John Whelehan Therapeutic Counselling

Counselling Psychology in FULHAM & Epsom

It's possible that counselling can help you to lead a fuller life...

Guiding your journey to self discovery, insight and healing.

Counselling based in Fulham (within easy reach of Hammersmith, Putney, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick)

and Epsom (within easy reach of Leatherhead, Guilford, Sutton, Banstead, Croydon, Chessington).

About Me

Hi, I'm John.

Psychology has been my passion for nearly 30 years. The first book I read on the subject was ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M Scott Peck in 1994. I have been gripped ever since. As well as a full honours degree in Applied Psychology (BSc) which I began in Durham University in 1999 I also hold a postgraduate CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling and a foundational qualification in the Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy.

Being a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) means my work adheres to the BACP ethical framework. Part of my counselling training included a years placement with Place2be giving me significant experience in working with young children.15 years of my career have been spent working closely with clients who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and learning difficulties.

My professional development is ongoing, I am currently working towards accreditation in the Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy. My current proffessional interests include body psychotherapy, Jungian analysis and methods of recovery from addictive cycles of behaviour. My personal experience in psychotherapy is a significant factor in my ongoing enthusiasm for my work. A personal interest in emotional well being, spiritual growth and psychological development continues to be a passion as a result of this I have invested many years as a client in various psychotherapeutic disciplines and meditative practices. I also dedicate a significant amount of my time to a deeper appreciation of theology, philosophy and the creative arts.

I am always keen to offer insights into the process of therapy. I am happy to signpost and I welcome new enquiries.

My therapeutic approach is integrative, focusing on exploring client relationships with people, places, and things. Current relationships may seem like obstacles, yet they mirror emotional patterns from our past. I firmly believe upbringing profoundly shapes our personalities. While we can't alter our past relationships, understanding them better helps recognize their influence on our present lives.

I consistently view my work as illuminating the figurative room within our lives. In this room, we find various furniture symbolizing significant life events. Deepening self-awareness is like brightening the room. As this occurs, we no longer need to consciously navigate around the furniture; instead, we instinctively avoid it.

I prioritize the quality of the client-therapist relationship. Renowned psychotherapist Irvin Yalom suggested, "It's the relationship that heals," and the relational model influenced my training. This approach profoundly shapes my practice. Ultimately, the connection between client and therapist is the one relationship the therapist observes firsthand.

What Happens in a Session

In my counselling sessions, I offer an integrative, warm, and friendly approach, which means you can expect a nurturing and supportive environment where your well-being is my top priority. Here's what typically happens in a session with me:

Warm Welcome:

You'll experience a warm welcome, ensuring comfort and ease as we start our sessions, creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Open Conversation:

Expect a non-judgmental, empathetic space where you can freely express your thoughts and feelings. I'll actively listen, encouraging open communication and understanding.

Tailored Approach:

I'll recognize your individuality and use diverse techniques to tailor each session precisely to your specific needs, ensuring a personalized and effective approach.


Together, we'll delve into the issues you're facing, gaining deeper insights and collaboratively facing challenges to foster personal growth.

Emotional Support:

I'll provide continuous emotional support, guiding you through the navigation of difficult feelings and facilitating healing and personal growth.


Get ready for empowerment! I'll offer guidance and provide you with a diverse set of tools and strategies to build resilience and effectively handle life's challenges.

Growth and Self-Discovery:

Our sessions will facilitate self-discovery and growth, tapping into your innate strengths and potential for a transformative journey beyond addressing problems.


Rest assured, your privacy is crucial. Our discussions will be kept confidential, creating a trustworthy environment for open and honest communication.

The Holding Approach:

Experience a secure and supportive environment where we encourage the exploration of your inner world without fear, fostering personal growth and self-discovery.

Whether you're seeking support for specific issues or looking for personal growth, my integrative, warm, and friendly approach ensures that each counseling session is a step forward on your path to well-being and self-discovery.

Fees & Location

I practice at two locations: Fulham in South West London and Epsom in Surrey. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are typically scheduled weekly on the same day and at the same time.

The current fee for sessions in Fulham is £80, and in Epsom, it's £70.

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how I work, or to arrange a session.

You can also call me on 07885 587362 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All contact is strictly confidential.

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