John Karter, Writer and Psychotherapist


I joined The Times in 1973, working initially as a sports sub-editor and then section editor and writer. I left in 1986 to join The Independent, and in 1990 joined The Sunday Times as a columnist. In 1998 I left to concentrate on writing books and developing my career as a psychotherapist.

I have had seven books published:

The Love Delusion - Say 'No' to the Hollywood Lie and Find Real and Lasting Love (The Ebook Partnership, 2013), which debunks the myth of falling in love with 'the one and only', as portrayed in movies and romantic novels.

Introducing Psychology of Relationships 
(Icon Books, 2012), an analysis of the many factors underlying relationships, ranging from communication and conflict to sex and partner choice.

Richmond Park
(with photographer Alex Saberi, ACC, 2012), a homage to the iconic Royal Park, which draws millions of families, wildlife enthusiasts, television crews and photographers, through its gates each year.

Profit (Roast Books, 2009), a novella, whose principal character, an arrogant tycoon, uses reverse psychology to provide telling insights into today's 'me' society.

Training To Be A Therapist (Open University Press, 2002), which offers a 'student's eye' view of the complex psychological and emotional issues involved in training as a psychotherapist.

Frankie Dettori, The Illustrated Biography 
(Headline, 1995), a profile of the charismatic Italian-born rider; 

Lester - Return Of A Legend 
(Headline, 1992), a biography of the 11 times champion jockey, Lester Piggott.

I have taught creative writing classes at Esher College and also delivered writing workshops for Richmond Council.


I am registered as a psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Psychodyamic Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's College, and a Certificate in Counselling Skills from Westminster Pastoral Foundation.

I have a private practice in Kingston in Surrey, and have worked as a therapist for GamCare, the national association for gambling addiction; the Child, Adolescent and Family Unit of the NHS in Surbiton; West Thames College; Bedelsford School for disabled children; and the Gordon Psychiatric Hospital.

My areas of speciality are: relationships, depression, addictions, and stress, but I also deal with a wider range of emotional and psychological difficulties.

I have worked as a tutor at Regent's College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and Richmond upon Thames College.

My book On Training To Be A Therapist is used as a standard text on many training courses.



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