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Hi, I'm John. Welcome to my profile.
I have spent years supporting Children & Young People, whether in a High School or within Residential Care Homes.
As Child & Adolescent Counsellor, I have experience in supporting Young People who have endured abuse, neglect and trauma.
I’ve also supported Adults who are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, burnout, addictions, amongst many other difficulties.
As your Counsellor, I would love to offer you the time and space you need to talk confidentially and safely, about any problems that may be troubling you. It would be my privilege to listen to you.
You may be feeling low, upset, angry or distressed? Maybe you feel at the moment that you can't cope and that life's events are too difficult to manage at present? I can help you to find solutions within yourself. I believe that there are untapped levels of resource and resilience within everyone.
There are many reasons why people seek counselling, such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties or addiction. However, some people may not have an obvious reason for their distress and may look for help when they’re feeling ‘lost’ or ‘out of sorts’
You may find it hard to speak to family or friends about what is troubling you, but talking to someone impartial can have many benefits as that person will listen, understand and accept you as you are.
There doesn’t have to be a label for things to feel wrong. I can help you make sense of your feelings and gain a new perspective, no matter what the problem is. You are at the centre of the therapeutic relationship, and I believe you have the solution within yourself to deal with any problems you may be facing.
I will not use complicated jargon but instead will listen intently to what you have to say. I will try to see the world through your eyes, whilst not judging and also being genuine.
After a varied career that included service in the Royal Navy and working in a number of very high pressured business environments, I decided to retrain as a Counsellor because I wanted to help people who are feeling troubled with life.
As a child, my Mum was often very ill and I witnessed first hand, the importance of adequate mental health provision for Children, Young People, Adults, Couples and Families, which has historically been lacking and often continues to be.
I established Counselling Minds to help others in the way I was helped years ago before I retrained.
I had become disillusioned with a career in sales and was exhausted by the constant pressure imposed upon me and also the pressure I put on myself.
I sought help initially from a well-meaning counsellor but one that used jargon - words I didn’t understand. I couldn’t relate to them and didn’t feel that I could be as honest, open and real as I wanted to be.
I then had sessions with a counsellor in Cheshire, where I then lived, who gave me space to talk, made counselling accessible and de-mystified it.
Being a Counsellor really is a vocation and it is, of course, a privilege.
I relish everyday, the opportunity to listen to all my clients, immersing myself in their lives and providing them with the space to be heard.
I can relate to many of the issues facing the people I counsel and can create a rapport with all age groups, from Children & Teenagers to the Elderly with an emphasis on empathy, warmth and humour.
I have worked in numerous environments where being unpretentious, relatable, having an appropriate sense of humour and being genuine, were essential.
Earning trust is key. Why choose me to be in the privileged position to listen to your life story?
This is not just a profession for me but is something I am devoted to; helping people find words for feelings and make sense of the Past, find a meaning to the Present and maybe to envisage a different Future.
I'm passionate about counselling being accessible to everyone who wants to access it and I relish the opportunity to listen to people and provide a confidential and safe environment for them to do so.
I offer a respectful, empathic, accepting, caring, confidential and supportive environment for you to talk, and in turn I will listen to you.
Counselling doesn’t have to be complicated – it can be made simple.
I’m based at two locations. In Blackburn I’m at Premier Clinic, a state of the art Clinic providing Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Sports Injury treatment, Massage, Rehabilitation, Private GP Services, Occupational Health Services as well as Counselling.
The Clinic is strategically located within half a mile of Junction 5, M65, providing direct access to the M6 and M61 to the West and to the M66 to the East. Approximately 35 miles from Manchester Airport and is ideally placed to service the North West, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
I’m also located in Bolton le Sands and accessible for clients from Lancaster, Carnforth, Morecambe & Heysham. The practice is less than 2 miles from Junction 34 of the M6.
The location was chosen so you don’t have the hassle of navigating Lancaster’s one way system or Kendal’s. You don’t have to get stuck in Morecambe’s tourist traffic or try to find a space in Carnforth.
Often people don't want to have counselling in their home town or village and may wish to see a counsellor further afield.
Counselling Minds is located where you can easily access it, whether in Blackburn or near Carnforth and there is free parking at both locations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a qualified and experienced counsellor and was awarded the Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Counselling, taken at South Cheshire College and validated by Manchester Metropolitan University.
Person-centred counselling is at the basis of the therapy I offer.
I have experience working as part of an NHS Trust Staff Counselling Service and within a High School. I’ve worked for many years supporting Children & Young People in Residential Care Homes. These were very challenging environments, where young people, who’ve endured very difficult circumstances, are supported by the staff teams, of which I was an integral member and provided weekly therapy for 19 traumatised young people.
I’ve supported Ex-Service Veterans and am one of Sporting Chance’s Counsellors, able to support professional sports men and women, involved in Football and Rugby.
With years of providing Counselling to Couples, Adults, Children and Teenagers, I have the experience and knowledge to help my clients improve their mental wellbeing.
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and undertake monthly supervision to ensure that I work in an ethical way. I also attend training to maintain my professional standards and to improve my counselling knowledge further.
(BACP is the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK).
I have an up to date unmarked enhanced criminal records bureau check.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Individual therapy – £55 for a 1 hour session or 6 sessions at £50 per session (To be booked in advance).
- Couples’ counselling – £70 for a 1 hour session.
- Home visits start at £60 for a 1 hour session, depending on distance from practice.
- For counselling students, a 1 hour session is £40
- Corporate Rate for 6, one hour pre-booked sessions is £55 per session
- Concessions are available confidentially and through consultation, for people who are currently unemployed.
In addition, I run bespoke workshops for both Public & Private Sector organisations. Please call or email me to discuss your requirements.
The next crucial step in achieving the changes you would like to make is to either book an appointment or to pick up the phone and have a quick chat; this step is important as you have to feel really comfortable with the person you choose to accompany you on this journey, and really confident that they can facilitate this change.
I believe that Counselling is sometimes made more complicated than it needs to be and am therefore passionate about offering you a therapeutic approach that is down to earth which I hope puts you at ease, as initially approaching a counsellor can seem daunting.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile and I look forward to hearing from you. Please call me on 07941217483 to find out more or to arrange a convenient appointment for you.