Dr John Hills

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(PhD, MBACP Accred)
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Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6RE
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

A little bit about me.  I'm a psychotherapist (in practice since 2011) as well as a teacher and trainer at a sector-leading psychotherapy institute.  I have a specialist interest in the existential challenges that we will grapple with at turning points in our lives.  These might include:

  • Feeling like life has become too small, too limiting.
  • Or questioning choices made.  
  • A feeling of just coasting, being on autopilot, or of having to pretend.  
  • Addictive behaviours that feel like a distraction.  
  • Self-sabotage.  
  • Feeling fated to play out the same patterns over and over.  
  • A feeling of not knowing oneself.
  • Aloneness and loneliness.
  • Unhappiness at work or considering a career change.  
  • Bereavement and loss.  
  • Spiritual concerns.  
  • Fear of death and the search for meaning.  

Therapy is at its best when it becomes the time in your week when the feelings and ideas that you're turning over inside are brought into clear view and they crystallise - together we discover a gem, a moment of deepening truth and understanding, that you take away from the session.  An existential benefit of therapy typically includes an openness to new forms of connection and continuity in the world out there.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in practice since 2011 and am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), eligible for senior accreditation.  I am a senior teacher and trainer at a UK higher education institution and contribute to national and international developments in practice and research around psychotherapy.  

I work within a pluralistic framework, which means that I offer a therapeutic approach which is bespoke to you, and also one that we envisage together.  Where it could be helpful I can offer existential, systemic, psychodynamic, or cognitive behavioural approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  

I will strive to be a person you can trust, and as such create a space where you can speak in complete confidence. There should also be a sense that the therapy has purpose – let’s work together and get to the heart of the matter.

​You're welcome to contact me at any point with questions or queries.   Sessions are charged at £70, and we have the option of meeting either in person at the Pure Treatment Rooms, Wetherby, online over Zoom, or over the phone.

Member organisations

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Existential concerns - aloneness, meaninglessness, responsibility, and awareness of mortality and death.


£70.00 per session

Additional information

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.

When I work

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Further information

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

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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


Dr John Hills
Dr John Hills