Johnny Winbolt-Lewis MBACP

Johnny Winbolt-Lewis MBACP

Calm Minds
38A Bramhall Lane South
Greater Manchester


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About me


I am trained as a Person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, with additional skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis. I believe people to have an inherent intuitive wisdom, alongside the capacity for growth. A therapeutic relationship sets out to foster the space and environment for clients to start a process towards reaching their potential. I am constantly 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, self esteem, relationship issues and historical abuse. I endeavour to listen and relate to you from a compassionate, empathic and sensitive base.

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 and Psychotherapy can provide the opportunity to establish what you want to work through and 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 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.

More recent training has helped me gain an understanding of how physiological states can have a huge impact on brain patterns. Through grounding, imagery and mindfulness, it is possible to cultivate a more helpful headspace for people that find themselves in more threat based thinking. Research is showing that therapies need to be offering more than just a narrative approach.

Training, qualifications & experience


PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course

Additional Training

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

Attachment, Neurobiological Processes, Relational Working, Embodied Perspectives

Trauma (parts 1 & 2)

Attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience

Initial Assessment Training

Working with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Advanced Bereavement & Loss Awareness

An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy


Current roles

  • Sessional counsellor at Beacon Counselling. Private Practice, IAPT and council funded counselling.

Previous roles

  • 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


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£45 for a 50 minute session, with discounts available. Please ask.

Maps & Directions

Stockport, SK7 1AH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Monday 10am - 730pm

Wednesday 5pm-730pm

Thursday 10am - 5pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults