Mission Statement

BACP Private Practice is the division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) that supports members primarily in, or about to embark upon, counselling or psychotherapy in private practice.

The division has the following goals:


  • To support those in, or contemplating going into, private practice by offering advice and facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience of members
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice and to respond to professional inquiries from members concerning private practice
  • To develop an internet-based online network of mutual support among those already in or those about to set up in private practice
  • To establish, maintain and regularly update a members’ website with information sheets and online pages providing answers to FAQs and details of training opportunities
  • To provide CPD and networking opportunities with other private practitioners through regular conferences and regional events
  • To protect both clients and private practitioners by promoting BACP professional standards and ethics
  • To publish the quarterly journal, Private Practice, focusing on issues relevant to the private practitioner
  • To raise the profile of private practice within BACP and, through BACP, to raise its profile with employers, agencies and government by being the ‘voice’ of counsellors in private practice