Welcome, my name is Johnnie Taylor and I offer counselling and therapy in East Kent, Canterbury. If you have emotional difficulties, family or relationship problems, excessive worry or reactivity, or cannot feel your feelings, or struggle with trauma etc., I would like to help.
I have a warm empathic therapeutic approach to any ‘issues’ you may have. This is informed by extensive NHS mental health experience and clinical training, including under the Institute of Psychiatry. I originally trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on their postgraduate counselling training, and with Deptford Psychotherapy Centre. Here I was introduced to the views of Carl Jung and have a psychodynamic approach informed by his ideas on healing and individuation.
Often what helps is an admission that there is a problem, sharing this can begin a process of discovery and adjustment; over a period of time we can process these problems and invite healing and recovery to take place.
I have practiced in the NHS for around 20 years, as a mental health crisis team manager, as a liaison psychiatry clinical specialist, and as a psychological therapist in GP surgeries, with IAPT, and clinics. I have also had postgraduate NHS training in cognitive behavioural therapy; and recently qualified as an EMDR therapist (a treatment for trauma). I have an MSc from the University of Kent. I enjoy walking on Caminos and exotic gardening.
My emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship. I have spent several years in Jungian analysis and have been a candidate at the Independent Group of Analytical Psychology. I have experienced first hand how the unconscious informs and directs our lives. For example you may have unconscious motivation which conflicts with your rational thinking. I offer counselling, mainly psychodynamic, informed also by Jungian and post-Jungian approaches to individual growth and individuation.
Having worked in the NHS for many years, there is evidence that CBT helps with anxiety, phobias, fears etc. I have found that graded exposure and other CBT approaches are effective with anxiety disorders, whereby avoidance is not encouraged and we gradually address the triggers of anxiety with empathy and humour.
EMDR also helps with symptoms of trauma. Trauma is arguably a precusor to most mental health and personality difficulties. I can accept referrals from community teams and can work with clients with more difficult presentations.
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Issues relating to sexuality
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family or school life
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and away forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions.
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
Before we begin any work we will agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake, and at the end of that number review our progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange a set number of counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availabity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availabity of that free ‘slot’.
Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected those issues makes this opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees and young people.
I offer brief therapy, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational and Systemic.
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling and Short-term face-to-face work.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
I am based in East Kent and see clients from the surrounding Thanet, Folkestone, and wider Canterbury areas. I will provide location details when we arrange our counselling sesisons.
Normally the sessions are weekly consultations in East Kent, Canterbury. Or the meetings can be online on Zoom if you prefer. Or a combination to suit your requirements. Thank you very much, please contact me in complete confidence.
Sessions normally are 50 minutes weekly at £50.
It can be scary and confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist, but in my experience people will struggle with a mental health issue, a personal crisis or problems with a relationship for much longer than is healthy. Sometimes a friend has proved a source of comfort, but this help can only go so far. Realising that resolving a problem requires something more means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.
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