Jacqui Johnson Counselling
Degree in Humanistic Counselling
your counselling sessions
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
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Counselling is all about the relationship we build together and with this in mind I think you will find my approach very down to earth.
You may have had experiences in the past that contribute to how you feel today, or you may be going through difficult times in your life currently. Or you may generally feel as if you don't quite 'fit', or that you don't function the same way as others and have a constant inward battle with yourself, telling yourself you are not good enough, or worse.
The truth is we are constantly under pressure to be a certain way in order to be accepted in society or to please others, and our lives end up being a constant series of "shoulds".
We try hard to feel accepted and with this our true self can be pushed further and further away. This can lead to problems, such as depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, social anxiety, unsuccessful relationships, family issues, a feeling of being stuck, among many other difficulties.
As a person-centred counsellor working from a humanistic model I strongly believe that you hold your own answers, even if they feel out of reach at the moment. Your counselling sessions will be yours; a safe place for you to explore your feelings, your fears and parts of you that you may have hidden. For this reason the counselling journey can sometimes be a little uncomfortable; I will be with you during those times offering a non-judgmental, confidential space.
I will listen to truly understand how the world looks and feels from your perspective and my acceptance of you will help you accept yourself for who you really are. I will help, with gentle challenging, to focus on what changes you would like to make, all at your pace. This process can take different time scales for different people which is why I offer short or long-term counselling.
I look forward working with you and helping you to make choices that sit well with the real you. Each individual has the potential, and the right to make changes to their lives, to take control and to regain their own power!
I have worked with clients who have struggled with depression, anxiety, loneliness, psychosis, borderline personality disorder, low self esteem, relationship problems, ex offenders and many other issues, large or small.