John Paul Cassie
Hello and welcome!
I offer psychotherapy and counselling with a practical, holistic and down to earth approach. Sessions are tailor-made specifically for you, and we will discuss and formulate them together. I believe in a relational approach that is as close to everyday-life as possible, while creating a safe, respectful and boundaried space for us to work in. Therapy sessions are an hour long.
While I bring sensitivity and acceptance and offer a safe listening space, I also enjoy working in a more active way, for example: offering perhaps relaxation and resourcing exercises during sessions. Additionally I might give suggestions for reading material and further study, keeping a journal, and other potential therapeutic activities that might be explored between your sessions.
If you would like help focusing in on a particular problem, or perhaps want a more open, spacious 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 trauma-work (Comprehensive Resource Model), 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; creative imagination; dreams; meditation practices; life transitions; managing stress and workplace stress; navigating burn-out; facing illness and supporting self recovery; breathwork; and discovering meaning and purpose in life.
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 previous NLP Practitioner training with the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming. Following many years of study in traditional South Indian martial arts (Kalarippayat) and healing methods, I gained a teaching license from the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy in Kerala, South India. I taught Kalari in London and other places for many years.
While training as a psychotherapist, I worked for five years as a mental health counsellor and support worker for a third-sector specialist mental health service in partnership with the NHS in North London. In this setting, I gained much practical on-the-ground MH experience and in a variety of NHS and charitable settings, working particularly with anxiety and depression, and the sometimes acute difficulties of isolation and exclusion.
I am currently working in private practice, and I also work with an Edinburgh-based charity offering low cost psychotherapy and counselling.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transpersonal and spiritual development / body-mind coordination / meditation / dreams / life transitions / finding meaning and purpose / serious and-or life threatening illness / burn-out / trauma / martial arts
I charge £50 per hour. I may be able to offer some lower-cost sessions through the psychotherapy & counselling charitable organisation that I work with in Edinburgh.
I am currently available online and for some walk-and-talk sessions (Borders EH45) Monday daytime, and online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.