Paul Johnson, BACP-accredited counsellor
Down, depressed and hopeless? Held back by anxiety? Or just feeling stuck, inadequate or disconnected? I'll do my best to understand what you're struggling with and help you recover so you can live in a more fulfilling way.
In the safe and confidential space of counselling, you can tell me about your experiences and voice your thoughts and feelings, however troubling they might be. This in itself can bring relief and healing.
Through our work, you may also reach a new understanding of the causes of your unhappiness. This can help you escape the shackles of the past.
Ultimately, counselling can help you make changes so you can lead a richer, fuller and more satisfying life.
Of course, there can be no guarantees, but in my experience most people find they get something valuable from counselling. For some, it can be life-changing.
I'm a humanistic and integrative counsellor. This jargon basically means that I believe in your potential to make changes that will help you lead a fulfilling life. And that I recognise the value of a range of different therapeutic approaches and will work with you to find what suits you best. There is no single formula that works for everyone.
Much of my training has been in the person-centred and the psychodynamic schools of therapy. The person-centred approach sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards our full potential. However, this process can be blocked or distorted by certain life experiences. Meanwhile, psychodynamic theory stresses the importance of past experience in shaping current behaviour, relationships and difficulties.
My work is also informed by my understanding of:
- how mindfulness can help reduce reactivity and stress and build physical and mental health
- the simple value of sleep, exercise, time in nature and social connectedness
- other ways we can build wellbeing, for instance by cultivating gratitude, by identifying and using our unique strengths and by discovering meaning in our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’ve been a counsellor for more than 10 years. As well as seeing clients privately, I’ve worked for the NHS and Relate and in schools, colleges and, for the past five years, at the University of Bath.
I’ve worked with hundreds of people - adults, young people and children - experiencing all kind of problems.
- Post-graduate diploma, Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling in Schools, Wessex Counselling/Bridge Foundation, 2014
- Diploma, Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, 2010-12
- Certificate, Counselling Studies, CPCAB, Wiltshire College, 2009
- Certificate, Counselling Skills, CPCAB, Wiltshire College, 2008
- Certificate, Introduction to Counselling Skills, CPCAB, Wiltshire College, 2008
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic and serious illness
- Lack of meaning, purpose and direction
- Life crises and transitions
- £50 per session in Bath
- £43 per session in Corsham and for online/remote counselling
- No charge for first session if you decide not to continue counselling with me beyond the first session
- A lower fee may be available for those who are unwaged - please contact me to discuss
I work from therapy centres in the centre of Bath and in Corsham (eight miles east of Bath). In both venues, the consulting room I use is a safe, confidential, comfortable space.
I also provide online counselling using Skype and telephone counselling.
The first session
I appreciate that coming to counselling can be daunting and may take a lot of courage. The first session is a chance for you to get a feel for whether counselling could be helpful, and for me to start to get to know you. We'll discuss what you hope to get from counselling and we can agree how we'll work together. You can also ask me any questions you might have about the process.
If you don't end up continuing the counselling beyond the first session, I don't charge for it.
How much counselling will you need?
My aim is to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible. How much counselling you have will depend on a number of factors including what you are hoping to achieve, how you feel the first few sessions go and what you can afford.
Usually, I suggest we start by agreeing to work together for six sessions. As the sixth session nears, we can discuss whether to extend.
Sessions last 50 minutes. They usually take place once a week at the same time each week.
Professional membership and ethics
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation with BACP recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availablity only on Thursdays (until March 2020 when I may have appointments free on other days)
Types of client