Ms Gerry Johnson, MBACP(Reg. & Accred.)
Professional Certifications and Licenses
I work with…
People suffering from trauma; from both a sudden unexpected event or from childhood or prolonged traumatic experiences.
People who are experiencing traumatic grief from the loss of their loved one in a sudden or unexpected way from illness, accident, a criminal act or suicide.
People who are already in the public eye or whose loved one was well known (eg: actors, musicians, celebrities, politicians) and are dealing with media or public scrutiny in addition to their private grief.
Confidentiality and privacy is absolute.
MBACP Accredited (2014)
Diploma Clinical Supervision (2014)
M.A. Counselling Studies (2013)
Diploma Counselling Therapeutic Practice (2007)
M.A. Business Enterprise (Cert of Completion) (2005)
Certificate Counselling Skills (2005)
“In counselling I offer a private and confidential space where you can talk things through and work things out. Together, we’ll untangle all the elements of what’s going on for you and plan how best to deal with each strand.”
Perhaps you are trying to come to terms with an unexpected event that has left you reeling? Or maybe you are struggling with a longer term issue, such as anxiety, depression or grief? Whatever it is, I can help you plan for and experience a better future.
“I felt really at ease in my sessions and also that Gerry was both completely supportive and had a real understanding of my issues.” Jane, 29
How would I describe my model of counselling?
I describe myself as an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I draw on aspects of theory from different models of therapy.
- From humanistic theory, I offer conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard alongside a trust in my client’s capacity for self-reliance, change and enhancement.
- From CBT, the “two heads are better than one” approach and the collaborative nature of the “client and therapist rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the work”, fits well with my personal philosophy of therapy being a game-changing, empowering, learning process.
- From existentialism I’m mindful of Spinelli’s denial of separateness through his descriptor that “everything we ‘are’ is only as experiential though our contextual relationships with others”. I am reminded of this constantly in the therapy room and feel it is hugely important to acknowledge my clients close relationships and the impact their therapy may be having on them as a whole.
“My son is so very fond of you and I just wanted to first and foremost thank you for what you have done for him/us. You have been so wonderful. Thank God for people like you! ” Parent of Jack, 15
What’s it like in a session with me?
My personal approach is one of sincerity, honesty and genuineness, delivered with a belief that if you and I learn to trust each other and the process, therapeutic change will take place.
During our early sessions I will listen to and observe you to establish if you are led by your feelings, thoughts or behaviours, primarily. As we progress I adjust my practice to suit your personal communication style and improve your therapy experience overall.
If you are an “action orientated’ person or someone who likes to ‘problem solve’ I may introduce some elements of CBT, such as goal setting or homework tasks pertinent to your issue. This can give a sense of moving ‘forward’ or ‘achieving’ in a practical sense, not just ‘sitting talking’.
If you are a more reflective person, I will explore and identify the inner emotional changes or thought patterns you are seeking to change. I will encourage you to document the ‘evidence’ of your small successes, to call upon when facing future life challenges. Many clients choose to do this through creative means such as drawing, journaling, writing poems or songs.
For some clients, simply meeting me in a private, safe place, to unload, is ‘enough’. I work in a collaborative way with my clients, with ideas coming from both sides for exploration and adopted or discarded as agreed.
“This was my first experience of counselling and fortunately I spotted that I needed to talk things through. When I look back to the beginning of counselling I see a person I don’t recognise doing things untypical of me. It [counselling] took time and effort and sometimes I doubted that I was making progress, but now ‘the past is in the past’ and I can move forward more confident in living my life more effectively.” Will, 39
I specialise in working with those who have or are suffering from trauma and / or traumatic grief. My clients are come from both the general public and from those working under public gaze in the creative industries and media.
Please visit my website to get a fuller sense of who I am as a person and a counsellor to decide if I’m the right fit as a therapist for you.
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