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About me

Hi, I’m John-Paul and thanks for visiting my profile page. I’m an experienced therapist offering both short and long-term therapy. I work from a purpose-built room at home in Cobham (near to Oxshott, Esher, Weybridge, Ripley, Bookham, Fetcham, Hersham and Walton-on-Thames), 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 they currently 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 enables your individuality to be reflected in our work together. We would work in a style designed to suit you.

Personal development book and online course

I've also incidentally written a self-help book available on Amazon called "Finding a Balanced Connection" that you may find helpful. You'll see an aminated trailer for the book below. Book reviews from Amazon.co.uk include:

“This is a great book. Easy to read, a great set of principles to follow and genius in it’s depth and simplicity of a complex psychological field.”

“On the back of reading this, I booked some therapy time with the author, John-Paul, and I can honestly say that the time and money I invested in the process was literally life changing... It's a cliché but I cannot recommend working with John-Paul, and this book more highly.“

"This book, like the author, could be a life saver, and is certainly a life enhancer. It is full of analysis, structure, logic, and wisdom; hence a good companion if and when you are running short of some of that stuff."

I’ve also released an online personal development course called 'Life Unlimited', based on my book, that's available on my website. It consists of 11 half hour pre-recorded videos, including slides and various exercises. I’ve also added a short trailer for it below to give you an idea of what it’s like.

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, 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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

Additional information

Please see website for fee per session

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

Adults
Older adults

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John-Paul Davies

John-Paul Davies