My name is John Bate, welcome to my website.
My qualifications include Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, a Degree in Forensic Psychology, a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a L4 Certificate in CBT and I am a certified coach. I maintain my Continuing Professional Development with regular training courses and research.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society and also an accredited professional registrant member of the National Counselling Society and an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I use an Integrative therapy model which means that I have a variety of psychological and counselling approaches and 'tools' available to introduce, if appropriate. I start with a Person Centred approach and may integrate aspects of the following:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Acceptance/Commitment,
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy,
Neuro Linguistic Programming & the Rewind Technique.
Breath and control of the nervous system through focussed breathing.
I also use creative methods where appropriate and if you are comfortable to do so. With children/young people I may draw on more creative and play-oriented processes rather than relying purely on one-to-one discussion.
I love animals and have an incredibly energetic English Setter "Bodhi" and a King Charles Cavalier "Barley". I enjoy sports - in particular I do a lot of freediving (breath-hold diving under the water) - a discipline that I believe really helps me to share with my clients how to breathe in more healthy ways, and to regulate their nervous system more effectively. My other hobbies include surfing, Wing-Foiling, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, Photography and playing mandolin and Irish tenor banjo.
Picture: this is me.
Picture: my Cavalier "Barley", hoping to be a therapy dog one day...
Picture: Freediving - the importance of breathing correctly.