About me

I am a experienced therapeutic counsellor/ Psychotherapist offering face to face counselling to Adults who are wishing to explore personal difficulties that are holding them back from the true potential in life.  I also specialised in my later years working with adult couples who are in conflict or feel stuck in their relationship. I have also provide a safe place for couples to work through  mediation through difficulties in separating. At present I am working Part time for a children's team offering counselling for children aged 5-11 within Norfolk and surrounding counties. 

With over 30 years working in the Health profession I've attained good listening skills and appreciate the importance to be able to offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for clients to consider and explore what may have brought them to counselling.

My work can be short term or open ended with adults clients.

My experience over the years has been supporting clients who have come to counselling due to crises, anxiety, depression, loss, physical and emotional abuse as well as addictive and repetitive life patterns.

The British Psychological Society defines counselling as a process "designed to help people improve their sense of well-being, alleviate their distress, resolve their crises and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions for themselves".

If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling with me, please telephone or email and we can set a date and time that is convenient for the both of us to explore your current situation and to decide if counselling and Psychotherapy is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • WPF  :Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • HBCF: Post Advanced -Diploma Quality certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • WPF : Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • WPF Certificate in Counselling Skills

I specialised in training as a Psychodynamic counsellor/ Psychotherapist following a long career working within Psychological services in the NHS and Charity organizations managing teams to support vulnerable Adults/ Families.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

Initial consultation £55.00

My fee is £50 for a once-weekly individual 50 minute session.

Costs for family and couples differ and would be discussed prior to booking an appointment.

Limited places for reduced fee for clients on a low income.

Further information

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and follow their ethical guidelines to run a safe professional practice.

I hold a CRB Enhanced Disclosure which is renewed every 3 years as I still work part time within the Health services.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
John Garside

John Garside