Francesca Johnson Reg. MBACP (Accred)
I truly value my work as a counselling therapist and feel honoured to be a part of someone's journey to a more peaceful and fulfilling place. I practice general counselling seeing clients with a broad range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, low self esteem, work issues, under confidence and family issues.
I firmly believe that the trust and relationship between therapist and client is vital and central to the process of change and enjoy practicing in a highly relational and humanistic way. Working through difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions in a safe, respectful and non-judgemental way empowers clients to reach within and attain overall wellness. This may at times be a challenging process but the rewards come in abundance as many happy clients have testified to.
I originally come from a varied background in health, beauty and fitness, having worked as a Beauty Therapist, Consultant, Lecturer/Trainer and Assessor for City & Guilds, BTEC and NVQ as well as a Fitness/Pilates/PiYo Instructor. I embrace change and have a personal philosophy to always take a positive out of a negative……make everything count!
Through years of experiencing the trauma around living with my daughter’s eating disorders, I realised I needed to understand more in order to aid her recovery and not let this devastating disease destroy us all as a family. I therefore underwent extensive re training to become an Integrative Counsellor, an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and learn more about how to curb the effects of her eating disorders.
Working with a range of integrated models and tailored interventions, I can offer help to clients from all walks of life covering a wide range of difficulties as well as the families of Eating Disordered (ED) Individuals. I am extremely passionate about the need for the ED family to be supported by placing them in a position of educated awareness, understanding, patience and hope and am happy to counsel them either individually or together as a family unit. The more they understand what their person is going through and how best to live alongside and manage situations at home, the better chance there is for the ED person to recover.
I have worked in the NHS and now counsel clients privately and from employee assistance programmes and am proud to state that I safely practice counselling as a fully accredited and registered member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics.
How I Work
Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. This may be obviously caused by present or historic situations or you may be unaware as to the real reason why you feel unable to cope. Talking to a skilled counsellor can help to alter your perception of a distressing situation and therefore greatly alleviate the worry and assist you in finding a better way forwards. This is done in strictest confidence and within a safe, warm and welcoming environment to put you at ease while we work together to unfold your story.
Having trained as an Integrated Counsellor I work with several models of therapy that include the following:
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Person Centred
I can see clients for counselling Individually or as a Family Unit re ED's, whichever is best suited to obtain the desired outcomes.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
Professional Diploma Children & Young People
Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
Emotional Freedom Technique Advanced Practitioner
Compassion Focused Therapy
TA 101 Transactional Analysis
City & Guilds 7307 Trainer Award
D32 & D33 Assessor Awards
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Through personal experience, to those living with an eating disordered sufferer - parents, siblings, extended family, carers and friends - I can offer understanding, insight and help with this very difficult, distressing and at times all consuming way of life.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
Individual Counselling £40 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer clients flexible session times throughout the week and am also happy to accommodate some evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|