John is a Human Givens psychotherapist, registered mental health nurse and non-medical prescriber. He has 30 years’ experience working in mental health, particularly with addictions, trauma, PTSD, phobias and depression.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Adoption/abandonment issues
- Affairs and betrayals
- Ageing and retirement
- Anger management
- Behavioural problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Bipolar disorder
- Body image
- Career coaching
- Changing bad habits
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Communication skills
- Compulsive hoarding
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Creative blocks
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Educational performance
- Emotional abuse
- Existential crises
- Family issues
- Fear of public speaking
- Gender issues
- Health anxiety/hypochondriasis
- Homesickness and expat identity
- Identity issues
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Internet addiction
- Lack of energy
- Loneliness and isolation
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Masculinity and men’s issues
- Nail biting
- Obsessive–compulsive tendencies
- Panic attacks
- Perfectionist traits
- Personal development
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Procrastination and 'stuckness'
- Psychological abuse
- Regaining control of emotions
- Relationship difficulties
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Social anxiety
- Sports performance
- Suicidal thoughts
- Traumatic childhood
- Weight management
- Work-related issues
Types of client I see
- Older people
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Languages I speak
- Room 31 at 175–7 Borough High Street, SE1 1HR
Types of therapy I offer
- Human Givens
Firstly, I can understand how frightening it can feel to approach someone for therapy, especially as it can be assumed that you are already feeling vulnerable.
Together, we will explore the specific problem you experience and look at your life generally in terms of your needs and resources. I will listen without judgement and check that you have been understood in terms of what the problem is. No problem is too big or too small.
We then clarify what you see as your goal – which is usually for the problem to be gone. It’s important to know that therapy sessions progress at your pace.
There are a variety of strategies that I use to help you resolve the problem quickly. For example, trauma, PTSD and phobias can often be treated very quickly with a technique called ‘rewind’.
Similarly, other problems such as anxiety, depression and OCD can be easily treated using a combination of strategies related to CBT, brief solution therapy and behavioural tasks.
I always include deep relaxation and guided imagery as part of treatment, which is a very powerful way to ensure that the positive changes you want to see happen do happen in the real world.
My priority is that you can recover swiftly using the proven and effective solution-focused techniques of Human Givens therapy.
You can expect the sessions to be very enlightening, relaxing and uplifting. You can also expect to feel much better from the very first session. In fact, some clients have only needed a couple of sessions for their problem to be resolved.
Training, qualifications and experience
I have been working in the mental health field for over 30 years and can offer a wealth of experience and skills to help you resolve a wide variety of mental health problems and difficulties that you may be experiencing at the moment.
I am a fully qualified and registered Human Givens psychotherapist and also a registered mental health nurse, a non-medical prescriber.
I have an advanced DBS disclosure for your safety and reassurance.
I am fully registered with the:
Code of ethics
I adhere to the HGI and NMC codes of ethics.
Fees and availability
I offer an initial free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and to see if therapy with me is right for you.
I am currently available to offer therapy sessions on a Monday, though sessions can also be arranged for a Saturday or Sunday if required.
- 1-hour session: £60
- Reduced rates are available for individuals on a low income or not in employment; email or call me for more information
- 24 hours’ notice of cancellation is normally required, otherwise the session fee will be payable
I accept self-referrals and referrals from the NHS, GPs or ‘concerned others’, as long as consent is given.