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
John provided a thorough, professional and tailored mindfulness programme for the organisation. He put time and attention into assessing our needs and continually checked in to see if adaptations were needed to ensure the audience received the most beneficial programme. The breadth and depth of experience that John brings to mindfulness theory and practice was very evident. It was a pleasure to work with John and to benefit from his programme.
Gorta Self-help Africa
I attended John's The Power of Now workshop in The Sanctuary, this time was just short workshop but all the information and practice given was well worth! We learned about connecting with our inner-self and how to quiet our mind, observe our thoughts, feelings and pain. Absolutely brilliant for anyone, working in the office or a busy place. Attending this course has been beneficial to both my personal and professional life. John is very welcoming and warm person. I cant wait to go to all John's courses!
John has facilitated a number of team-building days for our LCDP team at Blanchardstown Area Partnership. The latest of these days took place three weeks ago and was a great success. John is a pleasure to work with - professional, flexible and will build the experience according to the needs of his clients. I look forward to working with John again soon
Blanchardstown Area Partnership
John Doherty facilitated the Google Detachment Day in Dublin, September 2014. His calm and very friendly nature made it easy for everyone to adapt and follow his guidance. John has a great way of visualizing complex things so we all could learn a lot by experience which is much more powerful than listening to words. I also really enjoyed his presence and energy that even convinced people who have never meditated before. The whole day with John was absolutely valuable, relaxing and made it easy to detach from daily business or thoughts. Would definitely recommend everyone to join his course and if I would not live in Germany I would attend every week.
YouTube Space Berlin
John Doherty has been providing lunchtime mindfulness and meditation lunchtime sessions for the staff of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross for many years now. His sessions are always well attended and have had a positive effect on our staff, increasing capacity and impact of the important work that they do. He has also provided one day sessions in the Education and Research Centre which have been positively evaluated by participants. A wonderful man, an encouraging mentor and someone who can make a real difference to individual and organisational practice and performance. Highly recommended.
Our Ladies Hospice
I actually would have no hesitation to recommend John in facilitating groups in the field of mindfulness and addiction to anyone. I believe who ever will have an experience of attending John’s groups will benefit immensely. John did facilitate groups for Rehab in Dublin Simon Community for couple of years. I have been present at some of his groups. Every time I was amazed at a level of a skills John has. His groups were one of the most favorites among our clients. Possibly he had the best attendance by the people as well. I have learned as professional a lot about how to facilitate groups on mindfulness and addiction. As a human being I always felt at peace after those groups. There was a lot of compassion, understanding and challenging in a very tentative, person centered way in the groups facilitated by John.
The Simon Community Rehab Services
Sr. Joan Howard
The Open Door