A counselling service for the Leeds and Wetherby area. 

Provided by John Hills

(PhD, MBACP Accred)


Perhaps right now you're going through something that's just too big to untangle alone, or maybe you feel you've got stuck and don't know how to move on from here.  In my counselling practice I aim to create a sanctuary for my clients to retreat to within their present life, to come to a deeper clarity and discover new ways to move forward.

I am a pluralistic therapist which means that I offer a therapeutic approach which is bespoke to you, and also one that we envisage together.  I have particular theoretical interests in existentialism, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a 3rd wave CBT), psychodynamic and humanistic approaches.  Each therapy is unique and I liken this to a journey - from where you were, to where you are, to where you're heading. My practice is change oriented - together we can plot a course.  And central to my approach is that I accept you for who you are, and you may find that your knowledge of who you are, and how you are out there in the world, becomes clearer during therapy.

I can offer therapy for those struggling with depression, anxiety, family issues, feelings of aloneness, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss, physical symptoms and other health issues, spiritual concerns and the search for meaning.

I can also offer support if you have been affected by the Covid-19 emergency.


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Training, qualifications & experience


Professional profile

2019 - present Senior university lecturer in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health

2016 – 2020 PhD through the University of Leeds, modelling patterns of change in psychotherapy

Clinical practice history

2018 - present Private practice

2016 – 2019 Therapist at Aire, Wharfe and Craven Counselling in Keighley

2016 – 2017 Bereavement Counsellor with St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds

2014 – 2015 Counsellor (Step 3 intervention) at HMP Leeds (Armley Prison)

2012 – 2014 Counsellor with Bradford Cancer Support (now Yorkshire Cancer Support)

2011 – 2013 Counsellor at the Leeds College of Music

I'm an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Individual sessions are fifty minutes long. 

My practice is based in the village of Bramham.  I can offer sessions in physical space - observing guidelines on keeping safe in the pandemic - and alternatively I am practising online using Zoom software (or telephone if you prefer).

All individual sessions are charged at £55. 

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