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About us – in8

Alec and Bindi and the story behind the cards

Hello and welcome to in8

Alec and Bindi both trained as psychotherapists and for 15 years ran a private practice in Wiltshire. We helped clients who struggled with anxiety due to a wide range of issues including depression, addiction, phobias and trauma. Although we no longer offer human givens psychotherapy, we recognise that the approach gives valuable insights into the way that people behave.

We soon recognised that whatever the presenting issue, anxiety was a common concern for everyone who came to us. We also realised that we needed a practical tool to help our clients understand why they were stressed, and to figure out what they could do about it.

The fundamental ideas which underpin our therapeutic approach are powerful, effective, evidence-based, and helped our clients to make rapid progress. We wanted to share these ideas, not only with our clients but also with our colleagues in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

With this in mind in 2013, we created a resource that we could use with our clients – in8 Cards. This proved to be so effective that we started training other practitioners to use these cards as well as helping people to use them for themselves on a personal level. In doing so, we witnessed many therapists, coaches, teachers and mentors transform their practice, helping more of their clients to live more fulfilled and stress-free lives without the need for complex language, medication or long term support. The revised edition of in8 Cards is now known as Anxiety Freedom Cards

Prior to training as psychotherapists and building our own practice, we worked in healthcare in both the NHS and complementary medicine. Recognising that far more people needed help than could be helped by the NHS, or the voluntary sector or private practice, we saw the need to offer resources that might help many, many more people to overcome stress, anxiety and depression.

We have trained businesses, NHS staff and voluntary organisations as well as psychotherapists and counsellors.

We have both personally overcome some emotional health issues and had family members who struggled with extreme anxiety and chronic depression. We now enjoy a rich life as parents, step-parents and grandparents.


Alec Stansfield – FHGI, BSc(hons), HG.Dip.P

Alec is a Fellow of the Human Givens Institute. He achieved a distinction in the first Advanced Human Givens course held in 2006. He no longer offers human givens psychotherapy but uses some of the insights gained from his fifteen years experience as a therapist in his personal development coaching programme.

He has always been interested in patterns – in music, art, relationships and life. For many years he earned a living by recognising and building patterns in data using computer technology. He was the first full time Managing Director of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

A brief period of depression following divorce in 1996 triggered his curiosity about depression. When first exposed to human givens ideas he was excited to find a solid and scientific framework for understanding human behaviour – the key element being that we perceive and understand the world by pattern matching each experience to our own internal patterns. Now he is applying his interest in patterns to working with people, to help them achieve their own goals. He is a dedicated father, keen musician and guitarist and holds DBS clearance.


Bindi Gauntlett

Bindi has worked as a nurse, a psychotherapist, and parent specialist. She is a trainer, an author, co-founder of in8 and founder of ‘the guilt free mum’. She is a proud mum, step-mum and granny. 

During 2020 Bindi moved from a general psychotherapy practice to working as a mentor for mothers and developing and running training and resources for in8.

One of Bindi’s favourite quotes is from Maya Angelou,

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”