John is an experienced BACP counsellor, gaining a Diploma in Counselling at the Human Development and Training Institute, New Zealand. He also trained in psychodrama. He believes anyone can make the changes they want.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Career coaching
- Changing bad habits
- Communication skills
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Cross-cultural relationships
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Fear of public speaking
- Gender issues
- Homesickness and expat identity
- Identity issues
- Internet addiction
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Masculinity and men’s issues
- Personal development
- Physical abuse
- Relationship difficulties
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual problems
- Social anxiety
Types of client I see
- Older people
Languages I speak
- Room 607 at Chandlery Cottage, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7QY
Types of therapy I offer
- Attachment-based psychotherapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
- Organisational consultancy
- Person-centred psychotherapy
I am a fully qualified (DipCouns) and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I work with clients both on a short (6–12 sessions) and longer-term, more in-depth basis, depending on the needs of each individual. It is essential for me to build a solid therapeutic alliance with everyone I work alongside and find ways that suit each person best.
While my initial training was in a person-centred approach, I have also learnt and apply other humanistic, cognitive and psychodynamic approaches in my practice because one size does not fit all. Every person who comes to counselling brings their own unique questions, needs and preferences.
My aim is to tailor counselling sessions to suit that uniqueness so that people can find their own answers to their own questions.
Training and qualifications
I began my career in counselling in the late 1990s working as a trained volunteer on the crisis hotline for Youthline in Auckland, New Zealand. Realising how much I loved the work, I decided to undertake formal counselling training at the Human Development and Training Institute, concurrently with training in psychodrama at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama, which I had begun in 1998. From 2000–06 I worked with a community therapy agency, and in 2000 I also opened my private practice.
Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of people dealing with a range of issues. As part of my private practice, I have also:
- facilitated life skills groups for adolescent boys
- trained teachers in mental health promotion programmes for the NZ Mental Health Foundation
- provided anti-harassment workshops for the NZ Human Rights Commission
- trained new crisis hotline volunteers at Youthline
- established and provided supervision for Youthline’s Alternative Education school
- provided training and support to a range of Auckland schools on sexual safety and anti-harassment
In 2004, I also began working as a team and individual coach and trainer/facilitator for a number of commercial and not-for-profit organisations through my company, Quantum Shift.
In my current private practice, I continue to work alongside people who are dealing with a broad range of issues.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework.
£75–£85 per 50-minute session.