John Walker Accredited MBACP
I am a married man with two grown up children and four grandchildren. My life is very busy as two of my grandchildren are pre-school and require a lot of care and attention. This can affect my energy levels considerably, but in a nice way! I come from a social work background having worked extensively with the needs of children before focusing upon those of the elderly population laterally. My interests are mainly sedentary and include reading, listening to music, theatre, watching films, although I do like travelling and exercise by walking.
What brought me into counselling was my passionate belief that it can change peoples' lives for the better and I have been privileged to witness this many times over in my career. People need to experience a sense of hope in troubled times and not judgement from others as so often can be the case. Offering acceptance, understanding and compassion to clients' suffering from distress is my main concern.
Training, qualifications & experience
My approach with clients' is person-centred and to avoid "counselling speak" which can be confusing, I will try and explain this simply. It means I will see you as a person and not a problem. I will allow you to decide what you want to explore and not manipulate you by deciding what I think is best for you or try to impress you that I know all the answers. I will not try and fix you but will allow you to find your own solutions with emotional support from me, as I believe you carry the answers inside you, but just haven't found them yet!
My qualifications are:-
Specialist module in Bereavement and Loss (Cruse Bereavement Care)
COSCA Counselling Skills Course Abertay University, Dundee
Specialist module in Alcohol Related problems (TACA)
Childline on-line counselling services Glasgow
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. Strathclyde University
Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy Level 1 Training. Strathclyde University
Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy Level 2 Training (part complete) Strathclyde University
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to the above, I do have a keen interest in working with veterans who have been severely traumatised whilst in combat. Terrifying flashbacks from decades ago can have a profound impact on a person's ability to function safely and self-destructive behaviours can become the norm. Deep feelings of shame can also accompany such behaviours and adversely affect intimate relationships.
My message to any who are suffering in this way is that it is possible to heal these deep wounds from the past whatever the trauma event, but it takes courage and determination to make sense of what has happened to you before you can move forward into a more positive future. One no longer impacted by terrifying experiences from long ago. Recovery is most definitely possible.
£40 per 60 minute session. Pre-payment by bank transfer
In the interest of fairness to all my clients' I do not offer concessions.
First session free to establish if you feel comfortable enough to pursue a commitment to counselling with me. Also for me to safely establish if I am the right counsellor for you and have the skills to meet your particular needs.
What I have discovered as my experience has broadened is that people can carry a lot of guilt and shame over earlier experiences in their lives, sometimes for decades. It can feel rather like carrying a heavy rucksack on their backs which totally weighs them down. These deep feelings of guilt and shame can be related, for instance, to having been sexually abused as a child or not having been accepted for who they truly are because of their sexual orientation. This can eat away at their self-esteem leaving them feeling bad about themselves. Because I understand how all of this can impact upon peoples' lives, I decided I wanted to make these issues and in addition those of traumatised veterans' the main focus of my work with clients'.
Talking about these experiences can leave people feeling very exposed and vulnerable and I see my job as providing a feeling of safety first and foremost to allow them to do that. I also understand the importance of my building trust with others, as without it, people will find it impossible to connect with the wounded parts of themselves and move forward toward emotional healing in their lives. The freedom that can come from not being defined by what has happened to them and becoming who they truly are can be life changing.
If this happens to describe you, I would like to hear from you, so please do contact me by email or mobile phone. I will welcome you, support you in deciding if you feel safe enough to pursue counselling with me or not and let you know it's okay whatever conclusion feels right for you.
What you choose to discuss in the counselling room is confidential, but there may have to be exceptions to this which will be discussed with you during the first session.
I abide by the BACP code of ethics and am required to have regular supervision of my counselling work to ensure I am working both ethically and safely in the best interests of my clients'.
The clinic is located on a bus route serviced by Xplore Bus Service Nos. 5, 10 and also Stagecoach No. 73 from the town centre. You should disembark at Craigie Avenue and access to the building is from Redmyre Gardens, directly opposite the bus stop. If you are travelling by car, parking is free.