John Collins - Adv. Dip in Psychotherapy Individuals and Couples
There are times in all of our lives when we would benefit from some help and support. Things can and do change for the better . . . there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I know some people may feel anxious approaching a Therapist for the first time, I like to make it as simple and comfortable as possible.
I have worked as a Therapist for over twenty years. I work short / medium / longterm depending on a client's needs. I have extensive experience of working with individuals, families and couples on a wide range of issues.
I am an Integrated Psychotherapist which means I have trained in more than one approach. I believe this is of benefit to clients because it allows me to vary how we work together in order to get to a positive outcome sooner rather than later. I realise most people do not have the time or money to spend years in Therapy. I do not believe in a 'one size fits all' approach because we are not all in the same place at the same time.
I tend to see clients in the evening but can be flexible around days as well.
I offer a safe and confidential environment. During sessions I will have observations to share, I prefer to interact with clients rather than just sit nodding. I will offer suggestions to build on the progress made so clients can ‘experience’ change. I do not view sessions as isolated moments but see them and the time between sessions as part of an overall process of change. I want to help clients help themselves. My sessions are aimed at 50 minutes but sometimes go over because if something valuable is happening I prefer to allow it to run to a positive conclusion.
It is important whoever you choose to see is properly trained and qualified. What is equally important is that you feel comfortable with the Therapist. In my opinion the only way you are going to know this is by having an initial conversation / consultation which does not involve money or commitment. I offer prospective clients an opportunity for us to meet without cost or obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy
European Certification in Clinical Hypnosis
Certificate in Psychotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Theory
Registered with United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy
Registered with European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy
Fellowship membership of the National College Student and Alumi Guild
As part of my Continuous Professional Development requirements I have attended training in various areas, a selection of which is below :
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Protect and Safeguard Young People/Child Protection level I and level 2
Staying Brief with Young People and Families
Awakening Attachments Needs in Troubled Young People
Medical issues in Psychotherapy
Solution Focussed Therapy for Couples
Supervision Training: One to One and Group (Incorporating Solution Focussed Brief Therapy)
Eating Disorders: Diagnostic Criteria and Therapeutic Interventions
Emotional Freedom Therapy
'Not just talking' - workshop
Enlightenment in Daily Life (Time Therapy)
Research for Therapists in Practice
Protecting Vulnerable Adults
Supervision Skills for Complex Cases (Mental Health)
I provide supervision to colleagues and attend peer supervision
I have Professional Liability Insurance
Current Enhanced CRB
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free no obligation initial consultation
£45 per session for individuals
£55 for couples
Due to Covid I am currently seeing Clients ‘virtually’ via Skype or FaceTime.