John holds an Advanced Diploma in Counselling which has been professionally validated by COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland). The main counselling model John works with is person centred though he is influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice.
John Kennedy Adv. Dip. Counselling COSCA
What is counselling?
Coming to counselling for the first time can feel a little daunting and people aren’t always sure what to expect. It can feel difficult to pick up the phone and make that first appointment especially when things are tough. Many people have been glad that they took that first step. In our sessions I aim to create a warm welcoming space as we begin to look at and discuss those parts of your life that need attention. Counselling provides an encouraging and supportive relationship that gives you the time and space where you can begin to explore who you are and what you want. It allows people the chance to share their experiences and feel heard and understood. Together we can be open and curious about your life. Through this process people often gain new insights and understanding which supports them to choose more fulfilling ways of being and living.
I have been working as a therapist for 16 years after graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling in 2003. I have supported people with a variety of life experiences and current situations. Although this brings a certain depth of experience and skills, I don’t see myself as an expert who can ‘fix you’ or tell you the right way to live. I highly value the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our own particular past and present. My experience has taught him that a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works in life and that this is equally true in therapy. I see counselling as collaborative and creative and this helps foster an approach and relationship that is responsive, sensitive and respectful. My work is influenced by person-centred/humanistic approaches, creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice.
In addition to my counselling work I previously worked in health and social care where I provided direct support to service users as well as taking a lead role in establishing new projects and managing small teams of staff. This work taught me how much impact respectful and supportive relationships can make to people's lives. I now spend my time as a counsellor working with children and young people in two of Edinburgh’s schools in addition to my work with adults in private practice. I welcome people of all ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities and beliefs. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to book in.
You can book an initial appointment through clinic reception on 0131 225 5542.
Sessions are available on Monday evenings and Fridays 9am-6pm. Sessions last for one hour and cost £50. A small number of reduced fee sliding scale places are available for students and those on low wages.
You can also contact me on 07890 685 346 if you’d like to discuss counselling before attending.
For more information, go to www.supportivecounsellingedinburgh.com
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