Jonathan Kilcourse - Counsellor

Jonathan Kilcourse - Counsellor

Greater Manchester

01706 - 658269

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Greater Manchester

01706 - 658269

About me


Welcome to my profile.

A little about me and the counselling services I provide. I am an experienced counsellor offering a professional, confidential and supportive service. The experiences and difficulties you bring to therapy will be listened to with a sincere interest and a commitment to support you through them, no matter how confusing or distressing they may feel.

My counselling approach is underpinned and informed by person, or client centred therapy, focusing and existential phenomenological approaches. Genuineness, acceptance and a non-judgemental attitude are all particular aspects of the counselling relationship which I believe foster trust, openness and insight, thus creating an environment in which the people I work with come to understand themselves in greater detail and depth.

An essential element of counselling is finding a therapist whom you feel comfortable talking with. As your therapist I will be alongside you as you navigate the complexities of your life, sharing the highs, lows and all that falls in-between. My counselling approach, whilst being supportive, also focuses on the ongoing development of the relationship between myself and the people I work with. This process of relating enables us to explore your current difficulties in relation to each other, other people in your life and the wider social world you live and work within.

Therapy co-creates the space to investigate your life experiences and cultivate different perspectives of your self as you experience it. Learning to give expression to, and tolerate difficult or painful feelings whilst learning to put words, or physical expression, to your memories, purpose and meaning, or lack of meaning.

I work creatively, relationally and sensitively with the above process at a pace suited to the individual exploring both the implicit and explicit meaning in both the physical, metaphorical and narrative threads which emerge within the counselling process.

My approach also values the diversity of world-views which can be expressed in terms of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and culture.

Why choose counselling?
I believe that we all deserve to live meaningful and satisfying lives and that we all have the capacity to do so. However, the pressures of life, a lingering low mood, a past or recent traumatic experience, a bereavement or loss could leave a person feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope. Or maybe they notice a general sense of dissatisfaction with life which raises more profound questions relating to a persons existence or purpose. 

Whatever the difficulty is or however large or small you perceive the difficulty to be, It is at these times that I can support you to make clearer sense of your experiences and examine what you believe about yourself. Exploring your feelings, thoughts, attitudes and responses to others and the environment in which you live, delving beneath the veneer of day-to-day existence.

The counselling approach I adopt and subsequent process can more than often effect changes in a persons life, in their attitudes and perspectives, whilst at the same time it does not impose a manualised expert led approach with unrealistic expectations on a person to change, nor does it overpower a person to fit-in with any ideas or ideals that may be espoused by other therapeutic models and services.

The counselling process could be seen as carefully walking through the colourful space of emotions, thoughts, relational and embodied experiences that exist in between what might be labelled or judged as being 'good or bad,' 'positive or negative' or 'black and white'. Exploring the space between these extremes can provoke subtle emotional and psychological changes or shifts, resulting in an increased flexibility of personal meanings and perspectives, learning to accept more of oneself and enabling a person to respond to the complexities of their life with awareness, clarity and confidence.

I have specialist interests in the process and challenges of later life, how we experience freedom and it's limitations, existential themes of relatedness, uncertainty and anxiety and Buddhist philosophy. All of which influence my approach.

The fee for an initial 50 minute consultation is £30. The fee for subsequent sessions is £45.00.

I am happy to discuss concessions based on your personal circumstances, with the aim being to agree on a fee which is sustainable for both parties.

I also provide supervision for counsellors and other therapists.

I provide daytime and evening appointments.

Please telephone, or send an email enquiry for further details or to have an informal chat to discuss your situation in more detail.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Experience.
I have over 16 years' experience of providing counselling support to individuals and groups.
As well as practising privately I have spent over ten years counselling and supporting individuals, and supervising other counsellors, professionals and therapists within services such as NHS Mental Health (IAPT), working within Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services. I have helped to develop Community Counselling Services for adults, children and families, and initiated and founded a Hospice Bereavement Counselling and Support Service. I also currently work part-time for an NHS specialist Older Adult Counselling and Psychology service.


CFD Supervisor training, competence certificate Keele University: 2013

CFD Counsellor training, competence certificate Keele University: 2012

Certificate in Ten Directions Ecotherapy approach, Tariki Trust France/UK: 2011 & 2012

BA (Hons) Applied Counselling Applications, Leeds Metropolitan University: 2010

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, Manchester College of Arts & Technology: 2002

Certificate in Human Relations, Manchester College of Arts & Technology: 2001

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


My usual fee is £45.00 per 50 minute appointment.

Maps & Directions

Greater Manchester, OL16

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


My availability is flexible in both Hebden Bridge and Greater Manchester. Easily accessible by public transport, the metro tram system and major roads.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme