Dr John Harris
Integrative Psychotherapist (MSC) and Doctor UKCP, BACP
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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
Coming for couples counselling can feel paticularly daunting. If you feel you are in crisis about the relationship, don't worry, you are not alone; this is a frequent reason for seeking help. Whatever has happened in the relationship, be it anger, affairs, children or money problems, the essence of couples counselling is to increase your understanding of your own awareness of how you are in relationship, and increase your understanding and awareness of your partner. I concentrate very much on helping develop a shared language for dealing with issues and communication, so that you will be able to start talking in a healthy and inclusive way to restore the clearer more positive feelings you once had for each other. I work in quite a directive way, making sure both parties have the space they need to feel heard. No matter what is discussed or revealed, I always work hard to hold the relationship you have together even if it feels impossible in that moment for you to do this.
Sometimes, relationships are not going to mend, and one or other partner wishes to move on. When this happens, dealing with the hurt, blame and baggage can facilitate a much more harmonious and balanced ending. This can be especially beneficial if there are children involved.
Couples counselling is best done weekly for the first 6-8 sessions, but after that it can be beneficial to move sessions to alternate weeks but for 90 minutes, (which is also a cost saving) and when harmony is restored once a month for 'top ups' until both partners feel they are back on track.
Whether you are looking for individual or couples therapy, in the first instance I prefer to be contacted by email. Please give a brief indication of what you are looking for from therapy. I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours. If I think I can be of help I like to have a 10-15 minute phone call at your convenience to make sure I would not be wasting your time by meeting up, and that I have availability.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals £50 per hour.
Couples £55 per hour
Students on a recognised psychotherapy training program £45 per hour
When I work
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.