- Phone number
Unavailable Mondays, and Tuesdays until after 6pm
Current best availabilty is Wednesday pm and Thursday all day.
About me and my therapy practice
Hi, I'm John. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and counsellor. I aim to provide a welcoming and confidential space for you to share whatever has brought you to seek counselling. I work in West Bridgford, Nottingham, which is easily accessible by tram and bus from surrounding areas, and there is ample unlimited on-street car parking where I work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Integrative Psychotherapist. I trained at the Sherwood Institute of Psychotherapy in Nottingham. I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and I am also a member of the UKCP professional organisation.
I am also a fully qualified doctor (MB, BS,) with a post-graduate qualification in Anaesthetics and Pain Management (FRCA), and have training from the East Mdlands University Hospital Deanery in mentoring at work and coaching.
I have worked at Care Fertility in Nottingham as an anaesthetist for over 12 years, and consequently have a very good understanding of infertility issues and IVF.
Probably the most common reason people come for psychotherapy is a nagging and persistent feeling that somehow they are 'not themselves'. It can feel there is a 'real you' out there, but it is elusive and can be very hard to find on your own. It may be that you have already gone down different paths to find what seems to be missing in your life, only to end up feeling dissatisfied.
You may be disillusioned with current experiences in your home or work life, or troubled by previous experiences or traumas. You may not know what you want, or how to go about even starting to find out what it is you want, and to sort your life out. Or, you may be plagued by so many doubts, thoughts and fears about your life you feel overwhelmed; stuck and unsure how to move forward.
The purpose of psychotherapy is to explore your own unique and individual experience of what it is like to be you in this world and uncover and replenish parts of your Self that have remained hidden and unavailable. Integration is this process of bringing the 'real' you back; happier, more confident, and assured in your sense of Self-identity and direction.
In general people also come to counselling for:
Domestic abuse and violence
Alcohol and drug addiction
Loss of identity
My first session
Coming to a therapist for the first time can be nerve-wracking. I remember how much courage it took for me to go to my first session! A first session is for 50 minutes, and is intended to allow us to find out why you would like to come to therapy and what you hope to get from therapy, without being tied in to continue . If you don't know what you want from therapy, that is ok! Most importantly, is the opportunity to find out if I can help you with what you are looking to gain from therapy. It is also an opportunity to see if we will be a good 'fit'; we both need to feel comfortable together to do the work. After a first session, you will have a copy of a contract between us for further work, which is simply an agreement on how we will proceed. After six sessions, we will do a review to see if the therapy is meeting your expectations.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work