John offers brief and long-term therapy and counselling to individuals and couples.
He uses his experience alongside in depth training to help individuals and couples to deal with anger, stress and conflict in their lives and relationships using a mixture of psychotherapeutic interventions, skills based training and current understandings of couple dynamics and the underlying causes of anger.
John comments “There are many forms of toxic anger and relationship issues that often mask underlying feelings of fear, grief and shame. Anger can be like ‘taking poison in the hope that someone else will die’. As well as physical violence other attitudes and actions such as emotional abuseincluding control, aggression, contempt, criticism, blame, defensiveness, gaslighting or withholding love often indicate a problem with anger and underlying insecurity. Resentment can be a burden that greatly inhibits our ability to live a full and contented life. Our work will offer people the opportunity to free themselves of the chains of destructive anger and replace it with vitality, peace, improved relations and a voice of healthy protest if need be. (see my recent article)
Experience: John has practiced psychotherapy and counselling for 25 years. This includes private practice, teaching and clinical supervision in a variety of different settings including Segar House, Massey University and Help. He has lectured in violence and trauma studies at MIT and AUT. He also has over 20 years of experience working with anger issues and running and supervising anger management courses
John’s understanding of brain science and psychotherapy inform his goals to be both supportive and effective at helping to relieve suffering.
Approach: John draws on both his own life experience and his professional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Brain Science, Gestalt, Interpersonal Therapy and mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to work collaboratively with individuals and couples with relationship problems, addiction, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, stress and anger problems. His approach is a blend of compassion and potency all sensitively tailored to the person’s specific needs.
Professional Membership: Psychotherapy Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ
- Masters Degree Health Sciences:Psychotherapy (First class honours)
- Diploma Psychotherapy
- Cert. Advanced Clinical Supervision
- BA (Hons)