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Counsellor, CBT Therapist and EMDR Consultant

a photo of Ericka Johanson: counsellor, cognitive behavioural therapist and EMDR therapist

Ericka is a BACP accredited Counsellor, with over 11 years experience working with individuals.   She is also an Accredited EMDR Supervisor and Consultant, Counselling Supervisor and Trainer.

It is natural to want to believe that we can deal with whatever life throws our way, but the truth is that sometimes it can feel just too much.   Negative thoughts which we have previously kept under control can begin to get “louder” and in some cases seem overwhelming and contribute to a feeling of isolation.   I can help to lessen that feeling of isolation and work with you to find a way to help you regain meaning in your life.   I work from a humanistic base, but also have a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for clients who prefer a more structured way of working.

My counselling experience has been gained by working with addictions including substance misuse, alcohol and gambling.   I have also worked in Adult Mental Health services within the NHS Primary Care services, working with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

My particular area of interest is working with clients who have undergone a significant life event which might include sexual abuse, grief and loss, bullying in the workplace, physical attacks, road traffic accidents, the after effects of which the client may be currently experiencing.   This interest came about through working with patients who presented with various anxiety problems but on investigation had its roots in a traumatic event.  Therefore by addressing the underlying problem with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming) I have helped clients to address their trauma using this powerful technique.

I am also an experienced Counselling Supervisor and Trainer, delivering courses on the Jesmond Therapy Centre Training Programme for Counsellors and other Mental Health Professionals.


MA Counselling, University of Durham

PG Diploma in CBT, Newcastle University

Certificate in EMDR (Parts 1,2,3 and 4), EMDR Workshops

Certificate in Supervision, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Certificate in CBT, NHS Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Advanced Certificate in Counselling, University of Durham

Certificate in Education, University of Durham

Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP

Accredited Member of EMDR Europe



Meet The Team