In my experience most people come to therapy because they are experiencing pain. Not so much in the physical sense, more psychological and emotional pain. The pain can take many forms; the pain of dealing with anxiety or addiction, the pain of depression and repeating cycles of harmful behaviour patterns, the pain brought about by trauma or the pain of not being sure of one’s identity or how to successfully relate to others.
Often the pain stems from years of low self esteem and my philosophy is that because pain is what often brings people to therapy, the creation of comfort should be the goal of therapy. To change from pain to comfort means finding ways of facing, naming and resolving that pain. I have trained in counselling, psychotherapy, NLP and hypnotherapy and I will use combinations of these to help clients find and tap into their own often unconscious resources. With help and support clients can often find their own creative solutions to the pain which brings them to therapy in the first place. Therapy then becomes a dynamic, creative process where outcomes are more important than sticking rigidly to just one therapeutic approach.
The different therapies usually on offer can feel confusing to those seeking therapy and yet many studies have shown that the most crucial ingredient in the effectiveness of any therapy is not so much the type of therapy being used but the relationship between therapist and client. To that end my priority is always to try and create an environment where the client feels valued, listened to, comfortable and never judged. It's all about the relationship and building trust.
My background is in counselling having trained in adolescent counselling back in 1991 at Cambridge School of Education. Until 2016 I used this training to support students within schools who were experiencing a range of problems including anger issues, bereavement, trauma, behaviour problems, OCD and anxiety and depression. I would also work with other professionals to support students. In 2007 I qualified as a hypnotherapist and have been on the General Hypnotherapy Register since then. Over the last 10-12 years I started to combine hypnotherapy and counselling in work I did with adults but this always took second place to my full-time work within education. When I did work with older clients I found that sometimes counselling on its own was not always effective in helping clients move forward and make the changes they desired. I started to change the way I worked and I trained in other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT). Instead of trying to fit clients into a set pattern or type of therapy I started to tailor a therapeutic approach using different methods to best meet the needs of the clients.
Since retiring from full-time work in education I have been working on bringing all this together so that I could offer clients a different experience of therapy. I do some voluntary work using my counselling skills but my passion is working one to one with people over a period of time.
I work from home in the village of Fingringhoe which is a short drive and about 3.5 miles from the centre of Colchester. I have a pleasant room in my house which is set up for therapy. My sons are grown up and live away from home so the house is quiet and confidentiality assured. I know that the relationship between client and therapist is the single most important element in effective therapy and it is vital that clients feel confidence in the therapist they choose. That is why I advise clients to book an initial session at just £25 and then reflect to see if they wish to continue. I then normally charge £35 for one hour. If a client wishes for intensive hypnotherapy I charge between £40-60 depending on the nature of the problem to be addressed.
The range of issues that I have helped clients with over the years include the following:
Anxiety and depression
Eating disorders and weight management
Domestic abuse and sexual violence
Fears and phobias
Self -esteem issues
Alcohol and substance abuse
If you feel that my approach could help you please contact me by phone or e- mail. I also offer therapy via Skype for clients who find it difficult to meet face to face.
I am on the General Hypnotherapy Register, have certificates in Counselling and a diploma in Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have an enhanced police check as I still do some work in educational settings.
John was very helpful and offered a lot of new insights and ideas/ways of thinking. It has helped me to change the way I think about things.
John is very experienced and from the first session I saw some kind of improvement which is a huge contrast from the other counsellors I saw. I would recommend him to anyone, he helped so much. More...
Very understanding and thought provoking. Patient, kind and made me feel extremely comfortable from the start.
I have found John to be a highly professional source of support for my child. He is innovative in his approach and has given them the space and time to work through ideas and identify next steps. I can’t recommend him enough.