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About me

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist"

Friedrich Nietzsche

In a warm, confidential and private space, I will listen to your experience and work alongside your feelings. I will offer help to gain new personal insights and shine a light on your inner strength.

With 10 years experience working alongside all kinds of mental health diagnosis and challenging emotions, I fully appreciate just how difficult it can be.

I can you help to:

  • Feel more comfortable about getting your own needs met
  • Drop coping mechanisms that are no longer helpful
  • Sleep better
  • Grow in confidence and feel better about yourself
  • Let go of past guilt and shame
  • Understand yourself better
  • Feel less anxious
  • Find some peace

Fully insured and a member of the BACP

  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal thoughts and ideas
  • Self Esteem/Body Image
  • Anger
  • Work Related Problems
  • Stress
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Mental Health
  • coping
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety

As well as other difficulties we face in life, not listed here.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
  • Diploma in Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse counselling
  • Motivational interviewing.
  • Mentalisation with Anna Freud institute.
  • Lv. 3 Counselling Studies + Lv. 2 Counselling Skills
  • Adult anxiety & depression
  • Working with Guilt and Shame
  • Personality Disorder Awareness
  • MHFA + MHFA for Veterans
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable adults
  • Creative Therapy with Children and Young People
  • Mindfulness
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy (children and young people)

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Counselling sessions are charged at £50 per counselling hour (50 minutes session time)

Contact us to set up an initial consultation session charged at £25.

Counselling at your home costs as above, plus £1 per mile travelled in each direction.

See website for more details.


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

Onsite parking Available. Central Abingdon.


Skype and Face to Face available (Jan2021)

Out of Hours Counselling

Mon-Fri 6pm-10pm

Weekends 10am-6pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


John Bristow - Dip.Couns - SAC.Dip - MBACP - Abingdon Counselling.

John Bristow - Dip.Couns - SAC.Dip - MBACP - Abingdon Counselling.