John Mackessy

John Mackessy


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
020 4538 4356

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Therapist - London

London N1
020 4538 4356
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Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I currently have availability for online counselling, therapy & coaching sessions, except for weekends.

My standard fee is £85, but I can often offer a concessionary rate for those on limited income or experiencing financial hardship. So, my fee range is normally between £65 and £85 and I am happy to discuss this with you.


About me and my therapy practice

Many clients have told me that they find me approachable and warm, which is important to me, as the relationship in counselling and therapy needs to create a foundation of trust and security. Sometimes this 'therapeutic relationship' is right at the heart of the work, though for other people their needs might take the work in quite a different direction.

I've been a member of BACP since 2001, so I have quite a few miles on the clock as a counsellor, therapist and supervisor, having worked with a very wide range of clients, with an even wider set of needs. I work in a way that aims to adapt to what each client needs from the counselling / therapy / coaching.

Aside from my private practice and some work with businesses, the majority of my work has been in the charitable and educational sectors, with survivors of abuse (Witness Against Abuse), mental health (MIND), issues of disability (RNIB and Action for Blind People). I have set up, run and supervised projects for charities and in higher education. Projects to develop communication skills, assertiveness, mindfulness and other facets of personal/professional development. Of course, this is something that I bring to my work with individuals too. Much of my work in HE has been with 'neuro-diverse' students - many with diagnosed or undiagnosed dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism/Asperger's, ADD/ADHD etc.

I mention the various things above because if there's one thing I've learned over time it is that 'one size does not fit all', and so it is important for me as a practitioner to bring some humility to the work and to try to understand each person's world from the inside out. I am constantly learning from my clients re how they see and experience the world, along with the challenges they face and the hopes that move them forward.

Yes, I have my training, my knowledge and experience, but I hope that I carry these things lightly and don't let them get in the way of meeting the person in front of me.

Practice description

If you think that I may be able to help you, the initial stage is usually a free telephone or online chat. This normally takes about 20 minutes and is covered by the same confidentiality as the counselling/therapy.

I don't expect people to go into intimate detail at this first stage, but it is a chance to get to know me a bit, get a sense of how we might work together and for the person to tell me something about what they may what to get from the sessions.

If we feel that we may be a good fit then normally we'll then have two 'assessment' sessions. This is where we look at the overall picture and I normally gain a clearer idea of what the person may need from me and how we might work together.

Some people need a space to tell their story or to discuss their concerns and feel comfortable to largely lead this process themselves, with gentle facilitation from me to support, focus and deepen this process. This way of working could be described as Integrative, as my background and training is in Existential / Humanistic / Psychodynamic approaches.

Others want more specific or 'goal-oriented' input from me to develop their understanding of and strategies to deal with particular issues. So, with different people I'm likely to draw upon different resources (always with their awareness and involvement) - this could be from helping them to develop a 'self-contract' or to design plans and 'experiments' they may try out. An example would be working with anxiety, where we might develop a plan to gently expand a person's comfort zone and their sense of ease in handling anxiety-provoking situations. With these more directly practical dimensions of therapeutic work I often draw from CBT and other psycho-educational and solution-focussed approaches. That said, my aim is always to work within the relationship with the client and to encourage their sense of autonomy and freedom.

A sense of greater choice and greater freedom is often the outcome.

My first session

Normally, after the free online or telephone 'chat', I hold two 'assessment' sessions with new clients, where we explore the work to be done, my ways of working and whether these make sense to the client and are likely to be helpful. Sometimes these two sessions give clients what they need to be able to move forward by themselves. Occasionally, I help people with onward referrals to particular specialist practitioners.

If we agree that further work with me is going to be helpful, then there would normally be an  agreement for four to six further sessions with a review towards the end.

At that point we'd either be finishing our work together or looking at longer-term work. Sometimes with longer-term work there is a transition in the work from a therapeutic focus to a creative or personal/professional development focus.

Where I work longer-term with clients I offer regular reviews, so that we can keep an eye on the direction of travel, the focus and whether a client's needs are being addressed.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Executive coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling