Kay Johnston

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MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons), CPCAB Diploma, NLP Master Pract
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Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3EY
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified, registered accredited and experienced counsellor working in independent practice in East Lancashire. I work from The Coach House in Rhyddings Park in Oswaldtwistle. I can also provide telephone or Zoom counselling sessions and walk and talk sessions.

If you are housebound or live in a care home, I can come to you. 

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 an integrated approach.  I am a Person Centred Counsellor, a a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming. I ensure sessions meet your needs. I will help you work through your challenges, concerns and help you to understand your feelings better.

Counselling focuses on you as a person and your own requirements; each session works around you and are tailor-made to suit each person individual 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 an Accredited 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.  Also I am a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). 

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, menopause, 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.

I also provide Supported Therapy for people with significant long term mental illness, working alongside the NHS.

I also design and deliver bespoke well being courses in terms of managing mental health. 

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 an Accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), which means I abide by their Ethical Framework and work to the highest ethical standards.

  • Completed a Part 1 EMDR Europe Standard Accredited Training
  • IEMT Practitioner Course (Integral Eye Movement Therapy)
  • Indirect Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy for NLP Practitioners
  • INLPTA Certified Master Practitioner of the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
  • CPCAB Diploma Level 4 In Therapeutic Counselling, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • INLPTA Certified Practitioner of the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • INLPTA 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

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety and Stress Management

Life coaching - creating goals for the future. 

Mindset management

Bespoke Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Courses 


£50.00 per session

Additional information

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

Online or Telephone Counselling = £50 for one hour

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer face to face session on Monday and Tuesdays.

Telephone and Online sessions available with great flexibility 

Drop me an email to find out about my availability.

Further information

Locations of sessions:

My counselling room is at the Coach House in Rhyddings Park  in Oswaldtwistle.

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 Thursday. 

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.

If you would like to know more, please email me and let me know how I can help you.

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

The Coach House, Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3EY

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

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

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Please can you let me know at time of booking if you have any accessibility requirements. The Coach House has a lift and two fully accessible toilets

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Kay Johnston
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