Johanna Colgan

Johanna Colgan


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English, British Sign Language

Contact information

Phone number
07740091591 (SMS only)

Contact Johanna

Therapist - Newry

Newry BT34
07740091591 (SMS only)
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

When I am not available, you will receive an out-of-office email and/or text reply and I will reply to you as soon as I possibly can.

About me and my therapy practice

I use Integration counselling, combined with Cognitive Psychotherapy, targeted to the wider audience, especially those with a disability, experiencing marginalisation. In order to ensure that therapy work is accessible to all, I use visual aids as in Spoken to Text, constructing diagrams, using pictorial cards amongst others to tell their story in a language that best suits them.

I share my CBT knowledge and skills with individuals where it would enable them to develop coping tools they can use in daily life beyond the completion of our counselling work. The work I do covers diverse mental health issues as in depression, anxiety, perpetual worry, trauma, social anxiety, health anxiety, bereavement and grief, amongst other different issues. CBT offers psycho-education which teaches recipients the key information and other useful resources they need to understand the causes, symptoms and appropriate treatment options of a specific difficulty experienced. Through daily interventions to change unhealthy behaviours, it warrants, in the long term, optimum recovery and maintained well-being, whilst simultaneously learning to ramp up the resilience and assets in order to maintain the right ratio for positivity against the negativity and continue to flourish even when faced with adversity and disappointment.

I work with individuals from age 18 to adults on a one-to-one basis in a safe environment where confidentiality is assured. The length of time for sessions varies depending on individual’s needs and includes both longer-term therapeutic work as well as short term solution-focused counselling. In broad terms, short-term counselling will usually be 6-12 sessions whilst working longer term developmental work will take between 16 and 20 sessions.

Practice description

Therapist and recipient look at how thoughts and behaviours impact feelings. For example, if client believes that nothing will work out right for her, she may withdraw from others and avoid new opportunities. This can lead to feelings of increased sadness, emptiness and anxiety. This is called a vicious circle of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Carefully constructed exercises are used to help recipient evaluate and change her thought patterns and avoidance/safety behaviours. Some aspects of treatment focus more on thoughts and some aspects focus more on behaviours. If recipient has difficulty identifying and challenging negative thoughts, therapist might focus on addressing behaviours such as avoidance, withdrawal or limited social skills. On the other hand, if such behaviours are not as noticeable, therapist may focus on challenging unrealistic thinking patterns.

Common CBT interventions include:

Setting realistic goals and learning how to solve problems (e.g. engaging in more social activities, learning how to be assertive)

Learning how to manage stress and anxiety (e.g. learning relaxation techniques such as different breathing exercises to relieve physical symptoms, coping strategies such as changing thinking styles: ‘I’ve done this before and was pleased with the outcome,’ and a toolkit of simple but effective distraction techniques to reduce emotional distress and increase resilience skills)

Identifying situations that are often avoided and gradually approaching feared situations and use exposure and habituation to overcome feared situations to manageable level

Identifying and engaging in enjoyable activities such as hobbies, social activities and exercise

Identifying and challenging negative thoughts (e.g. Things never work out for me – black and white thinking style)

Keeping track of feelings, thoughts and behaviours to become aware of symptoms and to make it easier to change thoughts and behaviours

My first session

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Phase 1

The initial phase is designed to provide assessment and engagement, including the development of a problem list, establishment of shared goals and the collaborative development of a maintenance formulation of a recent incident.

A first session would include:

• Explain confidentiality, CBT, trial aspects (e.g. treatment window and boosters)

• Agree short 6 session contract with expectation of renewal up to 30 hours (including boosters)

• Cognitive behavioural assessment of presenting problems and life experiences, based on cognitive model Risk assessment

• Normalising where and if appropriate

Ideally, by session 3, we would have:

• Agreed a shared list of problems and goals (SMART ones suitable for the agreed short-term contract; goals should ideally be related to increasing quality of life and/or reducing distress; in some instances, telling their story may be an appropriate first goal)

• Shared formulation (at least a mini-formulation of a recent specific situation, related to a problem from the list, in terms of event, thoughts, feelings and behaviour/responses with appropriate maintenance cycles): What happened – how I made sense of it – how I feel – how I responded

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Cognitive analytic therapy, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotion focused therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Trainer - Newry

Newry BT34
07740091591 SMS Only
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

When I am not available, you will receive an out-of-office email and text reply and I will reply as soon as I possibly can.

About me and my therapy practice

I use Integration counselling, combined with Cognitive Psychotherapy, targeted to the wider audience, especially those with a disability, experiencing marginalisation. In order to ensure that therapy work is accessible to all, I use visual aids as in Spoken to Text, constructing diagrams, using pictorial cards amongst others to tell their story in a language that best suits them.

I share my CBT knowledge and skills with individuals where it would enable them to develop coping tools they can use in daily life beyond the completion of our counselling work. The work I do covers diverse mental health issues as in depression, anxiety, perpetual worry, trauma, social anxiety, health anxiety, bereavement and grief, amongst other different issues. CBT offers psycho-education which teaches recipients the key information and other useful resources they need to understand the causes, symptoms and appropriate treatment options of a specific difficulty experienced. Through daily interventions to change unhealthy behaviours, it warrants, in the long term, optimum recovery and maintained well-being, whilst simultaneously learning to ramp up the resilience and assets in order to maintain the right ratio for positivity against the negativity and continue to flourish even when faced with adversity and disappointment.

I work with individuals from age 18 to adults on a one-to-one basis in a safe environment where confidentiality is assured. The length of time for sessions varies depending on individual’s needs and includes both longer-term therapeutic work as well as short term solution-focused counselling. In broad terms, short-term counselling will usually be 6-12 sessions whilst working longer term developmental work will take between 16 and 20 sessions.


Practice description

Therapist and recipient look at how thoughts and behaviours impact feelings. For example, if client believes that nothing will work out right for her, she may withdraw from others and avoid new opportunities. This can lead to feelings of increased sadness, emptiness and anxiety. This is called a vicious circle of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Carefully constructed exercises are used to help recipient evaluate and change her thought patterns and avoidance/safety behaviours. Some aspects of treatment focus more on thoughts and some aspects focus more on behaviours. If recipient has difficulty identifying and challenging negative thoughts, therapist might focus on addressing behaviours such as avoidance, withdrawal or limited social skills. On the other hand, if such behaviours are not as noticeable, therapist may focus on challenging unrealistic thinking patterns.

Common CBT interventions include:

Setting realistic goals and learning how to solve problems (e.g. engaging in more social activities, learning how to be assertive)

Learning how to manage stress and anxiety (e.g. learning relaxation techniques such as different breathing exercises to relieve physical symptoms, coping strategies such as changing thinking styles: ‘I’ve done this before and was pleased with the outcome,’ and a toolkit of simple but effective distraction techniques to reduce emotional distress and increase resilience skills)

Identifying situations that are often avoided and gradually approaching feared situations and use exposure and habituation to overcome feared situations to manageable level

Identifying and engaging in enjoyable activities such as hobbies, social activities and exercise

Identifying and challenging negative thoughts (e.g. Things never work out for me – black and white thinking style)

Keeping track of feelings, thoughts and behaviours to become aware of symptoms and to make it easier to change thoughts and behaviours

My first session

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Phase 1

The initial phase is designed to provide assessment and engagement, including the development of a problem list, establishment of shared goals and the collaborative development of a maintenance formulation of a recent incident.

A first session would include:

• Explain confidentiality, CBT, trial aspects (e.g. treatment window and boosters)

• Agree short 6 session contract with expectation of renewal up to 30 hours (including boosters)

• Cognitive behavioural assessment of presenting problems and life experiences, based on cognitive model Risk assessment

• Normalising where and if appropriate

Ideally, by session 3, we would have:

• Agreed a shared list of problems and goals (SMART ones suitable for the agreed short-term contract; goals should ideally be related to increasing quality of life and/or reducing distress; in some instances, telling their story may be an appropriate first goal)

• Shared formulation (at least a mini-formulation of a recent specific situation, related to a problem from the list, in terms of event, thoughts, feelings and behaviour/responses with appropriate maintenance cycles): What happened – how I made sense of it – how I feel – how I responded