Hi, welcome to my website. My name is John and I am passionate about helping people to overcome challenges in their lives. I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
My journey started when I found counselling to be of great help after spending many years feeling lost, experiencing low mood and anxiety and generally being unhappy with the person I had become.
Through counselling I was able to find direction and work out what I needed to do to live a happier, healthier life. This journey has not been easy but it has been rewarding and has led me to want to help others to overcome their own personal challenges, whatever they may be.
I worked as a mechanic for many years and decided to change my career in my early thirties following my personal counselling experience. Since that time I have worked both paid and voluntary helping many people to live happier healthier lives.
Please read through the information on the website and by all means contact me if you are unsure about anything regarding the counselling process.
There are many approaches to counselling which can be confusing for someone seeking the help of a qualified practitioner. I was trained as a person-centred counsellor and believe in this approach as the theory relies heavily on the relationship between client and counsellor.
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages, with a range of personal issues. Many people find it an appealing type of therapy because it allows them to keep control over the content and pace of sessions, and there is no worry that they are being evaluated or assessed in any way.
The non-direct style of person-centred counselling is thought to be more beneficial to those who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, and for those who want to address specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking.
The approach is said to be particularly effective in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, grief and most other mental health concerns.
These issues can have a significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness, and person-centred therapy can help people to reconnect with their inner self in order to overcome any limitations.
Some of the reasons people seek counselling are:
Personal Development Addictions Anxiety Stress Depression Bereavement Anger Phobias Self-confidence
Low self-esteem Emotional or Physical Abuse Loss of direction Relationship difficulties Positive Change Loneliness Loss
How I work
Although my basic training is in person-centred counselling I will always respond to my clients needs which may mean using other approaches that are within my capability. Where the clients needs are not suited to my style of therapy we could discuss working with a more suitable counsellor or appropriate health care professional or agency.
I work alongside you to explore what it is you want from counselling and hopefully help you move forward feeling happier and with more clarity. Talking through things with someone who will listen properly, without judgement, can help you to unravel the issues you have brought to counselling and help you to make sense of them. I believe that everyone has the potential to overcome their issues through talking therapy and go on to live a happier healthier life. I am not an expert on all things nor am I here to tell you how to live your life.
Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions you like about the counselling process. If you are happy to go ahead with counselling we can then arrange a time that suits us both and meet at the counselling suite. People are often nervous on the first appointment which is to be expected so please don't let this deter you from attending. You may well decide after one or two sessions that person-centred counselling is not for you or simply you feel another counsellor would be better. I respect that finding the right counsellor for you is very important as trust and openness are key to a successful counselling process and above all, you need to feel comfortable with your counsellor.
On the first session we will discus the counselling process and then we will begin our work together. A counselling session will last for 50 minutes and is normally done weekly on the same day and time. However, I do understand that circumstances often change so can be flexible from week to week where possible. Weekly sessions are recommended initially then we may look at fortnightly and even monthly if that is appropriate and you are happy with this arrangement. You can cease our work together at any time and there is no pressure to see me any longer than you wish to.
I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) which means I am bound by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and Professional Conduct Procedure.
To read the BACP Ethical Framework click here
To find out more about the BACP click here
You can also view my profile on the Counselling Directory website here
I work with anyone over the age of 18 in a safe, non-judgemental environment and I have the use of offices in Westhoughton and Little Hulton where sessions will take place. Please see prices below.
50 minute session: £35 (lower rates are available for low income clients)
Payment can be made using cash, cheque or bank transfer
I do not currently offer counselling for couples.
Please feel free to contact me using your preferred method below. If I am not available I will usually get back to you within 24 hours.
Tel: 07717 048748 Email:
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