Irene Johnston

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Didcot, OX11
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Many people know that they want to speak with a therapist but are afraid that their 'stuff' might shock or hurt them.  PLEASE trust me - I do understand how awful life can be, how cruel some people can be, how we do things to survive that we wish we hadn't.  Try me - you will find that I am not going to be shocked or hurt, and that I can listen with understanding and warmth without judgement, for as long as it takes for you to put demons to rest and move on with your life. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have spent many years working in Substance Misuse and Addictions Services.  Working alongside addicts and their family members, partners, whose lives have also been affected by addiction. This has aided me to gain some great experience in this sector. I am Bereavement and Cruse Trained.  Sessional Trainer for  OSARCC, (Oxford Sexual Abuse Rape Crisis Centre) .  The skills I have learnt in working in these agency settings have been transferable over too my Private Practise.  I work with a diverse group of people and working within the person-centred approach.  A very much bespoke therapy,  Solution Focused. 

Worked closely within Youth Justice.  As an Appropriate Adult, at the local police station.   Learnt that sometimes in life we make the wrong choices and I know that change is possible. 

I believe that the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client is paramount and this is down to emotional connection.  I do feel I have good intuition and great empathy.  

I am the Lead Counsellor at The Gatehouse in Oxford, Homeless Charity and I have a wide range of counselling experience.

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • BPS Clinical Supervision
  • CRUSE Certificate - Awareness in Bereavement Care
  • BPS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision 

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute introductory call, where we can briefly explore your presenting issues and give you the opportunity to ask any initial questions or concerns you may have in relation to beginning therapy.  If this all feels ok we can then look into booking in subsequent sessions, which can either be face to face or online and see if the sessions I offer are what you are looking for.  Further sessions will be at a fee of £40 per 50 minute session.

Further information

I am currently offering face to face counselling or online. I have a dedicated confidential counselling office based in Harwell.

I offer a mixture of mornings/afternoons and early evenings.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Irene Johnston
Irene Johnston