About People of Worth

Welcome! I’m Imogen Hg-Johnson. I am the founder of ‘People of Worth Counselling and Psychotherapy’. I am a highly experienced psychotherapist for individuals and am passionate about the efficacy of my work. My experience comes from working in four different therapy settings: the NHS GP Practice’s, the criminal justice system, public and private law, and private practice.

My expertise is in performance/self-sabotage, and generalised anxiety, work-related stress and silent discrimination, depression, relationship problems, loneliness, trauma (PTSD), loss, identity issues. I also have experience of working with people ‘diagnosed’ with emotional instability through a chemical imbalance (Bipolar Disorder), manifesting in borderline and antisocial personality styles (BPD/EUPD); and with clients who are emotionally over-controlled presenting with perfectionism, who have personalities that are avoidant, ‘workaholic’, obsessive compulsive, paranoid (substance induced Psychosis) and also those chronically depressed exhibiting self-harming behaviours; or who have eating disorders.

Conclusively, I support individuals through a ‘transformational’ process of identifying how their current presentation and inability to reach their full potential, is being inhibited by unconscious ‘blind –spots’ and unresolved trauma from their past.

I work with individuals; aged 13 years old and upwards, who are based in the UK and overseas.


‘People of Worth’ was created as a course; as a result of my ‘late Mother an inspirational force’ who had seen me overcome the complexities of living with the silent disability –dyslexia and learning to rather embrace this aspect of myself as a ‘gift’ rather than a hindrance and to value my ‘worth’. I went on to deliver ‘people of worth’ for the WISH centre in Blackburn- my home town in 2011; as part of a probation court ordered process. From its success numerous inspirational, and motivation courses have since been delivered to those vulnerable within the plight of the ‘underworld’.  


In 2012, I developed a speciality in working with clients presenting with problematic personality styles. This came about as a result of my role as a ‘Criminal Justice Worker’ within an adult substance misuse service and a prison setting where I began completing my intensive Post Graduate Training in Integrative Psychotherapy.

I later worked as the Therapeutic Lead and supervisor of Trainee CBT, TA and Integrative MA practitioners within a substance misuse, and Criminal Justice Setting. I continued to develop my private practice, whilst bringing my existential-phenomenological work to a private therapeutic firm practising in public and private family Law with a number of high profile complex clients; on an individual and couples basis.

Like many psychotherapists, I came to this profession as a second career. My first one was in teaching where I taught in secondary and further education as a sports lecturer.


2012 – Inspire Substance Misuse Service: Criminal Justice Lead and current- (Private Practice).
2014-2016 Integrative Psychotherapist NHS GP Practice
2017-2018 Staff/Client Therapist and Supervisor to trainee MA Therapists; Therapeutic Lead Inspire Substance Misuse Service
2018-2020 Adult and Adolescent Psychotherapist: Court Ordered Practice.


2002:Physical Education & Psychology BA(Hons) Degree, (York St John University).
2006: Post Graduate Certificate of Education (University of Central Lancashire School of Education).
2014: Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling Postgraduate Masters, (University of Central Lancashire School of Nursing)


EMDR Master Class Standard Protocol: DR Michael Patterson.
EMDR Child and Adolescent Training CORE LEVEL 1/ Child Trauma Therapy Centre: Susan Darker-Smith.


MBACP (Accredited Member British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
EMDR Europe Registered Member.

Counselling V’s Psychotherapy

‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘Counselling’ are terms that are often used interchangeably. Some practitioners may choose to use both terms when referring to themselves. Although they are very similar (both practices share the goal of relieving psychological symptoms and enabling individuals to live more fulfilled lives), there are some subtle differences.

‘Counselling’ is described as a solution focused ‘outcome based’ intervention; whereas Psychotherapy is mostly focused upon behavioural patterns and often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation, with goals set collectively by the client and therapist in order for them to be achieved.

One of the fundamental differences between Counselling and Psychotherapy is that Psychotherapists are trained to formulate – to diagnose according to their approach to therapy. This is critical when dealing with issues that are deep-rooted and impacting on the patient/client’s relationship to self and others.

Clinical Psychotherapy

To clarify, Psychotherapy requires more skill from the practitioner than Counselling; with a more rigorous academic and clinical focus than counselling training. Whilst a Psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide clinical Psychotherapy. In their practice, Psychotherapists will often utilise a skill set from a variation of ‘modalities’ to create a formulation best suited to the clients bespoke journey.

Whether it is solution focused short term Counselling you require to overcome a specific mental health problem, relational issues, connection in relationships, work related stress, bereavement, loss or break down of a marriage at ‘People of Worth Psychotherapy’ a bespoke journey of therapeutic and inspiring support will be shared.

Alternatively, your journey might require the longevity of Psychotherapeutic support through a journey of exploration into childhood, adolescence and adulthood patterning, to create a formulation of therapeutic support so you can overcome the impact of chronic and acute trauma and all that may have resulted in. At ‘People of Worth Psychotherapy’ Imogen will provide you with the space in which you will feel held, supported, able to self – explore and evolve.

In short, this is your process, and it would be my pleasure to walk by your side…

According to the BACP (2010),Counselling and Psychotherapy are two practices that are closely related in so far as both fall under the category of ‘Talking Therapies’.They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short- or long-term process to help them bring about effective change.

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