National Counsellors’ Day Conference 2020

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Social and Political Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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**Important announcement** Due to Covid-19 our annual conference will now take place online on Saturday 20th June 2020. Tickets are available by making a donation from as little as £1 – you pay what you can. The conference is being hosted by Onlinevents.

To celebrate National Counsellors’ Day (22nd June), we are delighted to let you know that we will be hosting a full day online conference on Saturday 20th June 2020 from 9.30am – 5pm.

The conference will allow counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals to come together and discuss the theme of the day which is, Social and Political Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

We have 5 fantastic presenters:You can view full details about these amazing people and their presentations here.

You will also hear briefly from Maria Albertsen, founder of National Counsellors’ Day and Counsellors Together UK who will be talking about Counselling and Activism and sharing her personal journey, as well as The National Counselling Society, The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union and JHD Counselling Services.


Organizers: Counsellors Together UK

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Dr Elizabeth Cotton from Surviving Work.

Elizabeth is a writer and educator working in the field of mental health at work.

Elizabeth will be presenting her current research on IAPT and the ‘uberisation’ of mental health services. She will be arguing that the emergence of digital therapy and online providers and the key employers in the future is creating a new and dangerous model of UberTherapy.

You can read more about Elizabeth and her presentation here.

Dr Philip Cox – Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Dr Philip Cox is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (HCPC reg & BACP Snr Accred) with 25 years of clinical experience.

The title of Philips presentation is Extinction Rebellion: The potential impact of civil disobedience upon Professional conduct hearings.

You can read more about Philip and his presentation here.

Madison-Amy Webb from Transitions Training and Consultancy.

Madison-Amy Webb is a woman with a trans history and has been a counsellor for 20 years.

Madison-Amy will be presenting her work around ‘debunking gender identity – a reflective guide to gender identity counselling.’

You can read more about Madison-Amy and her presentation here.

Jo Watson from A Disorder 4 Everyone

Jo Watson is a psychotherapist and activist with a history in the rape crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 23 years with people who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.

The title of Jo’s presentation is ‘Dropping The Disorder! – Challenging the medicalisation of emotional distress in counselling and psychotherapy.’

To find out more about Jo and her presentation here.

Pretish Raja-Helm from Aashna

Pretish is an Integrative Psychotherapist based in London.

Pretish will be presenting an important piece of Aashna’s current and ongoing work entitled, ‘Let’s get Uncomfortable,’ which looks at embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power within counselling and psychotherapy trainings.

You can read more about Pretish and Aashna here.

We are happy to announce that our compere for the National Counsellors’ Day Conference 2020 is the lovely Caz Binstead.


Caz Binstead is a registered therapist and supervisor. She runs a busy private practice is London, and in her career, has enjoyed writing, teaching and supervising for the profession. Originally trained in the humanistic integrative approach, she has also studied (and subsequently co-taught) Mindfulness therapy (MBCT) at the pioneering Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

She wrote and co-ran a popular course for some years; ‘New To Private Practice’, and her interests lie in helping students, and those new to private practice, feel confident in a transition into this type of work. She’s recently vacated her position as a supervisor to students on a BACP accredited Diploma/Advanced Diploma, to make more dedicated time for this.

Caz enjoys giving back to her profession, and is proud to sit on the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Private Practice Committee, as a Divisional Executive. It is also why she is absolutely delighted to have been asked to be compère for this event – National Counsellors’ Day, indeed a day for celebration!

You can find out more about Caz here:

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