Writing for Thresholds

Thresholds is the quarterly journal of BACP Spirituality. It is published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and is a professional, informative, and inclusive journal for those involved or interested in spirituality, belief and pastoral care in counselling and psychotherapy. Thresholds' readers include members of BACP Spirituality, subscribers and a wide variety of organisations. Many are counsellors and psychotherapists, but not all. Many have a faith commitment, but not all.

Contributions to Thresholds are always welcome. Articles should be a maximum of 2,500 words, including references, and letters should be no longer than 300 words. Thresholds strives to be inclusive in its coverage, so when writing for the journal, please avoid assuming that all readers share your assumptions or beliefs: ‘As Christians/Muslims/Pagans we...', or using language specific to one spiritual or therapeutic tradition, without explaining your terms. Use of a personal voice is acceptable, as long as the personal connects to broader experience or invites others to connect and reflect. Please be careful not to plagiarise; ensure you acknowledge sources; and avoid footnotes. Refences should follow the Vancouver system, with references numbered sequentially within the text and a corresponding numbered list of references placed at the end of the article. Any photographs or diagrams submitted need to have copyright permission (see further details below).

Examples of Vancouver style refencing:


Smith OCD, Saunders E. Help with excessive editing: some practical guidelines. Journal of Silly Health 1995; 4(3): 4–10.


Fox C, Hawton J. Deliberate self-harm in adolescence. 2nd edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2004.

Chapters of books:

Smith JA, Osborn M. Interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: Smith JA (ed). Qualitative psychology. London: Sage Publications; 2003 (ppxx–yy).

Submission requirements:

  • Case studies – they make interesting and valuable reading. Authors submitting a case study within their article are required to state in writing that either the case study is fictitious; or a composite (such that a client could not recognise him/herself if they read the article); or, if an actual case study, that the client has given informed consent, and that their identity has been anonymised. Ideally, the client’s consent should be provided in writing.

    If your article includes material about individuals (clients, colleagues or participants) in any research or study, please supply written confirmation that you have permission from all concerned to publish the material and that all identifying details have been anonymised. Any information obtained privately, eg in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must be permissioned by the individuals concerned and referenced.
  • Copyright - the author is responsible for obtaining permission to use written or visual material from a third party and must provide evidence that this has been obtained. This includes, for example, any pictures, tables, diagrams or extracts. Copyright for the article is retained by BACP unless otherwise agreed with the editor.
  • Author statement - the author should confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere, or been accepted by any other publication, and should send a declaration that the article is their own work.
  • Please include no more than 30 words of biographical information including current work, relevant qualifications, research interests etc, and confirm if you would like your email address published.

How to submit an article

Please contact the editor, Amanda Anderson, at: thresholds.editorial@bacp.co.uk in the first instance if you have an idea for an article. Please note that publication is at the editor's discretion and is not guaranteed. Authors who are not members of BACP Spirituality may ask to see a sample issue of the journal in advance to have a clearer sense of Thresholds' style. Please include with your submission your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address, if available.

Book review guidelines

If you have arranged with the editor to review a book for Thresholds, the review  should be constructive, objective and honest. It should begin with an overview, followed by what you particularly enjoyed, then should cover any omissions or limitations, and it should be completed with a conclusion and recommendation as regards suitability for any specific target readership. The word count should not exceed 400 words. Please note that all reviews may be edited and are included at the editor’s discretion. Please note that we expect that all work connected to book reviews to be undertaken in the spirit of BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

When structuring your review, you may find it helpful to consider:

  • Is the book essential or marginal reading?
  • How does it compare with other similar works?
  • What are the strengths and any weaknesses of the book?
  • What do you regard as the ‘best’ aspect of the book?
  • Are there any significant omissions?
  • How useful is it for practitioners and why?
  • Which target audience is the book aimed at and appropriate for?

Please include the ISBN, price, author and publisher details at the start of the review. Please also include your name and preferred designation, eg counsellor, (which will be published at the end) and add a mailing address (which will not be published) so we can post you a copy of the journal when published.
Please email your review, preferably as a Word document attachment, to the editor, Amanda Anderson, at thresholds.editorial@bacp.co.uk

To contact BACP Spirituality please e-mail Spirituality@bacp.co.uk