John enjoyed a full time career in the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, pioneering the introduction of a colleague support system, which included the teaching of counselling skill techniques on an inter-agency basis and Victim Support Volunteers. He specialised in the areas of post trauma defusing/debriefing, stress and equal opportunities training. In 1989 he was awarded the JP Noble Prize for his dissertation "Anxiety & Phobias a Cognitive Perspective."
He was awarded his PhD in 2002 and also became an EMDR Consultant. He worked in Primary Health Care for 16 years has had a private practice since 1990. In 2005 he completed TRiM practitioner & assessors training with the Royal Marines and regularly attends the force Trim refresher/training sessions.
His work with the police covered trauma and its effects involving incidents of arrests, fatalities, murders and shooting incidents. He retired the force in 2013 but continues his therapeutic work taking many referrals from Devon & Cornwall Police. John has a reputation for innovative therapeutic work. He is an active EMDR Consultant running supervision privately and for NHS groups and continues to submit candidates for accreditation. He receives regular supervision and is married with four children.