John MacFadyen

Professional profile

I initially trained as a Social Worker specialising in therapeutic work with children and families.

I started my Psychotherapy training in 1991 with Karuna Institute and finished in 1995, accrediting in 1998. The Karuna Institute trains psychotherapists to be Core Process Psychotherapists. The model is quite eclectic but primarily interfaces many aspects of Buddhist Psychology and other contemplative and meditative spiritual traditions with early developmental relational psychology and psychodynamic theories. The work of D.W. Winnicott, Ronald Fairbairn and Frank Lake are the main reference points as well as neuroscience and attachment theory.

I joined the team of psychotherapists and counsellors at Wellspring in 1995 part time and have continued to be a member of that team to the present time.

In 2000 I undertook the Psychotherapy Supervision Training with Karuna Institute and continued on to do the advanced training in 2001. I have been seeing Psychotherapy clients since 1993 and supervising Groups and individual Psychotherapists and Counsellors since 2000. I am registered as a Psychotherapist and a Supervisor with UKCP.

Over the years I have attended a number of courses on Child Protection, brief therapy, systemic family therapy, de-escalation skills, attachment and bonding, working with fathers and narrative and solution focused therapy. I also trained to be a Practice Teacher and supervised Social Work students. I have developed my own models of group therapy with children and adults and provide ‘Play Group Therapy’ sessions for children within the community.

Beginning in 2001 I apprenticed to be a trainer with the Karuna Institute and since then have regularly provided Introductory courses in Scotland and been a member of the training team who taught the first Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy PQMA in Scotland.

It is a great privilege to be involved in a variety of therapeutic roles, agencies, training and supervision frontiers.

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