John Harrison

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred)
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Hornchurch RM11 & Dagenham RM8
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About me

I am a professionally trained, experienced psychodynamic counsellor in east London, based in Hornchurch, Essex. I provide counselling in east London, and cover the London boroughs of Newham, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Hackney and other areas in Essex.

My experience of mental health has meant working with and helping a wide range of clients, some from local psychiatric services and reaching clinical outcomes. Many of the clients I have worked with have been diagnosed as anxious and / or depressed. Clients have reported feeling significantly better after 12 weeks of counselling, which has also been demonstrated in evaluations. Demonstrable outcomes may also include clients no longer requiring psychiatric medications or treatment by medical services, client’s no longer being at risk of harm to themselves or others, improved social and professional functioning.

I specialise in helping with relationship issues. Often this can mean relationships with others. But also, our relationships with ourselves. Typically, the two go hand in hand. This is considered improving one's interpersonal relationships.

I always seek client’s beneficence and respect client’s autonomy, maintaining trust, confidentiality and boundaries at all times. I work hard to understand the concerns that clients bring and I am aware of my responsibilities; I work with personal and professional integrity.

I am motivated and driven particularly in relation to mental health. I am passionate about it and have dedicated my working life to enhance others ability to help themselves.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a professionally trained and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred), BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I have a wide range of experience over many years including training and practicing at Highgate Counselling Centre, working at The Counselling Foundation, Thurrock Mind and private practice. As-well as working as a Clinical Affiliate for various Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s). And as a Step 3 High Intensity Psychological Therapist for a number of IAPT services, (NHS).

This experience means being particularly focussed on client's presenting issues and difficulties. In order to be the most helpful I can be.

I hold a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Highgate Counselling Centre, London.

I am a full professional member of the BACP, MBACP (Accred), I work to and aspire to the qualities of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I participate in peer support programmes and undertake ongoing professional development, to ensure that my practice affords the best-informed care. I am an ambassador for the counselling profession. I am mindful of my responsibilities, I maintain trust and confidentiality at all times.

I am a British Psychoanalytic Council accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) practitioner

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for low mood / depression

What is DIT?

DIT is a time-limited (16 sessions) psychodynamic therapy that has been specifically developed for the treatment of low mood / depression.

One of the main ideas in psychodynamic therapy is that when something is very painful we can find ourselves trying to ignore it (it’s a bit like the saying “out of sight, out of mind”). Most of the time we know when we’re doing this, but sometimes we can bury something so successfully that we lose sight of it completely. This is why difficult experiences in the past can continue to affect the way we feel and behave in the present. DIT provides people with a safe place to talk openly about how they feel and to understand what might have contributed to becoming depressed.

Sharing ideas about what you want to achieve

When your therapist has enough information they will begin thinking with you about what it would be most helpful for you to focus on over the 16 sessions. This is also an opportunity to agree with your therapist about what you want out of the therapy. In DIT the therapist will typically aim to help you to work on a recurrent pattern in your relationships.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Fees for ongoing sessions vary from £50 per session, depending on your circumstances. We will discuss and agree a workable fee in the first session.

I do have a limited number of concessionary rates for students and clients who are on lower incomes. Please contact me to discuss this further.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me to discuss agreeable days and times. I do have some daytime, evening and weekend availability.

Further information

There is a great deal of theory behind this work, but ultimately it is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist which is the most important thing.

Arguably this is the vehicle of change and allows the work to take place in the here and now, with reference to other times in your life, including your experiences, feelings, thoughts, phantasies and dreams.

If there are things troubling you, if you are feeling low, if you have questions or doubts or you do not understand your feelings then it is likely that you would benefit from counselling.

Do get in touch to discuss your needs further and how I'm likely to be able to help you.

Hornchurch, Essex, RM11

Dagenham, Essex, RM8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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John Harrison
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