About me

Hi, I’m John-Paul and a warm welcome my profile page. I’m an experienced therapist offering both short and long-term counselling and therapy, both online and face-to-face from Cobham in Surrey.

How can therapy help?

Good therapy can enable you to experience life more in the way you want to. The issues bringing you to this site might be standing in the way of this, but they can change. I don't believe that anyone is predestined to be a certain "type" of person or to behave in, or feel, a particular way. Of course, sometimes much of the work can be about someone appreciating and valuing more of who you already are.

The same issues arise for different reasons in each person. In therapy, we learn how unique elements are creating your symptoms or causing you to feel unsatisfied, distressed or struggle. We'll look at how this can be different in your day to day life in order to shape life the way you want and need.

My approach

My training combined traditional psychotherapy theory with more contemporary techniques. This means your individuality can be reflected in our work together. We would work in a style designed to suit you.

Self-help book and online self-help course

I've written a popular self-help book available on Amazon, my website and a couple of independent bookshops called "Finding a Balanced Connection" that you may find helpful. You'll see a trailer for it here. I’ve also released an online self-help course called 'Life Unlimited', available on my website. 

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

Psychotherapy tends to be longer term work with the aim of a deeper understanding and awareness of self through self-examination, generally to improve relationship with self and, in turn, others.

Counselling tends to be a short-term exploration of issues happening in a person's life at that moment in time. These could include relationship difficulties such as divorce, dealing with anxiety symptoms, depression, addictive behaviour, stress-management, anger, relationship issues or bereavement.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Fully Accredited by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
  • Completed a one year Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Followed by a four year Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London.

Prior to beginning my private practice I carried out both short and long term work for:

  • The Counselling Partnership, St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey.
  • The West London Centre for Counselling Service, Shepherd’s Bush, London.
  • The HELP Counselling Service, Notting Hill, London.
  • Living Well CIC, Ladbroke Grove, London.
  • The GMI Partnership, London in Vauxhall and at Mayday Hospital, Croydon.

I have also completed:

  • A Certificate in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) with training approved by both the EMDRIA and the EMDR-.
  • A clinical placement on the Hughlings Jackson Psychiatric Ward at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neuro-surgery in Queen Square, London.
  • Four full day courses covering the psychiatric DSM(IV) handbook.
  • A Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement (Credit) with the GMI Partnership.
  • A Mindfulness course with Living Well.
  • An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy with The Counselling Partnership.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

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Fees

From £55.00 to £100.00

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Availability

Weekdays and evening appointments.

Further information

There is free parking at my Cobham location.

Ferndown Gardens
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 2BH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom