About me

Are you unhappy? Ill?
Anxious, depressed, afraid, angry?
Does love hurt?

Are you in the middle of the turmoil and uncertainty of life changes?
Are the losses that you've suffered sometimes just too hard to bear?

Wherever you are, whatever your distress, help is at hand. There is comfort. Things can change and get better. Storms pass and wounds heal. Breakdowns can turn into breakthroughs.

I'm interested in you, your difficulties and your life transitions, whatever they are, whether great or small. Maybe you want to change things, or maybe change is thrust upon you by illness, divorce, bereavement, redundancy, trauma, stress or other hardship. It's a hard-knock life, as the song goes. But it is from your darkest hours that you can emerge, accept and own your vulnerability, and discover your true strength.

Therapy is a place where you can become who you want to be—who you are meant to be. Where you can learn to live—if not the life you imagined, then the life that has been waiting for you all along. From my own experiences as both a counsellor and a client I can say for sure that therapy has the potential to transform lives.

I am an experienced UKCP-registered BACP-accredited Psychotherapist. I am an integrative therapist, which means I don’t subscribe to any one method, dogma or manual of techniques but instead draw on different approaches—especially existential, psychodynamic and relational ideas—to arrive at my own way of working, a way that honours you and makes use of the therapeutic relationship that will emerge and evolve between us.

I have a special interest in working with physical disability, illness, including neurological conditions and somatic symptoms, health anxiety and death anxiety.

Other areas of interest and expertise:
• anxiety and depression

• avoidant personality, narcissistic personality, "schizoid" personality

• bereavement

• existential issues and life transitions

• loneliness

• men's issues and the “midlife crisis" (at any age)

• relationship/dating/love/sex problems, affairs and betrayals, family issues/fertility/parenting, divorce

• work/careers/redundancy/relocation/acculturation

What happens in therapy
I can help you to take stock of your life, make sense of where you are and how you got here, and move forward to a better place. You will be in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space—a space to explore, reflect, experiment and play. You won't have to talk about anything or do anything that you don't want to. ​You will be supported. You won't be told what to do, but you may be challenged. It’s up to you how many sessions we have together. It could be a short-term piece of work for a few weeks or months, or a longer, open-ended arrangement for a year or several years.

We might decide to start by looking at your current problems and troubling symptoms, and then work together more deeply, seeking to understand and accept your patterns, relationships, history, all with an eye on better days ahead.

You may come to feel some of your issues can be changed, some can be accepted, all can be understood. These are lifelong processes of discovery.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • DCPsych Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University London
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University London
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University London
  • Practitioner Certificate in CBT, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University London
  • MSc in Development Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BSc Joint Honours in Psychology and Zoology, University of Bristol


Besides my private practice in Marylebone, Central London, my voluntary work includes:

  • National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neuropsychiatric Department, 2014-2015 (observer)
  • Ealing Abbey Counselling Service, 2014-2015
  • Westminster Mind, 2013-2015
  • West London Centre for Counselling, 2012-2014
  • Putneymead Group Medical Practice, 2012-2014
  • Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, 2011-2012
  • The Samaritans, 2009-2011

Professional memberships

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP): www.ukcp.org.uk (Registered)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): www.bacp.co.uk.
    Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS): www.bps.org.uk (Student Member)

My doctoral research is a qualitative study of the experience of progressive disability through the voices of people who have a degenerative, neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • I have a special interest in:
    avoidant personality, "schizoid" personality
    existential issues
    family issues, fertility, parenting
    life transitions
    low self-confidence, low self-esteem
    narcissistic personality
    men's issues
    the “midlife crisis" (at any age)
    physical health, illness and disability, including neurological conditions, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, somatic symptoms and disorders
    relationship issues, affairs and betrayals, sex problems, sexuality
    relocation /culture shock/acculturation

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Additional information

I am currently working exclusively by videoconference and phone.

My counselling fees are currently:

  • £80 per 50-minute session


I work Monday to Friday, including evenings, currently  exclusively online by video conference or by phone. I generally see clients once or twice a week, usually medium-to-long term.

Melcombe Place

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


Dr John Barton

Dr John Barton