Peter Johnstone, Dip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP
My background is in person-centred counselling, which means that a trusting, warm and empathic relationship between you and me is essential. When we agree on a problem to focus on, then we can start using CBT, cognitive behavioural therapy, to examine your feelings and thoughts and see what can be done to help. Working together to question what’s going on, we can explore which changes in your life will make you feel better.
Often real progress can be made in 6-12 sessions or less and we can end at that point. In other cases, by mutual consent, we may embark on a longer term programme, with further sessions and regular reviews.
People who come to see me may suffer from a wide range of troublesome feelings such as sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, guilt or shame, and circumstances have made them get into a spiral of emotional pain. CBT can help with this, by allowing you to discover some changes that will reverse the spiral.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I subscribe to its ethical framework of confidentiality and mutual respect between therapist and client.
Telephone, text or email me for an initial appointment to discuss your needs in a confidential and caring setting; and to see whether I'm the right person to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
After my first career in industry, I worked as a voluntary advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau. I then trained as a therapeutic counsellor. My placements were with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics at a residential rehab centre and at Turning Point in Bridgwater.
I have helped clients with a variety of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood and family issues, anger, substance abuse, and life events such as bereavement, disability, health issues, retirement and redundancy.
awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB):
- Diploma in CBT Skills and Theory
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
- Child protection and safeguarding children
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Working with the inner child
- Good practice in counselling (safeguarding and boundaries)
- Domestic abuse
- Working systemically in groups
- Counselling endings
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- The first session allows us to meet and discuss what you would like to get out of our time together and whether I’m the right person to help you.
- Individuals - £45 per Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, or telephone session (50 minutes)
- I offer reduced rates for counselling students.
I hold full professional and public liability insurance.