John Graham provides an empathic, supportive space where clients can feel safe to open up and feel seen and heard for who they are, providing a safe space where clients can explore different perspectives of their circumstances. Working with his clients to identify and draw on their own inner resources, enabling them to live a fuller life. John has an integrative approach, this meaning that he draws on several ways of working according to what his client’s needs might be.
John’s qualities as a counsellor being unconditional positive regard, congruence, empathy, and from a person-centred perspective John would seek firstly to understanding his client’s Organismic-Self. The organismic self is sometimes also referred to as the ‘real self’. Exploring with his client’s theirInterjected Values, their Self-Concept constructed by Conditions of Worth, and exploring how his client might have developed them. From the psychodynamic perspective John’s understanding of attachment theory and objects relations theory helps him come to understand his clients, where they are coming from, interjected values, defence mechanisms which might be getting in the way of his clients development, helping his client Developing Conditions of Worth; Organismic Trusting. His approach; always considering his client’s needs.
With a background in many different areas, from farming, as he grew up on a farm in Scotland, to construction and landscape gardening, John’s lived experience has given him a special interest in the issues of addiction, anxiety, guilt & shame and self-esteem. He has lived experience in these issues, he understands the pressures people can put upon themselves, which are unhelpful and can lead to damaging coping strategies. He works to identify healthier ways of managing anxiety, self-esteem issues, working with addiction issues and guilt and shame. John has special interest in these specific issues, although he is committed to always accommodate his clients needs and which ever area his client chooses to discuss.
John is an integrative counsellor and is registered with the BACP. He works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service in Wandsworth. John is currently working towards an advanced diploma in integrative counselling.