John Davis Ma, Bacp(reg)
Waterloo Community Counselling
Barley Mow Clinic
Greet House, Frazier Street
Sundance House Psychology Services
131-133 Roman Road
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. Hopefully this might be the first step for you in dealing with whatever may be troubling you. It is not easy finding the right therapist and making that initial contact but the sort of relationship that can emerge can be very fruitful & rewarding. We are all confronted from time to time with issues or difficulties which we cannot resolve on our own. We may not wish to worry or burden friends & family and so coming to see a therapist in a friendly, safe space can be of enormous help. I see it as my role to listen, work with you on whatever you bring and encourage you to think about new perspectives which, in turn, could help you to see things in a different and hopefully more positive way.
In our first session we will explore the issues which have brought you to therapy as well as your hopes and expectations of the process. It is also a chance for me to answer any questions you may have about how everything might work. If at the end of the session you would like to work with me, we can then make arrangements for our future work.
How I work…..it is my role to create a space where you feel safe, listened to and able to talk about whatever you wish to being to the session. It is not my job to tell you what to do but to help you find new ways of thinking about or dealing with things. I know from my own experience that therapy can help unblock unhelpful thought patterns and assist us in gaining new perspectives on difficult issues. I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor / Psychotherapist which means I have been trained in a number of approaches and draw upon these in our work.
What happens now.....if you would like to arrange an initial session, please give me a call or email me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Modern Languages and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I taught in schools at first and then in a sixth form college for many years where I had a number of roles including a 4 year period as a member of the senior management team. My real passion though was working with individual students struggling to stay in education and in my final years there I was responsible for safeguarding and created the innovative post of mental health officer; focusing on students whose mental health difficulties threatened their progress in education. I have had much experience working alongside mental health services (CAMHS), GPs and other organisations such as MIND. Much of my psychotherapeutic experience has been with adolescents as well as adults.
I completed a Foundation in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Regent's College and then obtained a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at Roehampton University. I have since undertaken further training, e.g. Relational CBT. I am a Registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
My approach to counselling / psychotherapy is integrative; my training having covered a number of approaches including person-centred, psychodynamic and existential.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
The first session is an opportunity to see if we can work well together and the charge for this session is £50.
£65 per session in Waterloo
£70 per session in Brentwood
Occasionally some reduced-cost sessions may become available for those on low income or students
Sessions take place every week at the same time. The length of our work together depends entirely on you. Some people come for just a few sessions to discuss a particular issue whilst others may stay long-term.
Whilst I have worked with all ages, I have much experience working with young people and I have delivered training sessions for colleges on Mental Health issues in education.
I am particularly interested in LGBT issues and have worked with many clients who wish to explore issues concerning sexuality & gender. I delivered a lecture to MA students on issues around sexuality in psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|