Helen Johnston MBACP (Accred)

Helen Johnston MBACP (Accred)

About me

I offer a warm, supportive, confidential, safe space that will give you the opportunity to work through difficulties affecting your life and well being. I can support you to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and relationships in more depth and make adjustments, if you want to.

Each therapeutic session lasts one hour. I offer a free consultations to help you decide whether therapy is the right support for you (see Fees for further information).

Individual therapy means that you will come to see me on your own, although if you are under 18 you can have a parent or carer with you to support you in the first session. When you come and see me we will sit in a comfortable, quiet, confidential room and speak about the concerns you have in life. I will offer non judgemental support and help you untangle what is going on for you.

I offer one off counselling sessions, short term ( usually 4 -12 sessions), Medium term and long term therapy (on going therapy)  to young people and adults.

I am an 'integrative therapist' which means that I combine different elements of counselling techniques that work to support you as an individual. My particular style of integrative therapy is called the relational approach which focuses on building a supportive and positive relationship between the client and therapist and also looks at the influence that  different relationships have had on your life.

As well as talking therapies I offer psychological education, Cognative Behavioural Therapy techniques and support with living mindfully.

I can offer clients of all ages opportunities to work creatively (on request) with sand trays, drawing and modelling to complement traditional talking therapy

I have experience of  supporting clients with a wide range of issues including bereavement, stress, depression, anxiety, traumatic events, PTSD, relationship issues, divorce, family issues, impact of childhood abuse, self harm, suicide, bullying,abuse (alleged perpetrator or victim), eating disorders and many more.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British association of counselling). I hold a Higher Education Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Relational approach which is part of the integrative model) from the Metropolitan University of Leeds. I also have a 2:1 BA (hons) degree in Psychology and Media from the University of Leeds.

As well as working in Private Practice I am employed as a Locum Counsellor for The University of Cambridge Staff Counselling Service and I am an Associate Therapist for Embrace.

I have 4 years experience as a Mental Health and Counselling Project Worker at Centre 33 where I managed volunteer counsellors as well as assessing and counselling young people in schools in East Cambridgeshire. I have also worked as a sessional group therapist with Cambridge based charity Arts and Minds and have volunteered in a GP surgery and at Mind in Cambridgeshire.

In addition to therapeutic work I have worked in supportive and assessment roles for 18 years with children ,young people and families. Places of work have included a Family Assessment centre in Manchester, Connexions (Careers advisory centre) and Further Education establishments in Leeds.

I am currently working towards a qualification entitled 'Family Lives in the Therapeutic Space' accredited by Play Therapy UK.

I keep my continuing professional development up to date (further details on request).

I have a specialist interest in Adolescence, Trauma relating to life events and Relationships and Attachment Patterns.

I have researched and delivered training on attachment and the impact of digital and social media on relationships.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Young People over 15 years and adults £45 for a 60 minute session.

I offer a 30 minute free telephone consultation to Parents or fee payers of Clients under the age of 18 years old or a 20 minute face to face consultation with the young person and parent. The type of consultation offered will depend on the age and needs of the young person.

A free 30 minute face to face or telephone consultation for Adults (18 years +) at the beginning of our relationship.

Discounted rates for counselling students and those people in receipt of benefits may apply. Please get in contact with me for further information.

Further information

Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.

Maps & Directions

Ely, CB6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

I work from a room at the back of my house which is on the ground floor. I have a ground floor toilet in my house which is available to clients. Do contact me if you have any accessibility needs and I can offer information and accessing my practice.


I work in private practice on a Tuesday and Thursday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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