John McDermott

John McDermott

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS17
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, I'm John, I am an Integrative Counsellor working online and in-person at my private practice, North Leeds Therapy.

I incorporate a range of skills and techniques from leading approaches, combining them with years of experience and success with people from all backgrounds and situations, to produce a working relationship specific to the needs of each client. My practice has supported individuals in schools, colleges, charitable organizations and as a private practitioner.

Confidential, Compassionate, Collaborative.

First we pinpoint what it is you want to change and look at what this will be like in real-life terms, then we work together to make these goals a reality.

By focusing on your specific needs and situation, I work with you to find the strategies and process that empower you to move forward in a positive and productive way. Help is here, so please do get in touch.

No two people are alike, and every therapeutic relationship must be suited to the needs and requirements of the person seeking help. Therefore, short, free consultations are available to discuss working arrangements.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Practice description

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Observation Psychotherapy PG Dip (Leeds Uni.) 2007
  • Counselling PG Dip (Leeds Beckett) 2020
  • Additional advanced training in ACT, TA, Anxiety management, Grief Counselling and Trauma support.
  • Counselling Tutor, providing training and support for CPCAB levels 2-4.
  • Over twenty years experience in education / supporting young people.

In my own practice I work with all ages starting from 16+ in one to one sessions to find the balance and well-being life can seem to lack. The range of issues I have supported clients through are too many to list here; they range from anxiety, body issues through to stress, self harm and work related pressures.

Focusing primarily on short-term goal orientated programmes, I encourage the individual to take an active role in deciding the route of their rehabilitation. Longer term work is available but this develops over time at the client's request rather than a requirement to commit to an extensive course of treatment from the start.


  • Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post Grad. Diploma
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Post Grad. Diploma
  • Masters in Literature
  • Post Grad. Cert. in Education
Additional Training in:
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Anxiety and Trauma Treatment
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

My first session

After an initial phone assessment to discuss practical issues and to give you a greater sense of my suitability to work with you, our first session is as much about getting to know you and what you need and want from therapy. It's about listening to you, allowing you the opportunity to say out loud those things left unsaid elsewhere.

Together we will devise our work together, incorporating the strands of your life so that the sessions support you going forward.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited

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