John began his journey into therapies while working as a Residential Social worker, training at Teesside University in the late 1980s. Since then John has developed his therapeutic skills from his humanistic beginnings into CBT and finally EMDR.
John was a lecturer in Counselling at East Durham College and Sunderland University teaching a wide range of counselling and therapeutic skills and courses.
Latterly John has been working for a local charity, working with people with long-term multi-dimensional barriers affecting their lives.
In 2010 – 2012 John began to work more intensively with OCD, finding the conventional treatment had not been as successful as it should with the complex client group he had been working with. A number of clients had been failed by conventional treatments and so John began to develop a EMDR treatment.
By the end of 2011 the process of publishing his on going research was almost complete, with the publication-taking place in early 2012.
Since then Leeds NHS Trust with input from John have carried out an ECO research project comparing effectiveness of CBT treatment compared to the Adapted EMDR programme. EMDR demonstrated its effectiveness in the long-term benefits of EMDR over CBT.
John is providing select workshops around the UK, and hopes those who become interested in this therapeutic process will go on to complete further research into the benefits of EMDR in the treatment of OCD