A little informal information about me:
My name is John Kenney and I am a trained professional Counsellor and Life Coach with a very multifaceted education and training history. I have worked as a Counsellor and provided Life Coaching for Couples and Individuals for over 22 years.
I have received training from:
- Vancouver Community College
- Douglas College
- Gottman marital therapy institute
- Hakomi Education Network
- Vancouver College of Counsellor Training
- Private work with some of the pioneers working with trauma and PTSD
- Ongoing training from the International Coaches Federation
- Plus endless books, workbooks, personal research, work and growth and the experience gained from thousands of client hours.
I am a specialist in dealing with Marriages and Relationships, as well as anxiety, panic disorder and personality disorders. I have worked with Fraser Health, building an outreach program for agoraphobic clients and clients who suffer from debilitating anxiety.
I have always had an avid interest in psychology and have known for most all my life I wanted to work in the psychology field.
I love working with and helping all types of people and feel it has enriched my life exponentially.
I have led an interesting and eclectic life for over 52 or so years. This enables me to see things from many different perspectives and to provide insight that academic training alone cannot provide.
I have the most amazing partner to share this wonderful world with, to laugh with, to heal with, to adventure with, to love and grow old together. I am a very lucky guy!
I am a father of four amazing boys – 2 grown adults and two younger step kids who keep me quite busy and show me so much love.
I have worked for myself since the age of 13.
I have worked as a nanny as well as having my own daycare specializing in the care of babies.
I have dealt with anxiety and panic attacks and depression for most of my life.
I am a lifelong learner, reader and information gatherer.
I have an active interest in nutrition and fitness.
I have lived in England, The Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island
I am a musician, I have played guitar and drums in rock bands as well as owning my own recording studio and recorded two albums of my own.
I am a trained mechanic and restore British sports cars and motorcycles and am an avid motorcycle and sports car enthusiast.
I am a reluctant jogger....very reluctant.....
I am estranged from my biological family and have chosen a new family from amazing friends.
I have a very well-developed feminine side.
I cannot spell and “suffer” from dyslexia…. I have lrned ot leiv with ti.
I am an adventure seeker and enjoy trying new things and gaining new experiences. I will try pretty much anything…at least once. …this has got me into a lot of trouble, but a lot of fun too.
I have an affinity for bunnies, Winnie the Pooh and Minions. The latter I cannot explain except they make me smile.
I enjoy good movies especially mysteries and ones about time travel.
I have chronic muscle pain but don’t let it slow me down at all. I probably should, but that would be boring.
I have made pretty much every mistake one can make in life but have learned a great deal from every one.
I am pretty darn happy most of the time and enjoy life immensely.
Counselling Skills and Training:
Life Coach specific training – Ongoing – 2016 to present
Hakomi body centred psychotherapy – 2008 to present
Gottman Institute for Marital Therapy – 2000 to present
Counselling Skills Program, Vancouver Community College, graduated – 1999
Working with Shock Trauma – Vancouver Community College, 1999
Panic and Anxiety: A research-based approach – BC Psychiatric services -1998
Professional Counselling Associations:
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
Gottman Relationship Checkup Approved provider.