it will be time to retire
My practice
The human-animal bond: Diane Hunt Hardiman argues that we need to connect more with animals to appreciate our impact on our planet and to exist as an integral part of it
Practice matters
Commissioning and collaboration: Nichola Watson and Louise Robinson explain the changes to NHS commissioning and how they may provide new opportunities for practitioners in private practice

Summer 2012

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Freedom from the past: Robin Shohet in conversation with Christina Breene about how we can work on ourselves to bring about the healing of others
My story
The straw man and the red ball: Johanna Sartori on working with metaphor in the therapeutic relationship
My story
On African time: Susan Board went to South Africa to provide support to carers working with people living with HIV and Aids and their families
My inspiration
How I lost my mind and found my soul: Benjamin Fry explains how somatic experiencing saved his life
Increasing access, widening choice: Brigid Baker talks to John Daniel about Get Stable
My practice
Into the deep: Doreen Fleet argues that you need to be prepared to taste your own fear when reaching relational depth with a client

Spring 2012

Ahead of their time: Christopher Hampton, screenwriter for A Dangerous Method, talks to John Daniel about Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein
My story
Living with Irlen syndrome: Marion Brion argues that psychotherapists and counsellors have an important part to play in increasing awareness of visual disability
My story
Expressing myself: Liz Bentley explains how therapy helped alleviate the physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis and how performing and writing helps her stay emotionally well
My inspiration
Staying the distance: Susan Utting-Simon found that running a half-marathon helped her to put the legacy of a violent marriage behind her
Disordered eating: Julia Bueno stresses the importance of being sure of your competence when working with clients with eating disorders
Out online: Cloud Taylor and Havva Mustafa talk to John Daniel about the launch of a new lesbian-only therapist directory

Winter 2011

My story
On being a patient. Cordelia Galgut challenges ideas about the appropriate way to support clients in deep personal crisis
Working within the law. Barbara Mitchels and Tim Bond introduce their latest book on legal considerations for counsellors and psychotherapists
My inspiration
Petruska Clarkson: matters of life and death
My inspiration
Roni Beadle pays tribute to the life and work of Petruska Clarkson
The battle to conceive. Julia Bueno provides a glossary of terms and a checklist of things to consider when working with clients with fertility problems
Giving clients a voice. Pamela Savic-Jabrow is embarking on a study that will ask clients how they experience congruence in the therapeutic relationship
Work in progress. Keith Silvester compares his training in the Alexander Technique with his work as a psychotherapist

Autumn 2011

Backward Shadow Tamar Posner examines the effect of sibling death on surviving adults and the implications for psychotherapy
Adding it up How many hours do you have to work to get the income you'd like? James Rye does the sums for you
Practitioner's toolbox
Sleeping is no mean art. Up to one third of the population suffers from insomnia. It's vital counsellors and psychotherapists consider the consequences, explains Julia Bueno
Personal story
So it goes. Reflecting on his 37-year career as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, John Marzillier explains how his early optimism in science was tempered by the realities of clinical experience
BACP research conference. John McLeod encourages AIP members to participate, and explains how to submit a paper

Summer 2011

Going it alone: John Crew highlights the issues that affect the establishment of a private practice, and recalls some of the ups and downs of more than 20 years as an independent practitioner
Reflections on private practice
Robert Bor and Anne Stokes reflect on their lives in independent practice
Minding our own business
Heather Dale considers how information technology can be both a help and a hindrance
Walking the tightrope
Máire O'Donnell and Kate Vallance discuss their desire to empower their students whilst attending to the tasks of contracting and assessment

Spring 2011

Liberation or limitation? Adrian Hemmings considers the potential impact of the forthcoming NHS reorganisation on independent practitioners
In praise of sadness: Julia Segal puts the case for a better understanding of an often feared emotion
Beyond the physical: Francesca Thorpe describes her involvement in a pilot counselling project to support those affected by Thalidomide
Moving men: Helping men move forward in their lives is a passion for independent practitioner, David Polak
Where do independent practitioners find support? Insights from Pamela Savic-Jabrow, the author of a revealing study
Research support at BACP
On being congruent: Gordon Sayers and Debbie Ruskin invite readers to observe their supervisory process
A question of ethics: The Ethics enquiry line can be a key source of support for independent practitioners, as Denise Chaytor explains
The latest book in BACP's legal resource series

Winter 2010

Up front
Wendy Halsall, AIP's new Chair, introduces herselfIt's behind you!: A counselling take on pantomimes as seen by Liz Bennett
Death, dying and fitness to practise
Duncan Stafford examines the private practitioner's dilemma
Confronting mortality
From my journal: a therapist's personal reflection
Creative wellbeing
Dr Ann Williamson thinks outside the box
Breathing to control anxiety and stress
Dr Andrew Peden revists a basic skill
AIP conference 2011
Programme and booking form
Laurie Clarke
Margaret Akmakjian-Pitz talks with BACP's CEO
My theory - my practice
I have learned from my therapists and from my clients, says Margaret Akmakjian-Pitz
BACP's divisions
Introducing BACP Workplace and the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling

Autumn 2010

Up front
Thoughts from Justine Oldfield-Rowell, Chair of AIP
Negotiating the incident pit
Anthony Cook explores how an approach used in high-risk sports might prove useful for therapists
A lonely profession?
Sally Sugg describes her way of lessening the isolation for many of her supervisees
First steps into professional practice
Heather Kapelko writes up her first-ever counselling session
Can ethics be sexy?
Heather Dale believes so. Here, she shares some ethical insights, and makes the case
The Emperor's new clothes
We need to really open our eyes, says Craig Smith
BACP Coaching
Details of this new division
BACP Making Connections programme
News, views, ethics and you
Introducing Sandy Hutchinson Nunns
Recently co-opted onto the AIP executive committee, Sandy writes about herself and her experience
Uses of reflexive writing therapy
Sandy Hutchinson Nunns demonstrates the power of this technique

Summer 2010

Up front
Thoughts from Justine Oldfield- Rowell, Chair of AIP
Attachment, trauma and dissociation
Bowlby and beyond: Sue Richardson shatters the dissociative silence
The behavioural treatment of tension-type headache using progressive relaxation training
Dr Andrew Peden offers relaxation training as a help for headaches
The supervisor-counsellor relationship
John Crew considers relationships in general and, particularly, factors that might help or hinder the supervisory relationship
Parental alienation syndrome
You may not be familiar with it but Jane Tobin Wiggins urges recognition of this potentially damaging syndrome
For your toolbox
Moodscope for bipolar disorder ...

Spring 2010

Up front
Thoughts from Justine Oldfield-Rowell, Chair of AIP
What's it like for you?
How did you get here? What's counselling like for you? How do you like working alone? Peter Martin recalls his response to those questions at the 1992 conference of what was then the PSMF division, and brings things up to date now in 2010
A voice that needs to be heard
Bea Groves gives an inside view of what it is like to be transgendered
Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia
Andrew Peden looks at causes and possible remedies for an alltoo- common problem
Professionalism and regulation
making the future yours: AIP executive member Joe Callaghan reports on last November's AIP annual conference
Has it all gone to the dogs?
Master NLP practitioner Matt Hudson feels we have more in common with dogs than we might realise
A question of supervision
Have you ever agreed to watch TV in an attempt to bond with a client? And then regretted it?

Winter 2009

Up front
From the Chair
Self-care for independent practitioners:
Linda Dubrow-Marshall asks: how well do you look after yourself?
Happy families?
Rebecca Mitchell considers the challenge of Christmas homecomings for survivors of childhood abuse
Insecure attachment and its consequences
By reflecting on their clients' issues from an attachment perspective, practitioners can choose modes of therapeutic input that help to address these unmet needs, says Andrea Perry
Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Matt Hudson discusses NLP and phobias
BACP annual conference and AGM, 2009
An individual's view: Vito Ward recalls her day
The 2009 AIP conference
a successful day for all

Autumn 2009


Up front
Thoughts from Justine Oldfield-Rowell, chair of AIP
EAP changes
Kevin Friery, Right Corecare clinical director, responds to questions posed by AIP Chair Justine Oldfield-Rowell
How to choose a personal therapist
Stacey Goldman asks a critical question
Should we be happy?
Ros Pirani ponders an age-old question
Online supervision: perspectives
'Virtual' supervision is becoming increasingly popular. Jane Evans considers the implications and two of her supervisees share their experiences
Nancy Cole considers a central issue in treatment
AIP conference 2009
Full details and your booking form
Counselling with a visual impairment
Caroline Waite shares some of the questions and answers that she has exchanged with her

Summer 2009

How I work
Multi-aspect therapy in general practice - Edwin Alan Salter shares his philosophy and style of practice
The struggle for authenticity in the second act
Greg Madison confronts his 'black speck'
BACP Fellow Patricia Justice, 1945-2009
Friends and colleagues offer memories and tributes
Brief psychotherapies: the evidence
There is a paucity of evidence relating to decisions about treatment length, writes Michael Barkham
Still not convinced about CBT?
A summary of NICE treatment recommendations for the use of psychological therapies
AIP pilot
Update and a chance to take part
Neuro-linguistic programming
Matt Hudson shares the way NLP can be used in harmony with, as well as in isolation from, counselling and psychotherapy

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Spring 2009

Home thoughts from the jungle
BACP vice president Esther Rantzen reflects on her loneliness and isolation during her time on 'I'm a celebrity... get me out of here!'
The open secret
Emily M Brown, author of Patterns of infidelity and their treatment, takes an in-depth look at the dynamics of extra-marital affairs
Self-injury: self-expression inside out
Self-injury and self-harm can beistressing for caring professionals, yet provide relief from intolerable distress, writes Wedge. When you see clients who habitually hurt themselves, what can you do to help?
Borderline personality disorder
Once a borderline, always a borderline, says Morag Wolverhampton Fabriano
Online counselling: another string to your bow?
Gill Jones explains what it is and answers some commonly asked questions
For your toolbox
10 steps to happiness
Professionalism and supervision
Preparing for the future Alun Jones shares his experience of the AIP conference last November
Spirituality and counselling in independent practice
Counsellors interested in spirituality will find much of interest at the APSCC annual conference, says John Eatock

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Winter 2008

Crossing cultural borderlands
Counselling in a non-native language - Beverley Costa is inspired by articles in therapy today
Should I stay or should I go?
Michael Alexander ponders the adolescent male's need to separate
Data retention
Useful advice for independent practitioners
Relax - do it!
Useful relaxation and visualisation techniques for your toolbox
On the receiving end
Helen Pattinson presents her 'Idiot's guide to counselling me'
Taken to supervision
John Rowan's moving account of how supervision enabled him to keep going

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Autumn 2008

The importance of examining your own prejudices as a supervisor
Originally published 10 years ago in the RACE division journal and in the PRG newsletter, Angus. Igwe's thoughts are as provocative and pertinent now as then
How is it for you?: Issues to contemplate
Guidelines for effective use of supervision
Margaret Akmakjian-Pitz shares tips on how to be prepared and make the most of supervision
Issues for supervision
Case studies to help you consider what would might do in similar situations
Working with abuse
Supervision is crucial both for understanding the client and for the protection and support of the therapist, says Moira Walker
A brief introduction to some AIP members
AIP members share details of their training, their practice, their hopes and fears
From an AIP counsellor
A moving experience with a client

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Summer 2008

Intercultural therapy
Ursula Troche explains why an understanding is important for all practitioners
Green rooms
Consider the room in which you work, suggests Selena Chandler - it may well have an impact on the therapeutic process
Letting go can help clients move forward, explains Jack Allen
Making sense of the world around us
Julie Wales shares her thoughts and some suggestions
Resolving conflict and solving problems
Relationship therapist Madge Holmes offers ways to help couples
Diagnostic assessment and levels of counselling/psychotherapy
Ray Landon suggests some differences between counselling and psychotherapy
AIP executive committee
Newly co-opted members John Crew and Wendy Halsall introduce themselves

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Spring 2008

Up front
Thoughts from Justine Oldfield-Rowell, chair of AIP.
Regulation and the independent therapist
Justine Oldfield-Rowell interviews Nicola Barden for clarification on how regulation might affect independent therapists
NHS reform in England
BACP's Louise Robinson explores the implications for AIP members - our services, practice and clients
Being clear about boundaries
Jonathan Coe outlines an initiative designed to raise awareness of boundary violations, and provides some tips for practitioners on managing boundaries
A thought-provoking look at a fascinating topic, by Margaret Akmakjian-Pitz
Discovering who you are through the enneagram
Reflections on the ancient typology by Susie Holden Smith

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Spring 2007

Delivering CBT
Counsellors could provide a much needed workforce capable of delivering a listening version of CBT, says Frank Wills. But they need to drop their prejudices about the model
Pre-empting panic attacks
Paul Bress suggests being proactive so clients might not need CBT for help with anxiety
The gentle art of pottering
Ros Piranni points out the usefulness in what might be considered idling your time away
Seven steps to creating a secure therapeutic environment
Paul Bress suggests ways to provide a holding envorinment in the counselling room
What does a typical AIP member look like?
Part one of the analysis of the 2006 AIP membership questionnaire
Last word
Editorial from Margaret Akmakjian-Pitz

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