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About me

Perhaps right now you're going through something that's just too big to untangle alone, or maybe you feel you've got stuck and don't know how to move on from here.  In my counselling practice I aim to create a sanctuary for my clients to retreat to within their present life, to come to a deeper clarity and discover new ways to move forward.

I am a pluralistic therapist which means that I offer a therapeutic approach which is bespoke to you, and also one that we envisage together.  I have particular theoretical interests in existentialism, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a 3rd wave CBT), psychodynamic and humanistic approaches.  Each therapy is unique and I liken this to a journey - from where you were, to where you are, to where you're heading.  My practice is change oriented - together we can plot a course.  And central to my approach is that I accept you for who you are, and you may find that your knowledge of who you are, and how you are out there in the world, becomes clearer during therapy.

I can offer therapy for those struggling with depression, anxiety, family issues, feelings of aloneness, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss, fear of death, physical symptoms and other health issues, spiritual concerns and the search for meaning.

I can also offer support if you have been affected by the Covid-19 emergency.

My practice is based in the village of Bramham. In the tiered system I can offer sessions in physical space in tiers one and two - observing guidelines on keeping safe in the pandemic - however whilst Bramham is in tier three I am not able to offer physical sessions.  In any case I am practising online using Zoom software (or telephone if you prefer).

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Profile

Since 2019: University senior lecturer in Counselling and Mental Health

2016 – 2020 PhD modelling patterns of change in psychotherapy

Clinical practice history

Since 2018 - In private practice

2016 – 2019 Therapist at Aire, Wharfe and Craven Counselling in Keighley

2016 – 2017 Bereavement Counsellor with St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds

2014 – 2015 Counsellor (Step 3 intervention) at HMP Leeds (Armley Prison)

2012 – 2014 Counsellor with Bradford Cancer Support (now Yorkshire Cancer Support)

2011 – 2013 Counsellor at the Leeds College of Music

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50 per session.

Psychotherapy can also be covered through private health insurance following a referral through your GP.  I am a registered therapist with Axa PPP, Aviva and VitalityHealth.

Further information

You can call or text 07789 755606, or email direct to alittlesanctuary@hotmail.com.

West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


John Hills (PhD, MBACP Accred)

John Hills (PhD, MBACP Accred)