About Me

I qualified in 2008 and have a wide range of experience working in a variety of settings;

GP Surgeries for NHS.

NHS Hospital in the Psychology Department.

Medway Council working in the Family & Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC.)

In Primary & Secondary Schools working with 5 years and upwards since 2008.

Medway Council’s Foster Carers offering therapeutic support.

Medway Council’s Youth Service offering counselling to young people.

Working for Organisations offering counselling to their staff.

 

My University training is Integrative, which draws upon several concepts and theories, including psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT.  I also use sand, creative arts and therapeutic play.  I am a believer that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and will use these different approaches to meet the needs of my clients.

I am passionate about young people’s mental health and I have 12 years experience working with children and adolescents as well as adults.  

Since 2009, I have set up, managed and run a school Counselling Service, working in Primary and Secondary Schools.  I have experience of working in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and also with looked after children/young people, children/young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).  

I manage Student Counsellor placements, volunteers and sessionally-paid Counsellors within the School Counselling Service. 

I offer parent and student workshops.  I also train staff in subjects such as bereavement & loss, self harm, risk management,  mental health & wellbeing etc. 

Paula Johnson

Qualifications:

 

  • 2017 CSTD London. Certificate in Supervision

  • 2014 BACP. Accreditation

  • 2012 Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, London. Certificate in Therapeutic Play

  • 2010 University of Kent. Introduction to CBT

  • 2008 University of Kent. Diploma in Counselling

  • 2005 University of Kent. Certificate in Counselling

 

General:

 

  • I am an Accredited Member of BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • I am a member of CCYP – Counselling Children and Young People - a specialist division of BACP.

  • I am trained in Safeguarding.

  • I am fully insured.

  • I have an enhanced DBS.

Contact Me

I would thoroughly recommend Paula, particularly her enthusiasm and vast knowledge of the kind of mental health issues our students struggle with. She has helped them manage their anxieties, allowing them to thrive in the school and be happier in their personal lives.

Haven Manager

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