There are many times in life when counselling can be of help. You might be experiencing distress through life changes and have events to manage and reflect on. You might be troubled by overwhelming feelings that can seem to arise from nowhere. You might have a sense of unease or that things could be better. Talking things through with a therapist can alleviate distress and restore a sense of connection.
My name is Francesca Johnson and I am a counsellor with over 20 years' experience working from my practice in Crouch End.
As a counsellor I work with individuals and couples, children and young people and have had a wide range of clients who have shared their stories with me and who have found support and benefit from the process of therapy.
I began my professional experience as a counsellor with Relate with individuals and couples with relationship difficulties and recognise how important it is to have healthy boundaries in relationships and how hard it can be at times. I also have particular experience and training in working with children, adolescents and young people in primary and secondary schools and in private practice.
My particular experience is providing therapy for children and young people who are experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, self-harm and questions of identity. I can provide child therapy that is play based and can also work with parents at alleviating distress in the whole family setting. I welcome clients of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, sexuality and gender identity and provide counselling in a safe and confidential space where everyone can feel accepted and able to be heard and respected. I believe we all have the capacity to make meaningful changes in our lives and would support you to use therapy in the way that feels right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with Relate in Couple therapy and then worked with Place2Be completing a training in counselling children and young people while providing a therapeutic service in a number of primary schools. I also trained with IATE in Islington in therapy with adolescents. I have taken further courses, for example in working with bereavement, addiction and working with survivors of sexual abuse. My experience has included counselling clients with anxiety, depression, gender identity issues as well as self-harm and phobias. I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor having a Diploma in supervision from CPPD and supervise therapists who work with children and young people at the charity Grief Encounter and in private practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £60 for a fifty minute individual session. Couple work is £80 a session.
When I work
Weekday evenings. Monday and Tuesday daytime.
I am very happy to speak on phone to arrange an initial appointment with no necessity of continuing to further work. We would meet together for an initial consultation and then if you would like agree a number of sessions we would start with. Counselling normally takes place at the same time every week and sessions last 50 minutes. There is no ideal duration to the work. We can have a few sessions or work together at a slower pace. My fees are £60 a session. When working with children I would meet with parents or carers initially before starting and if appropriate session times might be slightly shorter with a possible reduction in cost. The first step is to give me a ring on 07947 021039 and we can talk about what you are looking for and book a time to meet.