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Hello, I’m John Crier and I’m an accredited Counsellor based in Atherton, Greater Manchester. My employment history includes significant careers within the Armed Forces and Corporate IT Management, both of which were high pressure jobs that involved working within close knit teams. During these careers I became increasingly aware of the importance of every individual and how work and personal pressures, internal conflicts and emotional or psychological issues can have a detrimental impact on our daily lives and ability to function. It was this and some key points in my own life that prompted me to work on my own emotional intelligence, gain a better understanding of psychology and ultimately re-train for a fulfilling career as a counsellor.  In addition to my counselling work, I work for a charity on a full time basis as a young person’s mentor and also volunteer with another young persons charity.

About Me

I employ an integrative approach to counselling which means that I do not work solely within the constraints of any particular counselling method or technique. The style and methods used are based on the individual needs and circumstances of each person and can be adapted as treatment progresses. Integral counselling also considers the whole person which allows us to identify how an issue with one element of our lives can have an impact elsewhere.

Sessions may include elements of the following types of therapy:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Gestalt Therapy

Human Givens Therapy


Person Centred Therapy

Psychoanalysis / Psychodynamic Therapy

Transactional Analysis

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS (Accred)) and I am bound by and adhere to the Code of Ethics of the society. I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Dip PC) and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (Dip Hyp CS). I am also formally trained in the use of the ‘Rewind Technique’ for the treatment of Phobias, Trauma & PTSD.  My membership grade at the above mentioned society means that I am entered onto their register of members that meet the standards for practice laid down by the Professional Standards Authority.  A video about the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register can be viewed in a new tab by clicking ‘here’.

John Crier - MNCS (Accred)

John Crier - Integral Counsellor

Sessions may also include some coaching techniques to aid clients in becoming more self-aware and to assist them in learning new positive coping strategies for the future.  Further details of the types of therapy that may be used are shown on my Services and Fees page.