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Mindfulness & Spiritual Wellbeing Teacher & Trainer, Spiritual Counsellor, Spiritualist Medium, Interfaith Celebrant & Cross-Professional Supervisor

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Denise

1-1 Spiritual Counselling

When I met John through serendipity several years ago, my life was imploding and I was losing the plot. I began working with him regularly, as bad became worse and worse. It would be an understatement to say that my life is great now. I am happier than I have ever been, and working with John continues to mean so much to me it is difficult to put in words. It has been an honour and a privilege, truly, to have John’s support through so much profound change.

Everyone in my circle knows that I hold John in the absolute highest regard. I often talk about my conversations with him, and how they have provoked change in ways that I have not expected or experienced before. They notice that I smile when I say his name, and that he challenges my obstinate patterns with love at the centre of everything.

He creates a strong and safe container and I trust him. I can talk with him about anything whatsoever and he will engage with deep interest, enthusiasm, and an open heart. He is very funny and very smart, and not easy to shock. With him I have learned that I am not alone and that everything will work out how it should.

 

 

Denise
Spain

Dearbhla

1-1 Spiritual Counselling

Over the years, I have attended some of John’s one-day workshops in the Sanctuary and a couple of his New Year Retreats. Because of those very positive experiences I recently contacted John for 1-1 counselling on a challenge in my career. With John’s help I ended up exploring much deeper, more meaningful issues. Over a series of Zoom calls his kind, intelligent, thoughtful and skilful approach created a safe and healing space for me. I highly recommend John’s services - from workshops to retreats to counselling. All of these have enriched my life.

Dearbhla
Ireland

Sara

1-1 Spiritual Counselling
"Working with John has been a beautiful gift. I have felt heard, seen, held and understood. He seems to naturally bring compassion, intuition, knowledge and wisdom to the counselling process. I am so happy to have found him, as I continue to explore and heal  deeper layers of unresolved issues. He truly offered me a safe space.
I you are lucky enough to find John, I hope you feel like I did, blessed to be able to trust his knowing and open mind and heart."
 
Sara
Canada

Maria

1-1 Spiritual Wellbeing, Counselling & Discovery

When I first met John as a teacher and lecturer in spirituality, I experienced the invigorating depth, clarity and boundaries spiced up with humour and understanding, both in his teaching and his personality.

As a spiritual counsellor he cast light on the toxic shame that had stunted many areas of my life and helped me heal. He guided my inner child towards a strong sense of belonging in my own world and in my being as a confident adult.

Now, whenever the insecurity and fear try to take over, I know that when I embrace with tenderness and radically accept any difficult emotions that might arise, I will be safe again.

I have experienced radical improvement in every relationship I care about.

I recovered intimacy in my marriage, trust in my parenting and freedom in the way I want to present in the world.

It’s always work in progress, but I could not recommend him highly enough.

Thank you John!

Maria
Ireland

Mashallah

1-1 Spiritual Wellbeing, Counselling & Discovery

Thank you so much for today.

Your insights and your beautiful expressions of what you felt and observed allowed me to be “seen”and also to enable me to talk freely  and comfortable without inhibitions about some of the things that I have never discussed with anyone ever.

The journey of self love and care will remain at the forefront of my ministry, in order to support the alignment of my soul journey.

Namaste 🙏🏽

I look forward to another session soon

Mashallah
United Kingdom

Martina

1-1 Spiritual Wellbeing, Counselling & Discovery

I am delighted to be given the opportunity to write a few words of endorsement for John Doherty. I met John through my search for Spiritual Direction in early 2021 and have been working with him since. I am an accredited psychotherapist and Spiritual Director myself and wanted companioning on my journey of exploring and deepening my Spiritual life path.

My immediate experience of John was that he was authentic, honest, direct and knowledgeable. John offers deep listening, Spiritual insight and gentle informed guidance. I experience Spiritual Direction as Soul-work; The primary intention of my work with John is the deepening of my relationship with myself and the movement of Spirit in my life.

We all have moments in our lives where we are in need of meaning-making or time of needing to make significant decisions. We need a space for our deepest desires and struggles to be spoken in the presence of another person. In relationship with John as spiritual director, there is a safe place to share innermost thoughts and feelings. This, I feel, is where discernment is important as opposed to deciding or getting advice. John supports this discernment process through deep listening, gentle challenge, contemplative grounding and insightful guidance.

As a therapist, John works ethically and professionally at all times. His candid sharing of his insight to his own life experiences has the ability to deepen the work whilst staying firmly rooted in the humanistic principles of Spiritual Direction. There is a mutuality and intimacy in the relational work of spiritual direction that is not always present in psychotherapy and I experience both of these qualities emanating from John in his work as Spiritual Director.

Paula Murray

Group Supervision
Careers Advisor at Blanchardstown Local Employment Service

John has provided external supervision and coaching to our group of up to 10 Guidance Professionals in Blanchardstown Local Employment Service for the last 9 years.

I have found John to be very professional, insightful and supportive of the work and any issues faced.

John uses various tools and techniques to support self exploration.

He brings a wisdom and a light hearted humour to the space that he holds.

Aisling Killoran

1-1 Supervision

Hypnotherapist | Counselling | Fertility Help | Stress Management | Self Help Workshops | Accomplish Change Clinic Dublin

John is great as my Supervisor.

Be it in person or via Skype, the work and support is terrific.

He has a great way of imparting his observations and his listening skills are phenomenal.

He is 100% ethical and non-judgemental.

His ability to see your blind-spots without jumping in with comments! along with his observation and questioning style is truly remarkable.

I thoroughly would recommend John as a supervisor and also for group work and mindfulness workshops and retreats.

Aisling Killoran
Acomplish Change Clinics

Lyn Kirby

1-1 Supervision
Unit Manager and Senior Addiction Therapist at Promis Addiction Clinics London, UK

I have been in Supervision with John since about 2011. From working with him I have gained valuable insight into the way I work and why this is so. I have always felt supported even when challenged.

The benefits of being in supervision with John are that my awareness has deepened both about myself and the work I do with clients and this has been invaluable. I have learned to challenge myself with good impact on clients.

When I returned to the UK in 2012 I was employed as Team Leader in an addiction and psychiatric service and started Skype supervision with John. When I left that service to take up the post as Clinical Manager at Promis London I continued Skype sessions every two weeks and these remain an important part of my support and development as a therapist.

I cannot begin to thank John for his support whist working within a difficult team which helped me to be able to move forward in my career.

John is a true professional demonstrating years of experience which he brings to my supervision.

I have grown in confidence as a therapist as well as a person and I attribute this to my continued work with John.

Sr. Joan Howard

Group Supervision
Director Open Door
My group - The Open Door Centre for Spirituality - in Melbourne Australia, has enjoyed professional, caring, informative interaction with John Doherty for a number of years now. The great percentage has been on Skype - accommodating the time gaps between northern and southern hemispheres. We count ourselves lucky to have access to such great formation and excellent supervision. Thanks John
Sr. Joan Howard
The Open Door