Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching & Supervision

John Mackessy, MA, Adv Dip Couns, Dip Supervision, MBACP Accred.


Welcome to my site. You'll find information here about things therapeutic, my approach to them and how this might be helpful to you.


I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist based in Islington, London. Currently, I am only offering telephone or online counselling, therapy, supervision and coaching (via Skype or Zoom).

I am registered as a recognized practitioner with several medical insurance companies, such as AXA etc.


Since 2001, I have worked with a wide range of people with an even wider range of concerns needs and life challenges. I provide a safe and confidential space for clients to progress towards their own solutions and ways forward, personally and professionally.


I have helped people with issues like depression, anxiety, stress, trauma or bereavement. Many individuals come with relationship problems, either during a relationship or when a significant relationship has ended. Much of my work also supports people with personal and professional development - this could be anything from communication/people skills, to assertiveness and conflict resolution. You don't have to have a 'problem' to come for counselling or coaching.


Beyond my private practice, I have worked mainly in the education and charitable sectors. I was Counselling Placement Coordinator at London Metropolitan University, until May 2022 and have worked in various roles - counsellor, clinical supervisor and manager - at charities such as Witness Against Abuse, Action for Blind People and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

In these and other roles, I have counselled people who are having to manage major changes in their lives; changes that can affect their relationships, their careers and their sense of who they are. I have often worked with trauma and loss, where people are trying to adapt and reorientate themselves in their lives.


I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow BACP's Ethical Framework. I received a distinction for my Master's Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and supervise the work of counsellors and psychotherapists.


I also work as a teacher of counselling at CPPD Counselling School.

If you would like to arrange an initial telephone or online conversation with me you'd be very welcome to contact me by email. I will then get back to you to arrange a time to speak. It would help if you tell me when is a good time to ring and whether it's ok to leave a message for you. There is no charge for this initial conversation and it's covered by the same confidentiality as counselling.


I hope you find the information you need here but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Best wishes,


John Mackessy