John Heath B.Sc , M.Ed, AFBPsS, TSTA
- BSc (Psychology and Philosophy)
- M.Ed (Educational Psychology)
- CTA(P) – (Certified Transactional Analyst in the field of Psychotherapy)
- TSTA(P) – Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in the field of Psychotherapy
- UKCP registered psychotherapist (reg, no. 980279)
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist reg. no. 34078)
Problems I help to address: Anxiety, Depression, Low mood, Post Trauma issues, Relationship difficulties, Low self esteem, Psycho-somatic presentations, Stress.
Specialisms: Transactional Analysis, Humanistic, Person Centred, Integrative and Body Orientated Psychotherapy
Who I help
I have been a professional psychologist all my working life. I gained a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 1975. My first post was in Cambridgeshire and from there I took up a senior position in Cumbria in 1983. The work in education gave me a first hand understanding of the crucial influences of context, expectation and developmental experience in determining outcomes in people’s lives. I went on in my career to study and qualify in psychotherapy and register as a practitioner with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. By the mid 1990’s I had established a busy private therapy practice working mostly with adult clients.
In my therapeutic work I start from the position that all my clients are born to live a meaningful and satisfying life. My style of therapy is focussed on helping them find a stable and healthy sense of themselves and to manifest this in their current circumstances. This can involve helping address a range of symptoms such as stress, anxiety or low mood, which get in the way of healthy growth. These symptoms are often related to personal history and the work may well involve a review of earlier life experiences, decisions and conclusions. I have also developed something of a specialism in working psychologically with issues experienced in the body, including tension and similar physical symptoms that sometimes show up as postural habits. Patterns and connections often emerge which were previously not in conscious awareness and so it is of central importance that my clients and I build a working relationship of trust and confidence so that new insights can be processed in safety.
Psychotherapy cannot change what has already happened in a person’s life, but trauma and loss do not have to hold us hostage forever. I believe that with understanding and support these painful experiences can be left in the past and can cease to haunt the present.
I am now also involved in training and supervising psychotherapists both in the UK and abroad.
Our main offices are in Carlisle at:
13 Earl Street
Telephone: 01768 896969
We also have clinicians who see clients in Penrith, Wigton & Ivegill in Cumbria