Person Centred Blog

Your Person-Centred Quarterly (PCQ) needs you! 

We have used this entreaty before.. but it’s true.. The PCA members have – in the past – told us that PCQ magazine is something they value as part of their membership of the Association. Your editors are keen to produce the magazine more often (it is supposed to be quarterly), but we need material; papers, articles, reviews, reflections of practice, and more.

The pages are bare – waiting for your contributions!

The beauty of PCQ is that it isn’t constrained by the requirements of the academic journals, so you can experiment and take risks. We welcome exploration of the issues and experiences of the PCA – for counsellors, therapists, trainers, supervisors, trainees, as well as PCA practitioners in other professions (or none). PCA in relationship at any level is of interest and relevance.

We are looking for submissions over the next month (deadline mid February 2020) – hoping to pull together a ‘Spring’ issue.

If you have any queries or would like to submit a piece please email or contact Sara or Seb directly.

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Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy Video

As a proud partner The PCA would like to share with our members and followers this introductory clip highlighting the aims of the Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP). 

The Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy is made up currently of 11 organisations (of which The PCA is one) with a shared purpose: To hold open a space to protect counselling and psychotherapy from restrictive standardisation and homogenisation, supporting the wide range of good practice in the field.

We hope you find this clip an informative introduction to the PCP.

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More News on Working Groups

As part of the ongoing development of the Working Groups announced last week, the Trustees are delighted to announce that they are up and running and beginning to progress well.  The Working Group Leads are:

Advancing PC theory – Fleur Vickery;

BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – Simone Ayres;

Encounter groups for communities – Francesco Coni;

GSRD (Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity) – Rachael Peacock;

Inclusion – Gavin Dayer;

PC Migrant Therapists – Lead Required;

PR Working Group (Public Relations) – Jenny Watkins;

Pre-Therapy – Lead Required;

Promoting Person-Centred Therapy as a non-pathologising therapy – Kim Lewin;

The Environment and Climate Crisis – Susan Coldwell. 


To keep abreast with the latest developments regarding our working groups please check our working groups page.

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Working Groups - Further Information

The Person-Centred Association has created Working Groups that will focus and act on a variety of important and fundamental issues from a person-centred perspective. The Working Groups are:

Advancing PC theory - for those who are passionate about exploring person-centred theory (past, present and future) and seeing where it takes us;
BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – synopsis to follow;
Encounter groups for communities - building our shared definition of Encounter, and a foundation consistent with those we hope to facilitate in the encounter groups we introduce to different sectors within our communities;
GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) – open to PCA members of any gender, sexuality or relationship identity. We will focus on GSRD issues and their relationship to person-centred theory and practice;
Inclusion - will look at the way society is structured and how barriers are created which cause a division in society in all its forms. Inclusion Ideal or Idealistic?
PC Migrant Therapists – synopsis to follow;
PR Working Group (Public Relations) – this group will focus on creating and implementing a strategy that will promote The Person-Centred Association and the person-centred way of being; and it will support other Working Groups with PR;
Pre-Therapy – synopsis to follow;
Promoting Person-Centred Therapy as a non-pathologising therapy – synopsis to follow;
The Environment and Climate Crisis - the scientific community is in agreement that damage to our environments could soon be irreversible. What can we do to raise awareness, to support clients and engage our personal power to bring about change?

Each Working Group will meet monthly online and the Group Leads will meet with The Trustees quarterly. The Working Groups will have Terms of Reference from which they will co-create the aims, objectives and plans for their group.

We are recruiting volunteers for each group. If you are interested in one of the above, please contact Teri Tivey ( and Suzy Henry, (

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SCoPEd - Next Steps

Following discussions and correspondence regarding the proposed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on counselling and psychotherapy, and the ongoing concerns about the SCoPEd project, The Person-Centred Association has affiliated with the newly formed Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Further Information can be found at

The Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP)  is a union made up of The Person-Centred Association, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, the National Counselling Society, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counsellors Together, UK Person Centred Experiential, and the College of Psychoanalysts. We are collaborating with the aim of developing an inclusive debate about the future of counselling and psychotherapy. We are hopeful that this project will give a stronger voice to the concerns of our members about the centralising, undemocratic approach being pursued by the three largest professional bodies.

Further developments will be posted on the TPCA website and can be found on the above website

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Person Centred Working Groups

Please look out for news arriving soon, detailing the setting up of Working Groups to tackle many fundamental issues.

We feel you will be as excited as we are about the prospect of applying our approach in many practical ways; including therapy of course. And working to really build the profile of our approach; as it is still as counter-cultural as it ever was.

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TPCA Trustees 2019

In the spirit of supporting TPCAs continued growth earlier this year we invited new applicants to replace trustees coming to the end of their appointed constitutional term.

Persons were sought who would be willing to engage in TPCA initiatives, learn how to take part in helping organise TPCA events and take part in the running of TPCA.

Nominations were received and at the TPCA AGM on the 17th August 2019 a formal election of Trustees took place and we’d like to announce the results as follows:

Janet  Tolan was voted in as trustee (previously a co-opted trustee) and continues to lead on liaison with professional organisations

Suzy  Henry and Teri Tivey were voted in as Co-chairs

Rhianna  Broadway was voted in as Secretary

Michelle  Harwood was voted in as Treasurer

Sara  Callen remains Co-editor of PCQ, stepping down from Secretary but remaining a Trustee

Seb  Heid remains a trustee and Co-editor of PCQ

Shirl  Hicks was voted trustee (previously a co-opted trustee) and continues her role as local Groups’ Liaison

Thank you gifts were presented to Marc Gibson and Bernard Mooney for their service as trustees. Additional thanks are given to Janet and Sara for their continued work within the Trustee group over the years. Annie Thompson was also thanked for her service as Chair in previous years of BAPCA. A warm welcome is extended on behalf of the TPCA to new members of the Trustee Group.”   

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TPCA and the Climate Crisis

TPCA and the Climate Crisis 

At the AGM on Saturday we discussed how, as a person-centred organisation, we could become actively involved in the current response to the climate crisis. How can we address our planet-centred concerns and responsibilities? The TG will be looking to this question and to how the membership can work together on this.

We will be asking members to join a ‘Planet-Centred Working Party’ in due course; soon! ‘

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Letter to BACP, UKCP and BPC re SCoPEd


Dear Chairs and Chief Executives of BACP, UKCP and BPC,

Following correspondence, including with yourselves, the seven organisations listed below request that you meet with us. Together, we are, at present, the main stakeholders from within the fields of psychotherapy and counselling.

Our own organisations represent approximately 6,000 psychotherapists and counsellors and we feel that it is important to discuss the proposed All Party Parliamentary Group on psychotherapy and counselling before further approaches to MPs are made by yourselves.

It is clear that there are significant concerns about recent developments in the field of therapy, and a risk of conflicts and hostility between organisations and an erosion of trust in the professional bodies.

Hence, we are seeking dialogue between our organisations to avoid further damaging conflicts about the future of psychotherapy and counselling in the UK.We look forward to hearing from you – with, we hope, a proposal for the kind of meeting we describe in this letter.

Richard Bagnall-Oakeley (Chair, Psychotherapy and Counselling Union) [Use this e-mail address for correspondence[Maria Albertsen (for Counsellors Together)Bea Millar (Chair, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)Dr David Murphy (United Kingdom Person-Centred Experiential)Professor Ian Parker (President, College of Psychoanalysts)Professor Andrew Samuels (Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Janet Tolan (Chair, The Person-Centred Association)

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