Home Page     About Me & My Approach     Contact     Map & Travel Details     BACP     Dorking Practice     Wimbledon Lifestyle Centre     Fees


How can Counselling Work?

What will the Sessions be like?

Matt Paxton




The British Association for Counselling grew from the Standing Conference for the Advancement of
Counselling, a grouping of organisations inaugurated in 1970 at the instigation of the National Council
for Voluntary Organisations. Membership was extended to include individuals when in 1977, with the aid
of a grant from the Home Office Voluntary Service Unit, the British Association for Counselling was

In 1978 the headquarters was moved from London to Rugby, courtesy of the National Marriage Guidance
Council which provided free accommodation to help the association establish itself.

In September 2000, the Association recognised that it no longer represented just counselling, but also
psychotherapy. It changed its name to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
The change of name also acknowledged that counsellors and psychotherapists wished to belong to a united
profession that could meet the commonality of interests for both counselling and psychotherapy.

BACP is the largest and broadest body within the sector. Through its work, BACP ensures that it meets
its remit of public protection, whilst also developing and informing its members. Its work with large
and small organisations within the sector ranges from advising schools on how to set up a counselling
service, assisting the NHS on service provision, working with voluntary agencies, and supporting
independent practitioners. BACP participates in the development of counselling and psychotherapy at an
international level.

The quality of response that BACP is able to offer, has led the Association to being the prime partner
in projects with national and local organisations, bodies and groups.