Johnny Winbolt-Lewis

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Stockport, Cheshire, SK8 2EA
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About me


I am trained as a Person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, with additional skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I draw upon other humanistic therapies such Transactional Analysis and, more recently, completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion focused therapy.

I believe people to have an inherent intuition, alongside the capacity for growth. A therapeutic relationship sets out to foster a space and the safety for clients to explore their inner thoughts and feelings. I am continually developing my skills, knowledge and experience and I set out to adapt to each person I work with. 

I have experience of working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger, dissociation, emotional dysregulation, self esteem, relationship issues and historical abuse.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have been a qualified counsellor since August 2017.

How Counselling can help

Accessing Counselling can provide the opportunity to establish what you want to work through, adjust to or change. It can sometimes be difficult to know this from the outset but we can establish a focus within the first session. I believe that by establishing this clarity early on we can work collaboratively towards these objectives. I feel it is crucial to create a safe environment, where confidentiality is respected, which can help to empower you and be a platform to find new awareness. This, in turn, can help to arrest unhelpful patterns and internal conflict.


I have an eclectic and integrative approach. Since my initial training in person-centred therapy, I have been passionate about adding to my skills. I am always learning from my clients, therefore bringing in different approaches compliments the diversity of needs and individuality.

Recent training has taught me additional knowledge in neurobiology and the connection between mind and body. Through grounding, imagery and mindfulness, it is possible to cultivate a calm and clear headspace for those that find themselves in threat based thinking. Research is showing that therapies need to be offering more than just a narrative approach.

I bring Compassion into my work with a belief it can help in cultivating a secure internal attachment, aid relationships and support the courage needed to face our deepest fears.

I am also an advocate for chairwork as an approach to really feel and become the parts of self we are struggling to integrate.

Training, qualifications & experience


Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Salford.

Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy, University of Derby.

Graduate Certificate in Counselling, University of Salford.

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course

Additional Training

Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork (Tobyn Bell)

Group Crisis Intervention (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc)

“Trauma in the workplace: Resilience and recovery” an e-learning course (KRTS International LTD)

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Complex PTSD (Deborah Lee)

Practising Chairwork: Basics and beyond (Matthew Pugh)

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (University of Derby)

Attachment, Neurobiological Processes, Relational Working, Embodied Perspectives (Tom Taylor)

Trauma (parts 1 & 2) (Penny Bullock)

Compassion Focused Therapy for Dissociation (Dr Andrew Rayner)

Embodiment Practices for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery (Kate Williams)

A Matter of Life and Death (Irvin Yalom)

Uncertainty: An existential perspective (Ernesto Spinelli)

Attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (Fiona Holiday)

Attachment Informed Practice (Helen Johnson)

Initial Assessment Training

Working with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (Jo Bailey)

Advanced Bereavement & Loss Awareness (Barbara Rosenthal)

An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy (University of Salford)


Current roles

  • Counsellor at GMMH NHS Talking therapies.

Previous roles

  • Complex Case work Therapist at Beacon Counselling, in partnership with Pure Innovations.
  • Sessional counsellor at Beacon Counselling. Private Practice, IAPT and council funded counselling.
  • Sessional counsellor at TOG Mind.
  • Volunteer counsellor at Beacon Counselling.

I have experience of working with individuals with a wide range of psychological distress and emotional difficulties. This includes anxiety, depression, shame, bereavement and loss, sexual and emotional abuse, self esteem, relationship difficulties, anger, trauma, work-related issues, bullying, phobias, identity issues.

I have experience of both short term and long term forms of counselling. All my work has been with adults from 18 years old upwards.

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
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£42.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Prices range from £42 to £50. 

Concessions available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sovereign House, Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire, SK8 2EA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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