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"I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become"

Carl Jung


Johanna Lakin

I believe that by providing clients a non judgemental, accepting and empathic environment, their needs, attitudes, decisions and potential for growth becomes clearer and more fully formed.

My role is to support you through any challenges you may be having by offering you a space and meet you in a genuine, honest way. 

By forming a trusting therapeutic relationship, we can navigate your thoughts, feelings and experiences (past and present) to better understand how they have worked together to form your understanding of who you are and how you view your place in the world. 

I am dedicated to a working relationship that moves at your pace and the direction you wish it to move at. I am an Accredited Registrant of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and therefore adhere to their code and guidance of good and ethical practice. I am based in Cumbria, England. 

I specialise in working with individuals who are struggling with eating distress (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, calorie restriction). 


I am an approved Police Firearms Officers Association therapist (PFOA).

I have had experience of working with many other types of distress including:

  • Trauma

  • Depression & Low Mood

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, psychological, financial)

  • Anxiety

  • Relationships

  • Stress

  • Low Self-Esteem & Self-Worth 

  • Grief & Loss

  • Loneliness

  • Self-Harm

  • Critical Self-Talk

  • Life Transitions 


University of Nottingham

MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Emotion Focussed Therapy (Level 1)

University of Lincoln

BSc (Hons) Psychology 


Johanna Lakin & David Murphy (2023) A pilot qualitative study of a person-centered approach to eating distress in women, Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, DOI: 10.1080/14779757.2023.2273474

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