James Johnson, Individual and Couples Counsellor. PGDip Reg.MBACP

James Johnson, Individual and Couples Counsellor. PGDip Reg.MBACP

51 Hackwood Road
RG21 3AE

The Therapy Centre
6B Church Street

01256 781833 / 07876 211377

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51 Hackwood Road
RG21 3AE

The Therapy Centre
6B Church Street

01256 781833 / 07876 211377

About me

Congratulations on taking these important steps in improving your well-being and thank you for considering my services! I am a fully qualified, BACP Registered Therapist offering Individual and Couples Counselling, and Psychotherapy in central Basingstoke and Reading.

My core belief is that we are all essentially healthy beings and my intention is to support you to reconnect with your healthy internal resources. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, you do have the ability to heal; all that we need sometimes is a safe, supportive space in which to do this and a warm, consistent and experienced therapist willing to really listen and help guide us to our own resources.

When we are heard and seen in a space of warmth, acceptance and awareness transformation can happen.

What can you expect from Individual Counselling

People talk of me as being approachable, personable, playful, respectful and warm. I will invite you in therapy to relate to me as openly as possible; about what's wrong, and how you feel and think about what's wrong. I will listen without judgement and with warmth to how you are experiencing the issues you are facing and from this awareness we can either work towards acceptance of how things are or work together to highlight which solutions and choices will suit your needs moving forward.

Sometimes I may need to guide you. I may invite you to look at other perspectives. I may also offer you creative and scientific techniques that can be helpful in understanding how and why we feel, think and behave in certain ways at certain times. Rest assured that whatever I offer you will be done respectfully and only with your consent. Your life is your life and I will always deeply respect your wishes to live your life as you see fit.

As therapy progresses we may also look to explore your past; understanding your past can help you understand how things are for you in the present. However, most of the work we do together will focus on how you experience life in the present. It is my belief that from the present moment you can access fresh awareness and develop the resources you already have that will lead to you feeling more open, receptive, calm and alive in relationship with yourself and others.

To make the most of your therapy weekly sessions work best, at first. Usually positive change can be felt in the first few sessions. After this it's really up to you how long you want to see me for. Some people benefit from a few sessions to help with a crisis. Some people want to see me for a longer period to get to the root of what is holding them back from living a full and satisfying life.

It has been a privilege in my time as a therapist to have helped many clients overcome many issues you would visit your GP for including anxiety, depression, bipolar or manic depression, panic disorder, phobias, postnatal depression, relationship issues, addiction, abuse, family issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, eating disorders and anger management.

What can you expect from Couples Counselling

In couples counselling I work creatively with avoidance and conflict, taking an active role in facilitating those important discussions. I help couples with communication problems, affairs, loss of intimacy & desire, and loss of direction in long-term relationships.

You will be encouraged to avoid blame and take responsibility; working issues through together as a couple in a safe, calm and creative way. I will help you recognise your relationships strengths and weaknesses and your responsibilities moving forward. (Please see my website blog - "How to Benefit from Couples Counselling" for more info about what to expect)

Couples therapy is a highly specialised form of therapy and I would always recommend you visit someone who is a Professionally trained Couples Therapist.

I am fully qualified and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work with a diverse range of clients and have over 8 years experience working in organisations, hospitals, education and privately.

I work from my offices in central Basingstoke and Reading. I can normally see clients within 1 week of making initial contact.

Next Steps

Please feel free to call me, or what many people do is email me first to arrange an informal chat. I can then call you at a time that suits you. The telephone call will be roughly 20-minutes and in that time you can get a good idea of how I can help you and if I am the right therapist for you. It is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and if you feel we don't 'click' then I will be happy to provide you with referrals to other therapists. I will do the same if I feel I can't meet your requirements.

Thank you for reading my profile, I hope that you have found it helpful. Please see my website for more details of how I can help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Couples Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling

Further Clinical Training

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training (MBCT)
Trauma in Therapy Training
Sexuality Training
Online Therapy Training
Interpersonal Dialogue Training
Suicide and Self-harm Awareness
Gambling Addiction Certificate
Mindfulness in Counselling Training
Safeguarding Adults Certificate
Working with Ambivalence
Attachment and Neuroscience in Therapy

In line with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 'Ethical Guidelines for Best Practice' I undertake regular supervision and training. My work is reviewed regularly, so I can offer you the best service possible.

I hold a current DBS check and professional indemnity insurance.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

LGBT issues, mindfulness and meditation, creativity, personal growth and transformation, spirituality.

I have studied Mindfulness and incorporate this into my therapeutic approach. Mindfulness invites us to live less in our heads - where we ruminate over the past and worry about the future, which can lead to depression, anxiety and related difficulties - It is far better for our mental heath that we spend time being present, in the present we are able to experience more freedom, peace, creativity and well-being. If you would like to learn these mindfulness skills (and anyone can learn them!), I can help you do this.

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  • Counselling Office Basingstoke
  • Counselling Room


There will be no fee for the initial phone consultation (for Individual Counselling) - an informal 30-minute discussion in which you can get a sense of whether therapy with me will work for you.

Individual counselling - my current fee for a weekly session is £40 per 50-minutes.

Couples counselling - my current fee for a weekly session is £60 per 60-minutes and £90 for 1.5-hours.

The first session for Couples lasts 1.5-hours and is charged at £60, thereafter you can decide the length of your sessions.

Do I offer reduced fees?

The fee is negotiable for low waged clients - please ask me.

I also offer a 10% discount on fees when you book and prepay for 6 counselling sessions in advance. If you choose this option, all 6 sessions must be used within 2 months.

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Further information

Please see my website for further details - www.jamesjohnsoncounselling.co.uk

Meeting face-to-face may not always be possible or preferable. I am experienced at working over Skype, instant messenger and email. If this way of working appeals to you please let me know.

Maps & Directions

Basingstoke, RG21 3AE
Reading, RG1 2SB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekdays 9am - 9pm. Currently I work all day Monday - Thursday in Basingstoke. Friday mornings also in Basingstoke and Friday Afternoon/Evenings in Reading.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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