Francesca Johnson

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Reg. MBACP (Accred)
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Plymouth PL4 & Tavistock PL19
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About me

Do you have times when you wake up and dread the day ahead? Or maybe it's not dread but more of an inability to cope? Ever want to retreat from the world for a while and just hope it all goes away? But of course it doesn't.....

So I'm here to help you find ways of dealing with your stress, anxiety, depression, under confidence, or indeed whatever else may be holding you back, so you can find a way to feel good about life again. Let's work together to start making this happen for you!

I practice general counselling and life coaching, seeing clients with a broad range of difficulties such as those mentioned above plus relationship problems, low self esteem, work problems, weight loss, family issues and more besides.

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. This is done in strictest confidence and within a safe, warm and welcoming environment to put you at ease as we work together to improve your world. Working through difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions in a safe, respectful and non-judgemental way will empower you to reach within and attain the overall wellness you seek and deserve. This may at times feel like quite 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 no longer work with the ED sufferer them self). 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. 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.

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)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Human Givens Model
  • Functional Imagery Training (FIT)
  • Person Centred
  • Gestalt

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 in Integrative Counselling

Professional Diploma in Children & Young People

Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Advanced Practitioner

Functional Imagery Training (FIT) Advanced Practitioner

'Rewind' Practitioner (The Fast Trauma & Phobia Cure)

OldPain2Go Practitioner (Pain Relief)

OldFat2Go Support Practitioner (Weight Reduction)

Compassion Focused Therapy

TA 101 Transactional Analysis

City & Guilds 7307 Trainer Award

D32 & D33 Assessor Awards

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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.


£50.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information


Individual Counselling         £50 per hour

Specialist Therapies            £75 per hour for Trauma and Hypnotherapy.

* The 'free initial telephone session' offered is 20 minutes, to discuss your needs to see if we will be right working together.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

6 Ermington Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6QG

Mount Tavy Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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Francesca Johnson
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