Dr Amber Johnston

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PsyD., CPsychol, PgDip Clinical Neuropsychology, MSc
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Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0NE
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About me

Welcome! With so many therapists to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to select one! My name is Amber, and I am an active, outgoing Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience treating people struggling with the many stresses life throws at us all. I am now the Director and practicing clinician with Healthy Mind Psychology, a practice dedicated to helping both those coping with the general stresses of life or those managing ongoing medical conditions (both physical and psychological!). Our ethos is different. Myself and the psychologists within my practice focus on the interaction between the stress response across the functioning of the mind and body. We want the individual to feel fully supported within the private arena and therefore have teamed with a network of other professionals to give options of holistic treatment approaches across the mental and physical.  With doctoral-level training, I have become experienced in a wide variety of psychological treatment modalities, meaning that I get to know each client as an individual and work with that client to tailor techniques and strategies which fit their specific goals. And the therapeutic relationship is essential, so building that trusting relationship is my high priority from the minute you walk through my door. The initial assessment will be our way forward, so do come see if I can help!

I have specialised in Clinical Psychology in mostly medical hospital settings and outpatient clinics. This means I have specialised with those suffering from stress and emotional responses to a variety of health-related diagnoses, including chronic pain symptoms and fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue/ME, neuro and stroke, functional neurological disorder (FND) and MUS. I also work with clients who need to make lifestyle changes after medical warnings, such as those who may need support and motivation to improve their diet and exercise routines or to cut back on smoking/alcohol habits. Some of the more common general issues I treat include:

  • Anxiety/Generalized Anxiety Disorder/OCD/Phobia.
  • Depression/Low Mood.
  • Stress, including time off work.
  • Relationship Issues.
  • Adapting to life changes.
  • Pain/Chronic Fatigue
  • FND/MUS
  • Health Anxiety
  • Neurological Injury
  • Sports Psychology
  • Physical Health Conditions/Rehab after injury/surgery
  • Ante/Post Natal Reactions
  • Trauma/PTSD

Many others....

Training, qualifications & experience

My training in Psychology has taken me to many places to experience a broad cross-section of society across two continents. I trained as an undergraduate in Texas, USA before coming to the University of Reading for a Master’s in Developmental Psychology.

From there, I embarked upon Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. My training involved work in university therapy clinics as well as in the prison system, and at this point, I discovered an interest in neuropsychology too. I moved to Denver, Colorado, USA to re-focus my learning towards hospitals for patients seeking a variety of medical treatment (including burn victims, those in physical rehabilitation, those recovering from surgery, and those needing medical attention after acute illness).

Then returning to the United Kingdom, I now practice in a hospital and outpatient clinic with lots of availability for online work.  I have had a broad range of training and/or supervision in modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and the new-wave CBT treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Psychodynamic therapy was my original treatment modality of choice, but I have since become well-versed in more practical, problem-solving treatments, including motivation and behaviour work. With these treatment options, I like to be eclectic and tailor a treatment approach that is collaborative to find the right techniques that work for you.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Neuropsychology: cognitive assessment, adaptation to life after neurological injury, stroke, TBI

Fees

£140.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

Rates are charged at £140 for an hour session.

I am registered with most major private insurance companies. Please speak with your provider.

When I work

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Circle Hospital, 100 Drake Way, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0NE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Dr Amber Johnston
Dr Amber Johnston