John Kennedy 

Adv. Dip. Counselling (COSCA)

As your counsellor John will offer understanding, acceptance and support wherever you are at and, whilst not offering advice or solutions, he will support you in finding your voice and your own way forward. John aims to create a warm welcoming space within which you can bring everything you want and need to talk about, especially the things you struggle with or that have not felt heard elsewhere.

John Kennedy has an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. He graduated 10 years ago. During his studies his placement was at the PF Counselling Service. He continued to work there for another year after graduating then set up a private practice. He has over the years worked with a variety of clients. In addition to counselling John also works for the Department of Health and Social Care in Edinburgh where he helps run a community based project for adults with learning difficulties. This work has taught him about how much impact respectful, nourishing and supportive relationships can make to people’s lives. 

The main counselling model John works with is person centred though he is influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice. 

What is counselling and how can it help?

Counselling is a gentle and supportive process. It sensitively encourages each person to express their story in their own way and at their own pace. It highly values the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our particular situation. It creates a safe space to explore who you are and what you want.  Counselling is based on the belief that through learning to value and accept our thoughts and feelings we gain a better understanding of ourselves. This increased self-awareness and acceptance of who we are means we can begin to re-connect to our in-built knowledge of what is best for us. These insights give us the opportunity to choose more fulfilling ways of living our lives.

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Whether it's an unresolved moment from your past, an area needing attention in the present or the desire for life to take a new direction, counselling offers you the time and space you need to explore. 

Coming to counselling for the first time can feel a little daunting and people aren't always sure what to expect. It may feel difficult to pick up the phone and make that first appointment especially when things are tough. Many people have been glad that they took that first step. 

John practices from Napiers Edinburgh Clinic
If you would like to contact John directly on 07890 685 346, feel free to give him a call. He’s happy to have a chat and arrange an initial appointment. You can also visit John's website here.

Alternatively, if you need any further help please call Napiers Edinburgh Clinic on 0131 225 5542 or email