Hi, I'm John. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and counsellor. I aim to provide a welcoming and confidential space for you to share whatever has brought you to counselling. I work in West Bridgford, Nottingham, which is easily accessible by tram and bus from surrounding areas, and there is ample unlimited on-street car parking where I work.
What can psychotherapy do for you?
Probably the most common reasons people come for psychotherapy are anxiety, depression and sadness, perhaps combined with a nagging and persistent feeling that somehow they are just 'not themselves'. It can feel there is a 'real you' out there, but it is elusive and can be very hard to find on your own. It may be that you have already gone down different paths to find what seems to be missing in your life, only to end up feeling dissatisfied.
You may be disillusioned with current experiences in your home or work life, or troubled by previous experiences or traumas. You may not know what you want, or how to go about even starting to find out what it is you want, and to sort your life out. Or, you may be plagued by so many doubts, thoughts and fears about your life you feel overwhelmed; stuck and unsure how to move forward.
The purpose of psychotherapy is to explore your own unique and individual experience of what it is like to be you in this world and uncover and replenish parts of your Self that have remained hidden and unavailable. Integration is this process of bringing the 'real' you back; happier, more confident, and assured in your sense of Self-identity and direction.
In general people also come to counselling for:
- Traumatic experiences
- Domestic abuse and violence
- Alcohol and drug addiction
- Couples counselling
- Sexual abuse
- Loss of identity
- Unsatisfactory relationships
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Integrative Psychotherapist. I trained at the Sherwood Institute of Psychotherapy in Nottingham. I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and I am a member of the UKCP and BACP professional organisations.
I am also a fully qualified doctor (MB, BS) with a post-graduate qualification in Anaesthetics and Pain Management (FRCA).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
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
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
Individuals £50 per hour.
Couples £55 per hour
Students on a recognised psychotherapy training program £45 per hour
A common question is what is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
This is to do with the depth at which you work, which is a hard concept to understand until the work begins. One analogy used is that counselling is like having a new kitchen fitted, so that it feels more functional and useful. Psychotherapy on the other hand is a process of going through the house, room by room, clearing out all the clutter, and re-decorating, before moving on to the next room, until every room in the house is how you want it to be. The house now feels peaceful and like the home you have always wished for. This process takes time and skilled guidance, and should only be undertaken by a qualified psychotherapist.