John McGuirk

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MA, PG Dip, FdSc, BACP Accredited
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Bristol, BS9
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About me

I am fully qualified and accredited as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I am also a fully qualified CBT therapist.

I deliver a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, challenging, and compassionate.

I draw upon practices that have been shown by research and experience to be effective.

I also have specialist experience, training, and professional qualifications in working with children and young people, though I work with all age-ranges over 12 years of age.

I also work as a freelance Clinical Director for a major mental health service in Somerset, as well as a private supervisor for therapists. In the past and currently I have supervised therapists for mental health services, such as Young Somerset, The Sanctuary, Bristol Mind, Off the Record, and St. Peter's Hospice.

I can draw upon a vast range of different therapeutic approaches, and tailor these to your needs.

Depending on what you are looking for, we can use formats such as talking therapy, ACT, CBT, visualisations, bodywork, rituals, and/or art to help you explore in a way that works best for you.

I have over 10 years experience in the field.

Please see my website for more information:

Training, qualifications & experience


I have worked in mental health for over a decade. I worked full-time at Positive Step, North Somerset as a counsellor for adults, and then worked at Off the Record, Bristol as a therapist for young people, a supervisor for therapists, and a Team Leader, project developer, and trainer in the organisation. In the past, I also worked for Swiis Healthcare, Bristol as a senior support worker, helping adults with learning difficulties, and before that I worked as a care assistant for BUPA Healthcare in a Bristol Nursing Home alongside people living with dementia.

As well as having an established private practice for counselling and supervision, I currently work for Young Somerset as a freelance Clinical Director. I supervise advocates at Bristol Mind as an external supervisor. And finally, I am also offering mentoring & supervision for NHS practitioners using ProReal in the NHS.

Training & Qualifications

I am a fully trained and qualified counselling psychotherapist and CBT therapist.

  • FdSc Counselling Degree at City of Bristol College & Bristol University
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) at Exeter University
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in IAPT High Intensity CBT (incl. specialist training in working with Children & Young People)
  • Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies at Bristol University
  • IAPT Low Intensity Master Class in Working with Long-Term Health Conditions at Exeter University
  • BPS Certificate in Supervision
  • BPS approved Multidisciplinary Supervision Training

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£95.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Online platforms




I am a BPS qualified supervisor who can work with counsellors, psychotherapists, and CBT therapists. I am personable, compassionate, and challenging.

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John McGuirk
John McGuirk