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UKCP Accredited, MBACP, PG Dip

About me

Hi, I’m John-Paul and a warm welcome to 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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.


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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £55.00 to £100.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

When I work

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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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