Elaine Johnson Registered Counsellor and psychotherapist and member of the BACP
Are you ready to seek help? I am a registered professional member of BACP.
My aim is to help you feel more empowered and able to make even better choices and decisions. Sometimes in our lives we encounter difficulties that are hard to face on our own. Maybe you are struggling with relationship issues, going through a major life transition, suffering a loss whether through a life threatening illness for yourself or somebody close to you, miscarriage, termination, bereavement or redundancy. If you are struggling with low self esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, an eating disorder or addiction or at your wits end and feeling like walking out on your marriage. Needing to be understood or simply wanting to work through an awkward life issue you may be embarrassed to share with anybody else.
For many of us we may struggle with issues from the past, sometimes as far back as childhood, these can affect our lives and relationships and counselling can support this healing process and remove negative patterns. Whatever the reason you are reading this please do not believe "I think I am going mad / loosing the plot" you are not the first to be experiencing such thoughts.
I am empathic and passionate about helping people achieve their greatest potential, recognising their strengths and weaknesses, moving forwards in life where they can thrive as individuals. At the heart of my work is the belief that we all have within us the resources and wisdom we need to overcome difficulties.
I work in a person centred and integrative way using CBT and other models depending on the issue. Where creative skills such as drawing, journalling, stones and shell work can be helpful and as agreed with you these can bring new insights.
When a child does not receive the basic elements of being attached to a secure caregiver this may result in difficulties relating to others. It may result in anxieties when a person we feel attracted to goes away, even for a short period of time. For others they are unable to tolerate close relationships causing difficulties in adult life in families and creating intimacy problems. Counselling may help to form a "secure base" within a relationship of trust although this is not a friendship it can help to try out new ways of relating.
Coming for counselling can often be seen as a journey and sometimes the first step is the hardest step. However every journey starts with the first step. It is my belief that counselling works best when client and therapist are truly at ease with each other.I hope to journey with you and help facilitate the healing change and relationship building you are hoping for.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I provide professional and confidential counselling in a safe and supportive environment. I am experienced in a broad range of issues (see below) and can offer either short term (up to 8 weeks) or long term support.
Certificate in counselling
Diploma in counselling
Extended training in CBT , Supervision, Couples Counselling, Attachment Theory,The use of Creative skills in therapy.
In 2004 I began my counselling training, gaining a certificate and then a diploma in therapeutic counselling. Since then I have worked in agency and private practice work.
Registered Counsellor and psychotherapist and member of the BACP. I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) ethical framework of good practice. I have regular personal supervision with a qualified supervisor, which ensures that my counselling standards and ethics are being respected and maintained. I also attend regular ongoing training and continuous personal development to ensure that my skills and knowledge are up to date. I offer a compassionate and non judgemental space to help you overcome a wide range of problems and am not easily shocked. I see people at my home in a specific room set aside for counselling, where you can feel safe and secure in discussing your worries and concerns.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Sessions are for 1 hour my fees are £35 a session payable at the end of each session for individuals by cash or cheque. Couples counselling £50 an hour.
For enquiries or to make an appointment please call or email me. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message and your telephone number and I will return your call as soon as I am free to discuss your needs.
I have also completed a 2 year course in spiritual direction / accompaniment which can add an extra dimension to our work should you want this. I look forward to working with you whatever your faith/religion or none.
Some of my recent training has involved attachment theory and working with the inner child and deep release work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Week days and limited evenings last appointment 8.00pm
Types of client