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Peter Johnstone, Dip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP

Wedmore BS28 & Weston-super-mare BS23
07790 877585 07790 877585

About me

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

Other training

  • 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

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


  • 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.
  • Rates:
    • Individuals - £40 per Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, or telephone session (50 minutes)
  • I offer reduced rates for counselling students.

Further information

I hold full professional and public liability insurance.

Cowan House
21 Ellenborough Park North
BS23 1XQ

Pilcorn Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


I currently offer online (Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp) or telephone counselling only.
Week-days (day-time or early evening - last appointment 6pm)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Peter Johnstone, Dip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP

Peter Johnstone, Dip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP