Paul Johnson, BACP-accredited counsellor
Covid-19 update: I plan to resume face-to-face counselling from September. I can also offer counselling over Zoom and telephone.
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 so you can respond differently to life.
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 make real progress in counselling. For some, it can be life-changing.
I'm a humanistic and integrative counsellor. Basically, this 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 collaborate 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 of building wellbeing, for instance by cultivating gratitude, by identifying and using our unique strengths and inner resources 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 as a counsellor for the NHS and Relate and also in schools, an FE college 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, especially anxiety and low mood/depression.
- 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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic and serious illness
- Lack of meaning, purpose and direction
- Life crises and transitions
- £43 per session
- No charge for first session if you don't think it has been helpful
- Lower fee may be available for those who are unwaged - contact me to discuss
Concessions offered for
I work from a consulting room in Atworth (eight miles east of Bath and within a few minutes' drive of Corsham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon). The room I use is a safe, confidential, comfortable space.
I also provide online counselling over Zoom and telephone counselling.
The first session
I appreciate that coming to counselling can be daunting and may take a lot of courage. 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 think the first session has been helpful, I won't charge you for it.
How much counselling will you need?
My aim is to help you experience positive change as quickly as possible. For some people, a single session is enough to start feeling better and seeing life improving. For others, a block of sessions or ongoing therapy is what's needed.
If we agree an initial block of sessions, we can discuss whether to extend as we near the end of this arrangement.
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.