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!
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.
I look forward to another session soon
Martina S. Breen
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.
Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Integrative Health Coach at VHI
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.
Blanchardstown Local Employment Service
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.
Acomplish Change Clinics
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.
Promis Addiction Clinics UK
Sr. Joan Howard
The Open Door