Kay Johnston MBACP, BA (Hons), CPCAB Diploma NLP Foundation Diploma

Kay Johnston MBACP, BA (Hons), CPCAB Diploma NLP Foundation Diploma


Whalley Old Grammar
Station Road

07512 477046

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About me

I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor working in independent practice in East Lancashire. I work from offices in Haslingden, Oswaldtwistle and Whalley. Let me know at the time of booking which location suits you best.

If you are house bound or live in a care home, I can come to you. Please give me a call to discuss your requirements.

At certain times we all at go through situations which seem to overpower us, during these difficulties in life we can end up feeling overwhelmed, depressed, angry, anxious and out of control.

Counselling is a great way to explore in a safe and confidential space exactly how you are feeling. It allows you the opportunity to talk openly without any distractions or judgement. Counselling gives you the luxury of being able to focus on yourself and your needs, letting you work through your own issues at your own pace.

I work using a person-centred approach. I also use Cognitive Behaviour Techniques and Neuro Linguistic Programming. I tailor make the sessions to suit your needs. I will help you work through your challenges and concerns and help you to understand your feelings. Counselling focuses on you as a person and your own requirements; each session works around you and are tailor made to suit each person needs.

I am passionate about the power of counselling and how it can help people to resolve difficulties or areas of unhappiness in their life. Counselling is a great investment for your future and well being.

I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I work using an Ethical Framework which ensures we work together in a safe and effective way.

I specialise is anxiety and stress management. I provide one to one support and group workshops helping organisation and individuals improve their well being.

I have worked with hundreds of clients helping them deal with problems such as generalised anxiety disorder, depression, bereavement, redundancy, seasonal affective disorder, family issues, anger management, sexual abuse, feeling sad, loss of confident, low motivation, work related issues, stress, stalking, loneliness and PTSD. I believe that everyone has the ability to heal themselves/or find coping strategies if they are given the time, space and right core conditions to do this.

Client Testimonials:

"I would like to thank you for listening to me and being so understanding about what I have been through." Client P

"When I was in a bad place you were there for me. I would go as far to say you may have saved my life. A massive thank you for that." Client Y

"Helped me to learn more positively with my thoughts and life situations." Client R

No more unhelpful thoughts, your workshops changed my thought process I am now using rational thoughts. Live in the here and now, no more predicting the future. Client H

Training, qualifications & experience

I worked for many years as a Distribution Centre Manager, in this role managing large teams of people. I decided to study counselling to help me develop my professional man management skills and enhance my own personal development. My counselling training proved invaluable in helping me to support my colleagues during difficult times.

I found myself being drawn into helping others with personal issues and I wanted to be able to offer professional advice and support to others. By studying I found that I really enjoyed using counselling skills and decided to continue my studies and study for a Level 4 Diploma to enable me to change my career and become a full-time counsellor.

I have worked using counselling skills within the workplace and I have also spend time working as a volunteer in the Charity Sector. My volunteering experience has given me a wide range of clients with different issues.

#anxiety #stress #personcentredcounselling

I am fully insured and a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), which means I abide by their Ethical Framework and work to the highest ethical standards.

  • CPCAB Diploma Level 4 In Therapeutic Counselling, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Foundation Diploma in the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 1 Certificate in Introductory Counselling Skills with Merit
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • BA Hons 2:2
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion - MHFA England
  • ACAS Accreditation in Workplace Mediation
  • ACAS Managing Extremely Difficult Behaviours Course
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness - LCC
  • Peak Performance Course by Advance
  • Open Learn - The Three Principles of Coaching
  • Arc Training – Coaching
  • Open Learn – Workplace Learning with Coaching and Mentoring
  • Open Learn - Understanding Depression and Anxiety Life with Asperger’s
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health
  • Future Learn - Mindfulness and Peak Performance#
  • School of Psychology - Online Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Online Diploma
  • Train the Trainer.
  • Care Act - Introduction and Overview
  • Care Act - Safeguarding Duties and Responsibilities
  • Autism Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults - Level 1

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety and Stress Management

Life coaching - creating goals for the future. Self esteem and self confidence

Exam stress workshops


Counselling = £50 for one hour

Anxiety management workshops - these are group event, over four weeks. The cost for the course is £60.

Coaching = £50 for one hour

Telephone Counselling = £50 for one hour

Further information

Locations of sessions:

I work from rooms in Oswaldtwistle and Whalley. Depending on where you are based I can work from any. Please let me know at the point of booking the best location for you.

My Oswaldtwistle location is The Coach House in Rhyddings Park and in Whalley I work from Whalley Old Grammar School.

I understand that people have busy lives so I can offer flexibility in terms of times for counselling and coaching appointments. I tend to work Monday to Friday but for longer term clients I can offer weekend appointments.

I also will make home/care home visits if you are housebound. Depending on your location I may need to add an additional cost for travel.

For further information please visit : www.karma-minds.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Accrington, BB5
Whalley, BB7 9RH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Please can you let me know at time of booking if you have any accessibility requirements.


I always try and meet my customer requirements. I work Monday to Friday (although for longer term clients I would commit to sessions at a weekend). I work up until 8 pm in the evening.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme