Islington Counselling

John Mackessy, MA, Adv Dip Couns, Dip Supervision, MBACP Accred.


Welcome to my site. You'll find information here about counselling, my approach and how this might be helpful to you.


I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and therapist based in Islington, a few minutes walk from Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station. Currently, during Covid, I can only offer telephone or online counselling (via Skype or Zoom).


Since 2001, I have offered counselling to a wide range of people with various concerns. I aim to provide a safe and helpful opportunity for clients to explore and move towards their own solutions and ways forward.


My work has involved helping people who are trying to deal with issues like depression, anxiety, stress, trauma or bereavement. Many individuals come with relationship issues, either during a relationship or when a significant relationship has ended.


Beyond my private practice, I have worked mainly in education and the charitable sector. I'm Counselling Placement Coordinator at London Metropolitan University, and have worked in various roles - counsellor, clinical supervisor and manager - at charities such as Witness Against Abuse, Action for Blind People and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

In these and other roles, I have counselled people who are having to manage major changes in their lives; changes that can affect their relationships, their careers and their sense of who they are. I have often worked with trauma and loss, where people are trying to adapt and reorientate themselves in their lives.


I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow BACP's Ethical Framework. I received a distinction for my Master's Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and supervise the work of counsellors and psychotherapists at London Met and elsewhere.


I also work as a teacher of counselling at CPPD Counselling School.

If you would like to arrange an initial telephone conversation with me you'd be very welcome to contact me by email. I will then get back to you to arrange a time to speak. It would help if you tell me when is a good time to ring and whether it's ok to leave a message for you. There is no charge for this initial conversation and it's covered by the same confidentiality as counselling.


I hope you find the information you need here but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Best wishes,


John Mackessy