John O'Shaughnessy

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London, N16
Available for new clients
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About me

Counselling & Psychotherapy for Couples & Individuals 


I specialise in working with addiction / dependency, anger management, anxiety, bereavement and depression. I also have a focus on men as primary childcarers, parenting issues and creativity such as writing and other forms of artistic expression. I am experienced in working with a range of other issues and can support you whatever you are struggling with.

The pace of modern life can be exhausting and overwhelming. We can find it difficult to make time for contact with ourselves,other people, leisure, exercise, relaxation or reflection. You may engage in activities or behaviours that you are unhappy about. In order to relate to others in a healthy way each of us needs to begin by doing so with our self. I often hear people refer to their best friend in terms of another person. I believe our best friend is our self and it is vital to invest in our relationship with our self. I know from my experience of stepping back and becoming aware of my thoughts, feelings and physical experience I can then make choices that support me rather than react without consideration for myself and others.

I believe we are all innately inclined towards shaping a creative, joyful life even in the face of life’s challenges. We come into adulthood with experiences that affect our well being. There may also be many rules, inhibitions and fears that influence our lives. My role as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor is to support you as a unique and resourceful human being to draw on your own self knowledge to form a more satisfying relationship with yourself and others. Some of the issues I work with are anger management, bereavement, depression, anxiety, addiction and relationship difficulties. I can work with any issue that you wish to focus on.

I offer both a time limited period of counselling to focus on a particular issue and a longer process of psychotherapy which explores in more depth what shapes your behaviour, thought processes and emotional experience. As well as drawing on my extensive training, I also bring my compassion, respect, warmth and honesty to our work together. I provide a confidential, non judgemental environment where you are free to explore any issues that you choose to talk about 


You may feel distant from each other and struggle with communication. Are there life events that have impacted your relationship? I can support you with working through your struggles whether that is to strengthen your relationship and remain together or work towards ending.  I will facilitate the opportunity for you to hear each other, empathise with each other, build respect for your differences, grow kindness and see the value of your relationship.

I am in ongoing professional development drawing on various sources. I am also in professional supervision and personal development. I encourage using therapy in a simple and practical way in everyday life. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Code of Ethics. I worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist at the Centre for Better Health in Hackney from January 2010 to Dec 2012. I have over 12 years experience as a psychotherapist.

As a social worker, I worked with people who have physical health issues, mental health needs and alcohol / drugs problems. I have experience of working in the private and public sectors and am familiar with different organisational cultures and issues.

I am a parent and am familiar with many of the issues that can arise. I have an Irish Catholic and English background which gives me an experience of being socialised and living in two cultures. I have lived in London all of my life and my enjoyment and appreciation of the richness and diversity of the city and it's inhabitants deepens year by year. I have lived, worked and made friendships from different cultures, religions, classes as well as people who are disabled, gay and lesbian. I have a unique view of the world as being born here to immigrant parents from the Irish Republic. I am respectful and empathic in relation to people who are struggling with their identity and may have associated issues in terms of self esteem, anxiety and depression.I have found my own personal therapy of enormous value in terms of leading a more satisfying life particularly in relation to working on these issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

2022 -2023 Complete Couples Certificate in Couples Work 

2014 Spectrum Diploma in Psychotherapy

2013 BACP Certificate of Proficiency

2010-12 Professional Seminar Series

2012 Gestalt Series

2012 Relationship Making Course

2011 Spectrum Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

2011 Anger in the Therapy Room Course

2011 Reparenting Course

2011 Childhood Sexual Abuse
2011 Advanced Sexuality Course
2011 Intermediate Sexuality Course 

2011 Developing Clinical Skills Course

2010 Post Graduate Course in Psychotherapy 

2010 Basic Sexuality   
2009 Counselling Skills Course

2009 One Year Continuation Course

2008 One Year Course in Psychotherapy

1996 Diploma in Social Work

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£70.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Individuals £70 / Couples £85 for a 50 minute session in N16. In person / online. Daytime & early evening sessions Mon - Thurs.

Please contact me to see if slots available.

Some lower cost spaces may be available

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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John O'Shaughnessy
John O'Shaughnessy