Hi, I'm John, a psychotherapist based in Sheffield. I'm a qualified Psychotherapist, and registered member of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists.
My interest in psychology started about 15 years ago. I had been reading a lot of stuff online at the time, and decided to take some psychology, and mental health courses with the Open University. While studying, I started a successful retail company with a friend, which I still part own.
Although I find researching different areas of psychology to be an interesting pastime, I've always wanted to put that knowledge into practice in the real world. This motivated me to complete a level 5 psychotherapists practitioners course.
The style of psychotherapy that I practice is mostly involved around the clients goals, and involves aspects of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and also cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I can work with a range of issues, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Stress, Dysthymia, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia), as well as specific phobia's such as
Arachnophobia (fear of Spiders), Ophidiophobia (fear of Snakes), Acrophobia (fear of heights), Aerophobia (fear of flying), Astraphobia (fear of thunder and lightning), Trypanophobia (fear of injections)
Mysophobia (fear of germs), Claustrophobia (fear of small, or confined spaces), Atychiphobia (fear of failure), and Trypophobia (fear or disgust connected to irregular patterns or clusters of small holes), and many others... Head over to the info section of the site to find out about these different disorders.
Often you will not have a specific mental health condition such as those mentioned above. Part of being human is that we often face various obstacles in our lives, which in many cases are connected to our relationships with other people, or what we do to earn a living. Many people can also be struck by grief in their lives, sometimes this can be connected to losing a loved one; however we can also go through changes in our lives, where we grieve for the life we once had. Whatever the obstacle that you are facing I'm able to provide a private, and relaxed environment where we can discuss problems at hand, and make a plan to overcome them.
Whilst working with you I will be calm, and relaxed, and will always be accepting of your individuality, and the particular ways in which you choose to live your life.
Taking the first step to start therapy is often a big decision. Many people make a mistake in thinking that they should wait until they are in a crisis situation before starting therapy, but it's often better to get help before you reach a point of crisis.