My name is Paulina Johnson and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
Many of us go about our daily lives wearing a smile, with most people assuming that we are ok. When asked, “How are you?”, the reply is usually, "I’m fine". Which is not a problem if that’s really the case, but sometimes we’re only being partially truthful. Some of us may have painful emotions, such as sadness, anger, loneliness, fear, depression, confusion and even unexplained physical pain. Some of us may be very aware of these feelings while others may be less aware, the smile masking our true feelings.
Whatever your degree of awareness, I offer you a safe, confidential space, where you will not be judged. I will be sincere and supportive with my reflections, respecting your need to talk and to be heard. I will help you to make sense of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, exploring their impact on your life.
While the Person-Centred/Rogerian model is the foundation of my practice, I also work integratively, depending upon each individual’s needs. I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques to support you to identify and explore the core of your personal difficulties, and to equip you with tools to deal with future challenges.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
Foundation Degree in Counselling- University of Bristol (2014)
Bristol Mindline: Telephone Listening Support- Bristol Mind (2009)
Working with sexually abused men- Kinergy, Angela McCormack (2015)
Counselling in a Legal context: Pre-Trial Therapy- The Survivors Trust (2015)
Introduction to Sandtray Therapy- Anna Grace-Jacobs (2019)
Working with Shame- Kinergy, Carolyn Spring (2019)
I have 10 years of practice experience, working with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with many different issues, including:
- Supporting distressed callers on Bristol Mindline to talk about all of life’s challenging issues, including mental health problems
- Working as a face-to-face counsellor at Kinergy with clients exploring and healing from sexual abuse
- Addictions in numerous forms, including chemical and behavioural addictions
- Depression and hopelessness
- Gender Confusion
- Challenges faced by those caring for loved ones at home
- General life challenges and transitions and their accompanying pain and gains
Coming from a teaching background, I understand that it can be daunting to embark on something new and unknown. However, I have the skills, patience, and understanding to help you to feel at ease, truly listening and helping you to explore, understand and move forward.
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
To find out if we can work well together, I invite you to an initial, one-hour consultation at a reduced rate of £25, where you can explore your reasons for wanting counselling and what you hope to achieve.
Fee: £50 per 60-minute session.