John Kennedy (Adv. Diploma, MBACP)
I am a friendly and experienced counsellor previously offering 1-1 sessions at Napiers Clinic, Bristo Place in Edinburgh city centre. In light of these uncertain times the building I work in is temporarily closed and I will be offering sessions primarily on Skype/Zoom with the option of moving to telephone if desired. As your counsellor I will offer understanding, acceptance and support wherever you are at. I won't offer advice or solutions as I believe that with the right support we can all learn to make better choices about our lives. Counselling offers the opportunity to gain insight and understanding and supports people to find their voice and their own way forward.
My main approach to therapeutic work is person centred. I'm also influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice. Regardless of a counsellor's theoretical background the most important thing is having a good working relationship between counsellor and client. I aim to create a warm welcoming space within which you can bring everything you want and need to talk about, especially the things you struggle with or that have not felt heard elsewhere.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling which has been professionally validated by COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland). I am also a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychtherapy).
I subscribe and adhere to BACP’s code of ethics and practice. I receive regular supervision and hold suitable professional insurance. The counselling sessions that I offer are confidential.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions cost £50 and last for 1 hour. For students and those on low incomes I offer a sliding scale in the hope this will make sessions more accessible.
Concessions offered for
I see counselling as a supportive process that sensitively encourages each person to express themselves in their own way and at their own pace. It highly values the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our own particular situation. It allows people the chance to share their experiences and feel heard and understood. It creates a safe space to explore who you are and what you want. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Whether it's an unresolved moment from your past, an area needing attention in the present or the desire for life to take a new direction, counselling offers you the time and space to reflect and explore.