Thank you for visiting KJ Counselling. My name is Katrina Johnson and I have been practising as a Counsellor since 2004. My interest in counselling began when I was studying my Psychology Honours Degree, where I went on to qualify in a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling at the University of Strathclyde.
The majority of my career has been spent supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing, creating positive relationships, to encourage them to achieve their own potential, which is very much incorporated into my practise. Prior to me becoming a Counsellor, my work focused largely on young people as a Mentor at a Summer Academy, and a Counsellor at Camp America.
I also worked on telephone helplines for several years, exploring issues such as relationships, sexual health, low confidence, bullying and mental health, with both adults and young people. This has given me a good grounding in offering counselling appointments, really confirming my passion for supporting people therapeutically.
I have provided counselling in a wide range of settings, such as primary and secondary schools, addiction services, primary care, voluntary and the public sector with adults and young people. I worked in sexual health clinics for young people up to the age of 25, exploring issues such as relationships, assertiveness, pregnancy options, miscarriage and loss, supporting individuals, as well as couples.
I also have experience of working with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, sexuality, bereavement, self-harm, suicidality and addictions. I have a decade of counselling experience providing support to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, trauma, rape and sexual assault including therapeutic groups.
I participate in Continued Professional Development throughout the year with many of these issues to increase my knowledge, skills and competence, to keep my practise current. I bring all of this experience to KJ Counselling, and will continue to add to it, to develop and stretch me as a Counsellor, and reflect my commitment to you.
Over the years, I am always struck by the honesty and realness that many people have brought to counselling, and enjoy making connections in such a transparent way. It is a real privilege to be part of so many people’s journey, which is so unique to them, and knowing that the process can be life changing in them leading the life they want to live. I look forward to making more connections.