Caz Binstead Therapy Consultant

An experienced therapist, speaker and writer, hoping to inspire others.

Hi I’m Caz, and I’m an experienced therapist and supervisor, working full-time in private practice (in the UK). I’ve been practising for 12 years, and with over 8,000 client hours and counting, I’m someone who truly loves their work!

In my private practice based in London, I specialise in working with people suffering from high levels of anxiety; issues around self-esteem; and loss, change and bereavement. As a writer, I enjoy exploring the fundamentals of some of these things, including, how we as human beings deal with living in an ever-moving world; how we make sense of our lives, and how we fundamentally relate to life’s natural transitions, and any ensuing loss. I’m a qualified integrative counsellor and mindfulness-based psychotherapist. I draw on past academic study in the areas of philosophy and religion, and the creative arts, to inform my work.

I’m co-lead of #TherapistsConnect – the large networking platform, and I’m founder of its popular student project #TraineeTalk, and more recently, #TherapistsCreate

I specialise in the field of private practice, with an interest in the growth and maintenance of both ethical, and, thriving practice. I was instrumental in the creation of the Private practice toolkit, at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I acted as the Private Practice executive divisional lead on the project, and also contributed to a large number of both written and recorded, resources. I sat as as a Private practice divisional executive committee member at BACP, for 4 years in total. For #TherapistsConnect (and hosted in partnership with Onlinevents), I was creative lead on their two day conference, ’Private practice 2021: surviving and thriving in uncertain times’, where I also chaired several discussions/debates, and have worked extensively in this area – providing consultation, copywriting services and workshops/training, to hundreds of therapists setting up, and working in private practice.

My Approach

I believe in working for, and representing, the ‘therapist on the ground’, and I am a relational activist and writer. I have also hosted and facilitated, several high profile events for therapists, including (but not exclusively), the 3 #TherapistsConnect SCoPEd debates, National Counsellors’ Day 2020, PCCS Books (Publisher) Conference 2021, and the last two BACP Student Conferences, where I also presented on workshops on private practice (2019 and 2021). With the #TherapistsConnect platform I have presented at two academic conferences (2021), and in my own capacity, presented my workshop entitled ‘Supervision for those new to private practice’ at the International Supervision week 2022 conference (Onlinevents).

I particularly enjoy training, and working with students, and via the BACP, have done a lot of work with trainees on preparing for working in private practice upon qualification. I also co-facilitated a workshop I created, called New to Private Practice within a training institute, for a number of years. In addition, I have supervised trainees on a BACP accredited training course, currently facilitate weekly #traineetalk discussions on twitter (as well as occasional live meetings), and have taught Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (8 week course) at Oxford Mindfulness Centre, based at Oxford University.

I vehemently stand against all forms of bullying and abuse, and feel passionately about endeavouring to provide safe spaces for all human beings to be seen, included, and respected.

Finally, I love photography and poetry, and regularly share my musings on life via my social media channels.