My Background

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


I began counselling back in 2001, though my role supporting people dates back further than this to when I ran a project for the mental health charity MIND.


My professional qualifications include a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. I also hold a first class honours degree from the University of London and received a distinction for my Master's degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

I am senior counsellor at London Metropolitan University, where I coordinate the volunteer counselling service, and I also work privately as a trainer, counsellor and clinical supervisor.


More of my time has been spent on teaching and supervising the work of trainee counsellors since August 2012, when I departed the Royal National Institute of Blind People, where I had been Senior Counsellor and Service Coordinator for some years.


I currently teach on well-regarded counselling trainings at CPPD Counselling School and at City Lit.

Prior to RNIB, I worked for WITNESS Against Abuse with people who had suffered trauma and abuse, including abuse by counsellors and therapists. Through this, I learned a great deal about counselling from clients' perspectives and, I believe, to counsel in a way that feels safe and respectful to my clients.


For three years I was part of the counselling team at City Lit, counselling students in higher education. Some of this work was with people with learning difficulties who were returning to education. Students would come to the counselling service with a wide range of issues, from problems with their studies and events in their lives, such as relationship problems, to ongoing mental health concerns.

Prior to my counselling work I ran an Employment and Training Project in Haringey for MIND. This involved helping people to access educational, training and work opportunities and supporting them during this process. I have also worked in the past as a teacher, run workshops and offered training and facilitation, mainly to counsellors, social workers, psychotherapists and people who use mental health services.