James Johnson, Individual and Couples Counsellor. PGDip Reg.MBACP
To know and transform oneself takes a willingness to be in an honest enquiry into the roots, structures and patterns that make up our decisions and beliefs.
What helps on this journey of discovery is a personal relationship with a skilled guide that is grounded in trust and intimacy. This relationship is a powerful tool to unlock the needed self knowledge to change the stuck spaces we live in. From this deeper self awareness we are able to find the strength to succeed in career and relationships.
Our aim is to become a whole person, one who is able to function with a depth of love and understanding.
In couples counselling our aim is to look honestly upon what we bring to our relationship, taking active steps towards understanding each other in a respectful way. In facilitating these important discussions I have helped many couples with communication problems, affairs, loss of intimacy & desire, divorce, and loss of direction in long-term relationships.
You will be encouraged to avoid blame and take responsibility; working issues through together as a couple in a safe, calm and creative way. I will help you recognise your relationships strengths and weaknesses and your responsibilities moving forward. (Please see my website blog - "How to Benefit from Couples Counselling" for more info about what to expect)
I am fully qualified and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have over 8 years experience working with a diverse range of people in organisations, hospitals, education and privately. I have gained extensive training in person-centred, psychodynamic, couples, existential and mindfulness based counselling and psychotherapy. I have also studied eastern philosophy and have practiced meditation for over 10 years.
I work from my office in central Basingstoke.
Please feel free to call, email or text so we can arrange an informal chat. I can then call you at a time that suits you. A telephone call that will be roughly 20-minutes and will give you a good idea of how I can help you and if I am the right therapist for you. It is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and if you feel we don't 'click' then I will be happy to provide you with referrals to other therapists.
I offer a reduced rate for your first session. Please scroll down to the fees section for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Couples Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling
Further Clinical Training
Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training (MBCT)
Trauma in Therapy Training
Shame and Trauma Resolution
Online Therapy Training
Interpersonal Dialogue Training
Suicide and Self-harm Awareness
Gambling Addiction Certificate
Mindfulness in Counselling Training
Safeguarding Adults Certificate
Working with Ambivalence
Attachment and Neuroscience in Therapy
Mindfulness Teacher Training
In accordance with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 'Ethical Guidelines for Best Practice' I undertake regular therapy, supervision and training.
I hold a current DBS check and professional indemnity insurance.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Resolution of Shame and Trauma, mindfulness and meditation coaching, creativity, personal growth and transformation, spirituality, LGBT issues.
I have studied Mindfulness and incorporate this into my therapeutic approach. Mindfulness invites us to live less in our heads - where we ruminate over the past and worry about the future, which can lead to depression, anxiety and related difficulties - It is far better for our mental heath that we spend time being present, in the present we are able to experience more freedom, peace, creativity and well-being. If you would like to learn these mindfulness skills (and anyone can learn them!), I can help you do this.
There will be No fee for the initial phone consultation (for Individual Counselling) - an informal 20-minute discussion in which you can get a sense of whether therapy with me will work for you.
Individual counselling - your first session will cost £25 for a full hour. Thereafter each session will cost £50 per hour.
Couples counselling - each session is £70 per hour and £90 for 1.5-hours.
The first session for Couples lasts 1.5-hours and is charged at £70, thereafter you can decide the length of your sessions.
Do I offer reduced fees?
I do offer a reduced fee for anyone on a lower income - please ask me for details.
I also offer a 10% discount on fees when you book and prepay for 6 counselling sessions in advance. If you choose this option, all 6 sessions must be used within 2 months.
Please see my website for further details - www.jamesjohnsoncounselling.co.uk
Meeting face-to-face may not always be possible or preferable. So I can meet you on Skype if you prefer.