John Fletcher - Counsellor & Psychotherapist
19 Church Street
07717 336152 / 01625 614754
You may be seeking counselling or psychotherapy for reasons such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, anger, loss, self-esteem, identity problems, feeling lost, or difficult events in your past or present.
You may have tried to numb painful feelings with distractions such as overwork, technology, dramatic relationships, people pleasing, achievement, hiding, medication, alcohol, drugs, sex…. the list of alternatives is endless. But by pushing away our unaddressed difficult feelings, they remain stuck or even intensify over time.
I have come to see that these difficult feelings aren’t individual problems in need of isolated treatment, but that they are clear messages from within ourselves of the need for change.
It can be tempting to try to “fix” difficult and painful feelings – to seek strategies or to medicate so that they can be managed, worked around, or overcome. And whilst we may find some relief for a time, the truth is that our feelings are our bodies’ own messages to ourselves, and only when we learn to listen to, accept and act upon those feelings - through self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-awareness - do we find ourselves able to take new actions and decisions that are entirely right for ourselves.
When we do, we find our lives changing in ways that were previously unimaginable. We learn the power of taking action that meets our true needs and leads to satisfaction and contentment. We see that previous habits of numbing or avoidance have only served to keep us where we were, and we inevitably develop a determination to change them. We become comfortable in our own skin and experience the joy and freedom of living authentically.
It takes courage and honesty to look at ourselves in this way, and it can be difficult to know where to start. My therapeutic approach is to provide a confidential environment of trust, understanding, compassion and respect within which we work to break out of old patterns, and make permanent changes towards a more fulfilling way to live with both ourselves and others.
This is the work of permanent lasting change – when we empower ourselves with the right and possibility to create a different future for ourselves.
Ready to start?
- Contact me by phone or email to set up an initial session, or if there are some questions you'd like to ask first.
- Then in our initial session, we'll get to meet each other, talk about what you want to get out of working together, and give you further opportunity to ask any questions.
- If working together will benefit you and you're happy to continue, we'll set up a second session, and arrange to meet regularly for an initial period of time.
- As we work together we'll review your progress, to make sure we the work is useful and is benefitting you. There is no specific time limit on how long I work with clients - it can be for a shorter or longer period and we will discuss this together, whatever is most useful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified, Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and work within the Ethical Framework of the BACP. This means that:
- I am listed on the BACP Register – which is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
- I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
- I am responsible for my own ongoing professional development and receive regular professional supervision to ensure the quality and effectiveness of my practice
- I carry professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
2010/2012 Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Salford.
2008/2009 Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, Manchester Metropolitan University.
I have supported clients through a range of issues including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Family and relationship issues
- Low self-confidence and self-esteem
- Male and female identity and self-image
- Anger, passivity and passive aggressive behaviour
- Forming or sustaining meaningful relationships
- Historic childhood abuse
- Chronic shame and guilt
- Loss and bereavement
- Workplace difficulties and bullying
- Loss of purpose and pleasure in life
- Feeling stuck
- Unexpected life crises
Ongoing professional development
I am responsible for my own ongoing personal and professional development, which I integrate into my practice and includes:
- Vulnerability & shame
- Working with anger
- Childhood abuse
- Bereavement & Loss
I have also spent nearly 20 years working in business, having made a series of life changes in my journey as a therapist, and I also bring this experience into my practice where it is relevant and useful.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Existence and the search for meaning in life
Silk House Therapy Practice: my fees are £45 - £55 for a 50 to 60 minute session. My fees for corporate and insurance clients are £55.
Home visits: my fees are £65 for a 60 minute session in Macclesfield and nearby areas, which includes travel and time I allow either side of home visit sessions. (Fees may vary to take into account travel time and distance.)
I practice at Silk House Therapy Practice in Macclesfield. For directions see: http://www.silkhousetherapypractice.co.uk/find-us.html.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays and Fridays at Silk House Therapy in Macclesfield, including evening appointments on Mondays after 7.00pm. I offer home visits for those physically struggling to attend the Practice.
Types of client