About me

Welcome to talk-it-over.

  • My name is John Stainton and I am a qualified, person-centred Counsellor.
  • The counselling I offer is a talking therapy.
  • I offer a non-judgemental, empathic, confidential service in which you can safely explore any issues you wish to bring to the session.
  • My role is not to offer advice, I offer you the space to talk-it-over, about the important things in your life that you may wish to change or explore.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma - ABC -Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma -  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Diploma - Depression Management
  • Level 3   - Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2   - Counselling Skills
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

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

  • FREE initial 30 minute talk-it over session
  • Counselling appointments last for 50 minutes and are charged at £40 per session
  • ​​​I am available to provide weekday and Saturday Morning appointments.
  • I do not offer concessionary rates for students in training.
  • Home visits may incur additional costs.
  • Counselling sessions conducted face to face or via Zoom or Teams


I am able to offer week day and Saturday  morning appointments via Zoom or Teams

Zoom or phone appointments also available throughout the week

Further information

  • ​​​Therapy works if people wish to attend.
  • While I enable self-reflection, together we can work with the issues you bring. I will not apply pressure on anyone to have counselling.
  • As well as establishing my own private practice, for the past couple of years I have been a volunteer Counsellor at Pathways, Barnsley Domestic Violence Support Group. Dealing with a variety of client issues from varying backgrounds.
  • I am a member of the following professional bodies:
  • MBACP - Registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and bound by their ethical framework of good practice.
  • I provide counselling sessions on the outskirts of Wakefield with easy access from the motorways in a confidential, professional and comfortable residential environment. There is free on-street parking available.

81 Hollingthorpe Road
Hall Green
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.