Lizzie Johnson, Registered Counsellor, MBACP (Accredited), MBABCP
13 Church Street
Thank you for visiting my profile. I would like to introduce both myself and the service I offer. I hope this will help you in your decision about whether we might work together.
Counselling is a private conversation between a qualified professional counsellor and a client. Life events, such as illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown and job loss, can cause untold distress. People can feel isolated at such times and even where there is a lot of support, it can sometimes be helpful to talk to someone independent of friends and family.
It is not always a crisis which can precipitate the need for counselling. People can experience feelings of depression or anxiety for no apparent reason. I offer a safe and confidential environment in which to explore and understand these feelings and find ways to manage them.
I have worked for many years in primary care, offering counselling to people with a wide range of mental health issues. Alongside my private practice, I work in a hospice providing counselling to bereaved families. I also have a role as a school counsellor. These varied environments have been invaluable in providing me with experience of meeting people, often at their lowest ebb. I respect the individuality of each person and so will tailor the type of counselling to meet both your style and your particular needs. This may involve actively listening, enabling you to make your own choices to improve your life, through to engaging on a very practical level, using a problem-solving approach or helping you to make specific behavioural or life changes. I will work together with you, providing the necessary information and helping you to choose the therapeutic approach that fits best.
The initial session is to meet and see if what I offer is in line with your own expectations. Subsequent sessions are usually weekly, to begin with, and we will review the work together at regular intervals. You are not obliged to commit to a specific number of sessions. Sometimes, a single session can be sufficient to provide relief and clarity. For other issues, the period of counselling may be medium or longer term. It is always your choice.
I am based in central Oswestry, on the Shropshire/Wales border. There is ample parking very close by and good bus routes from neighbouring areas. The room I work from is comfortable, light and secure. It is not suitable for those who cannot manage stairs. However, I do have access to premises with easy access if required. Please do let me know if that would be helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I first worked as a nurse and midwife prior to my current role as counsellor. This has given me extensive experience and understanding of the circumstances people find themselves facing. I have always worked to enable people to take advantage of the resources they have to make appropriate choices and thereby enhance their lives.
My qualifications include:
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Midwife
- Diploma in Advanced Studies in Counselling
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Studies
- Diploma in Supervision
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), thus demonstrating my professional competence and adherence to the ethical guidelines of my professional body. I am also a member of the Children and Young People Division of the BACP. In addition, I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
In addition to the above qualifications, I have accrued considerable training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as part of the BACP's requirements and my own desire to increase my knowledge and skills. I find both of these approaches very easily understood by clients and both help to make sense of sometimes bewildering feelings and experiences and provide a framework for our work together.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Stillbirth and neonatal death
- People with children with life-limiting illness
- Children and young people in a school environment
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
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Sessions are £40 per hour, with some concessions available on request. The first session is £20, for you to explore the service and see if it meets your needs.
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at each session. Cancellations with 24hrs notice are free of charge. Sessions cancelled with less than 24hrs notice will be charged in full, except in cases of genuine emergency.
If I need to cancel a session due to illness or unforeseen circumstance, I will let you know as soon as possible and offer you an alternative time.
Area of Special Interest
Alongside my private practice, I also work with families who have either been bereaved, or are living with a child who has an enduring and life limiting illness. I have a particular interest in families who have suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. My former profession as a midwife enhances my understanding of the events that can occur around such a devastating loss. I see my role as one of holding hope for people when they cannot hold it for themselves and accompanying them through dark and difficult times until they can begin to adjust to a life very different from the one they had imagined.
in addition, I work one day a week at a local independent school, providing counselling to children and young people. I see this as invaluable; enabling children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings and to address problems within a supportive relationship and a confidential environment. This can help not only their present wellbeing, but equip them to manage mental health issues throughout their lives.
I am a qualified supervisor and currently provide supervision to qualified counsellors, those in training and to those in allied professions. I provide supervision to both individuals and groups. I see it as a crucial part of people's work amongst a vulnerable client group - offering support, care, guidance and safety, both of the supervisee and their clients. I am happy to discuss your requirements, without obligation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available to see clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, during office hours and some week ends and evenings by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to qualified counsellors, counsellors in training and those in allied professions.