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John Bradley BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor for Children and Young People

Hull, HU8 9BA
0790 191 3291 0790 191 3291 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hello! My name is John. Thank you for visiting my profile. I hope that you find it helpful.

COVID-19 Update:
During the coronavirus pandemic, I am offering counselling by telephone. Please contact me to book your free exploratory session to see if this is right for you.

Helpful NHS information regrading Coronavirus: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Helpful BACP information regarding Coronavirus: www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/coronavirus/

I am caring, person centred counsellor and I enjoy working with children and young people.

Coming to counselling is a courageous step for children and young people. I aim to offer you a safe, supportive and honest therapeutic relationship. I will listen respectfully and compassionately to you. I will go at your own pace and I will not tell you what to do.

In addition to talking therapy, I may also offer you the opportunity to work creatively. This means that I may offer you the opportunity to use drawing, puppets, stories and russian dolls in your counselling sessions. Such creative ways of working I have found really helpful for children/young people in enabling them to begin to express how they are feeling.

I have attended counselling and I feel that I have greatly benefited from it. Counselling has helped me to understand myself much better. It has allowed me to develop more caring ways of dealing with the many challenges in my life.

I can offer both short-term counselling (usually up to 6 sessions) and long term counselling (sometimes over many months).

If you are unsure of whether counselling is for you or your child, please do get in contact and I will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Diploma in Adolescent and School Counselling - The Metanoia Institute, London
  • BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Children and Young People)
  • Diploma in Counselling: Using the Person Centered Approach - The Sherwood Institute, Nottingham
  • Certificate in Working with Children and Young People - PCCS Training, Manchester
  • Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Play - PCCS Training, Manchester
  • BACP Individual Accreditation Counsellor/Psychotherapist
  • Certificate in Person Centered Supervision - The Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development
  • BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor (of Individual Counsellors)

I have attended Hull Local Safeguarding Children's Board training workshops:

  • Level 1 Safeguarding Children
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Children
  • Identifying Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Pre-Pubescent Children
  • Identifying Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Adolescents

I have also completed:
* How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer -  a course by BACP & Open University
* Moving your practice online - a course by Online Therapy Institute
* Youth Mental Health First Aid - a course by Mental Health England

I am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development by attending CPD workshops/courses.

Counselling Experience:
I have over 21 years experience working with children and young people. Previously, I have worked for the following organisations:

  • Youth Information Counselling Unit in Beverley (working with young people aged 13 to 25 years old),
  • Youth Counselling Unit in Hull (working with young people aged 13 to 25 years old),
  • YPSS Counselling Service in Hull (working with young people aged 10 to 25 years old).
  • Lincoln University's Counselling Service (working with university students aged 18 upwards),
  • Additionally, I have completed a 2 year placement at Hull University’s Counselling Service (working with university students aged 18 upwards).

Currently, I offer counselling to young people (aged 11 to 18 years old) in two Hull secondary schools.
I also work in private practice seeing children, young people and adults and I am based at the Ellesmere Centre, Hull. 

Professional Memberships:
I am a Senior Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am also a member of the BACP's Children and Young People Division.
My practice is informed by the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I hold a current enhanced DBS check certificate.

I also hold professional indemnity insurance.

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 also work with a range of issues affecting children and young people:

  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Family secrets
  • Family break up and parents separating / divorcing
  • Moving Schools (from primary school to secondary school and leaving school)
  • Relationship issues (with friends and family)

There is no problem too big or too small to discuss in counselling.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos


Counselling in Schools/Academies:
I am happy to offer counselling at your school or academy (with school's or academy's permission).
Please contact me to agree fees.

Counselling at the Ellesmere Centre:
I charge £40 per session.
I can accept payment by cash or a cheque, or bank transfer.
I can also provide you with a receipt, if required.

Further information

I am able to offer counselling at either the Ellesmere Centre or in Schools/Academies.

There is a car park at the rear of the Ellesmere Centre.

If you would like to arrange a counselling appointment in your school or academy, please do get in contact to discuss this with me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

The Ellesmere Centre For Psychotherapy and Training
861 Holderness Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

The Ellesmere Centre has a wheelchair accessible counselling room. It also has an accessible toilet. No steps.


I offer appointments for counselling and supervision on Mondays and Tuesdays 900am to 600pm.

Types of client

Young people


I am a Person Centered supervisor and have been providing supervision since 2008.

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John Bradley  BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor for Children and Young People

John Bradley BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor for Children and Young People