About me

Perhaps 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 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 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.

My practice is based in the heart of Wetherby.  I can offer sessions in physical space - observing guidelines on keeping safe in the pandemic - and alternatively 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

I have been in continuous practice since 2011 and in addition to private practice I have delivered therapy for young people in higher education, in cancer and hospice care, and in prison.

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.


£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 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.

Pure Treatment Rooms
11-13 Victoria St
West Yorkshire
LS22 6RE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


John Hills

John Hills