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Dr John Burns

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


I am an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professions Council, and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

I have worked in various positions and different contexts in the NHS, working with adults, and young people. My most recent post in the NHS was as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working across three prisons in Surrey. 

I bring a warm, open, and down-to-earth approach to my work and aim to provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space to talk. 
I have extensive experience of delivering psychological therapy with a wide range of problems including: anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD; trauma and abuse; low mood and depression; irritability and anger; loss and grief; problems with alcohol or drugs; problems related to self-esteem, identity, and self-worth; self-harming; struggles adjusting to life problems or changes; problems in relationships; difficulties getting the most out of your work or home life


​I can provide Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, or a more flexible and integrative therapy that is tailored to an individual's particular need.


What to expect

The first stage of therapy aims to develop an understanding of the problems, how they started, what things might be them keeping going, and what strengths and coping mechanisms you draw on.


How therapy progresses is then dependent on the kinds of issues you want to explore. Some problems are better suited to a structured goal-orientated approach that aims to address current symptoms. In this case we would work together to agree a set of goals and a treatment plan. This type of therapy may be relatively short-term (e.g 6-20 sessions) but is dependent on the type and severity of the problems. 


Other problems may require a long-term approach that aims to work on a deeper level and could last several years. There may not be specific problems but a desire to explore things in a more open-ended way. Periodic reviews of the therapy would take place where you can discuss how you feel it is working and review ongoing goals for therapy. 


Qualifications and Training

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Royal Holloway

Schema Therapy Foundation Training, Schema Therapy Associates

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, EMDR accredited Trainer: Sian Morgan

Professional Registrations

Health and Care Professions Council

British Psychological Society

British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies.

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