Elaine Johnson MBACP Reg Psychotherapist Counsellor

Elaine Johnson MBACP Reg Psychotherapist Counsellor


07870 226930

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07870 226930

About me

I am a registered professional member of BACP. I have been working in counselling for the last 17 years.

My aim is to help you achieve a preferred way of being and  as a result a better future, to 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 or simply needing to be listened to and understood for the first time in your life or simply wanting to work through an awkward life issue you may be embarrassed to share with anybody else call me.

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.

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 TA and other creative models depending on the issue and your needs.

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  facilitate the healing change in your life and for you to see your relationships change for the better.

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  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.

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.

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Accredited register membership

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  • Central Location Barnstaple
  • Counselling room


Sessions are for 50 minutes my fees are £35 for individuals, couples £50 payable  by cash or cheque .

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.

Further information

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

Barnstaple, EX32

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Week days and limited evenings last appointment 8.00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme