About me

Hello, my name is John Rees, I am an experienced qualified Gestalt Counsellor offering one to one or relationship counselling in SE18. I offer a safe space in which to explore any issues that may be causing you discomfort or distress, working at your pace in a non-judgemental way.

At the initial appointment we can explore our suitability, your hopes and expectations from counselling and address any questions you may have about the therapeutic process. It is very important that you find a therapist that matches your needs, If you feel that I am someone that you could work with I normally recommend committing to six session whereupon we would assess the sessions and discuss your future needs.

I have experience of working with a comprehensive range of issues which include, but are not limited to self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, depression, loss and bereavement.

I am trained in Gestalt which although informed by the past is anchored in the here and now. The word "Gestalt" translates loosely from german to "whole" and grew from a branch of philosophy in the 1960's under the auspices of Fritz Perls into a very effective means of working therapeutically with all aspects of the human condition. I employ a very respectful holistic and creative approach to my client sessions.

I offer one to one, long term (open ended) or short term counselling, which can be discussed at the initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Humanistic Counselling at the Gestalt Centre London

Diploma in Gestalt Counselling at the Gestalt Centre London

Registered Member of the BACP

I align myself to the BACP ethical framework.

I have worked for Lewisham Bereavement Counselling, where I have supported people struggling with loss and bereavement and where I assessed new clients for the service.

I have also worked in Tower Hamlets for Step Forward where I supported young people and Tower Hamlets Community Alcohol Team where I supported people with alcohol dependancy.

Member organisations


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.

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.


Additional information

My fee ranges from £45-£55 depending on employment status

There are two low cost sessions available for student /concessions please call for more details

I prefer the payment of fees at the beginning of each session.

Sessions are normally arranged on a weekly basis, at the same time, I can offer some flexibility for changeable work patterns.

Further information

My Plumstead Common counselling Room is a modern warm welcoming space with ample parking and on the 51,53 and 291 bus routes, 15 minutes from Woolwich Arsenal British Rail and DLR stations by bus or 10 minutes by 51 bus from Welling British Rail station.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There are 14 steps to my counselling room, please let me know of any mobility issues.

John Rees

John Rees