John Paul Cassie
Hello and welcome! I offer psychotherapy and counselling with a practical and down to earth approach that will be tailor-made and appropriate to you. We will be working together, and I will not presume to know exactly what is going on for you, but I will be interested in hearing how things are. While I like to bring sensitivity and acceptance and offer a safe listening space, I also enjoy working in a more directive, active way: for example offering suggestions for reading material, and for potential therapeutic activities between your sessions.
If you would like help focusing on a particular problem, or perhaps want a more open exploration looking at different perspectives on an issue, then please contact me!
I am a psychotherapist and counsellor based in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, with additional training in Stress Management, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a Transpersonal and Integrative psychotherapist I bring many years of additional training and experience in Eastern martial arts, Yoga, Sufi meditation and Sufi Healing, all of which may influence and inform my approach, where appropriate. I offer individual psychotherapy and counselling to adults.
My areas of special interest are: transpersonal / spiritual development; meditation; life transitions; work-related stress and burn-out; illness and recovery; and meaning and purpose.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced UKCP Registered and Accredited psychotherapist and counsellor. I have additional qualifications including a Diploma in Stress Management (using a cognitive behavioural approach) from the Centre for Stress Management in London, and NLP Practitioner training with the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming. Following many years training in traditional South Indian martial arts (Kalarippayat), I gained a teaching license from the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy in North Kerala.
I worked as a counsellor - and prior to that - a support worker for a third-sector specialist mental health service in London for 4 years, where I gained much practical on-the-ground experience, working particularly with anxiety and depression, the challenges of medication, and the sometimes acute difficulties of isolation.
I am currently working in private practice, and I also work with an Edinburgh-based charity, offering psychotherapy and counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transpersonal / body-mind coordination / meditation / life transitions / finding meaning and purpose
Between £40 - £50 per session depending on income and circumstances. Some concessions available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am currently available in Peebles on Monday daytime, and Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.
Types of client