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Paul Johanson, Cognitive Analytic Therapy for individuals and couples

Hove, East Sussex, BN3
07802 776926 07802 776926

About me

Do you ever feel anxious, stressed, stuck, confused or overwhelmed by emotions? Do you struggle in your relationships with those close to you? Do you long for a safe space where you can feel listened to and where you can untangle the knots in your heart and head? I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner and qualified Social Worker with over 15 years experience working in the NHS in a range of settings, from serious mental illness through to cancer and palliative care services. I can help you with a range of issues, including relationships, stress, anxiety, depression and more complex emotional and psychological problems. I also offer EMDR for trauma and other issues.

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (or CAT) is an effective way of working together to see more clearly the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). As its name suggests, it brings together ideas and understanding from different therapies - particularly CBT and Psychodynamic therapies - into one user-friendly and effective therapy.

  • See video clip at the foot of the page for my brief description of CAT

It is a programme of therapy can be tailored to your individual needs and to your own manageable and realistic goals for change and growth. It's usually a time-limited therapy - between 4 and 24 weeks, but typically 16; however, courses of therapy can be longer, or even open-ended, depending on your needs and what you choose.

Is CAT the right therapy for you?
Because CAT focuses on relationships - the ways in which we relate to ourselves and others - it's effective with most (if not all) types of difficulties and problems. It's particularly useful for untangling complex, knotty problems so that we can see more clearly how you've ended up where you are and where you're getting stuck - the problematic patterns of your relationships. CAT relies on a close, trusting working relationship between therapist and client so that we can recognise together and name these difficult relationship patterns as they happen in your life - and in the therapy room - so that you can begin to connect your cognitive (or ‘head’) understanding with your emotional (or ‘heart’) understanding.

The process of change comes from naming, experiencing, sharing, recognising and understanding these patterns. Developing awareness allows new, healthier relationship patterns to be born. The relationship between the client and therapist itself models this more accepting and respectful way of relating.
I integrate EMDR into CAT sessions as required. Sometimes using this powerful technique can provide significant shifts in the way difficult situations and emotions are dealt with.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience
I began working in the Probation Service in 1991, after 10 years in a wide variety of jobs - from the civil service through sales, financial advice and the music industry. I trained as a Probation Officer in 1994 and began working with people suffering from serious mental health conditions in 1998. I managed the Crawley & Horsham Rehabilitation Service for the NHS, Social Services and Richmond Fellowship from 2000 to 2003 and managed the Brighton and Hove Assertive Outreach Service for Sussex Partnership Trust from 2003-2006.

From 2006-2008 I worked for the Sussex Cancer Network as the Macmillan Psychological and Psychiatric Support Services Project Manager. I worked across Sussex, but was based in the Community Palliative Care Team at the Martlets Hospice in Hove. I was a facilitator on the Advanced Communications Skills Training (ACST) for Cancer Professionals run by the National Cancer Action Team.

From 2008 to 2013 I worked as the Regional Programme Manager for the Mental Health and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in South East England. From 2013 to 2015 I was the Regional Patient Experience Manager for NHS England South Region. Since 2015 I have been in full-time private practice.

Training
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Marlborough Clinic

Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, East Sussex Probation Service

Diploma in Social Work - Brunel University

BA (Hons) 1st Class Applied Social Studies - Brunel University

Family Therapy for Schizophrenia / Psychosocial Interventions, Institute of Psychiatry

Motivational Interviewing, APT

Advanced Communication Skills Facilitator, National Cancer Action Team

PG Dip CAT, Sheffield Hallam University

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Teacher Training, Center for MSC, San Diego, California

EMDR, Richman Training


Meditation and Mindfulness
I have been practising mindfulness meditation since 1988 and have been teaching meditation at Sussex University since 2009. When I worked for the Sussex Cancer Network I ran Mindfulness groups for staff and patients at the Martlets Hospice in Hove. I also teach Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) am a fully Trained Teacher with the Centre for MSC (in the USA) and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales. I am currently the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Sussex and the Community Buddhist Chaplain at the Martlets Hospice.

Member organisations

ACAT

The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) is a registered charity. They welcome members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. They list CAT practitioners.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Crisis
Intrusive thoughts
Confusion
Worry
Spiritual crisis
Religious issues
Family court issues
Criminal justice issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

Individual sessions: Cognitive Analytic Therapy from £50 for 50 mins; EMDR £60 for 1 hour


Couples: £60 for 1 hour; £90 for 90 mins

Hove
East Sussex
BN3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments in Hove

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Paul Johanson, Cognitive Analytic Therapy for individuals and couples

Paul Johanson, Cognitive Analytic Therapy for individuals and couples