My name is John Bate, welcome to my website.
My qualifications include a Degree in Forensic Psychology, a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a certified coach; I maintain my Continuing Professional Development with regular training courses and research. I am currently studying for a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society and also a member of the National Counselling Society and British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I use an Integrative counselling 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 am currently training up my young Cavalier "Barley" who I hope will one day become a therapy dog. 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.
Picture: this is me.
Picture: my Cavalier "Barley", hoping to be a therapy dog one day...
Picture: Freediving - the importance of breathing correctly.
Picture: I enjoy ultramarathon running although I'm pretty slow!