My Therapist Online - Lisa Johnston - CBT - Online Expert

Lisa Johnston

Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)

Anxiety Disorders Specialist

Lisa has worked for over 7 years as a National Specialist in the CBT service for the treatment of people with severe and complex anxiety disorders, at the Bethlem Royal Hospital under the world renowned consultant psychiatrist Professor David Veale. Lisa is experienced in the provision of both assessment and treatment at a national specialist level for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). 

Lisa specialises in Skype (and other online video platforms) CBT treatment and can therefore cover all geographic locations.

Lisa has particular experience in helping people overcome;

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

  • Emetophobia (fear of vomit)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Panic Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Health Anxiety

  • Social Anxiety

  • Low Self-esteem

  • Depression

She works in a collaborative and client centred way ensuring therapy is guided by meaningful goals. Lisa is fully accredited with BABCP and her clinical experience started in 2003 working in the NHS and private practice as a qualified Occupational Therapist. Her background in Occupational Therapy, means she can include a focus on reclaiming or the establishment of balance in your everyday occupations. 

Professional Accreditation/Qualifications

Kings College London - BSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

York St John - HSc Occupational Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, BABCP accredited

Member of British Association of Behavioural and Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Qualified Occupational Therapist

Registered Clinical Psychologist, Health Professions Council (HCPC)

Co-Chair of the Compassion Focused Therapy SIG for BABCP

Member of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation 

Member of the BABCP Independent Practitioner Special Interest Group


Lisa has also completed several extensive training in the areas of OCD, social anxiety, compassionate focused therapy, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Emetophobia (vomit phobia) perfectionism, hoarding and clinical supervision of staff.


Feedback about online therapy with Lisa.

“Lisa is a true professional committed to patients’ success and will help you help yourself. Under her tutelage I made significant gains against years of entrenched behaviour within several months.” GH

“I had a very positive experience of therapy with Lisa. I always felt there was an overall plan and that we were working towards a goal together which is something that has been missing with previous therapists where I felt almost responsible for directing therapy or that I was just coasting along. I feel I connected with Lisa very well and again, compared to other therapists, I felt she was able to challenge me and appreciate where I was coming from. Each session seemed to achieve a lot although Lisa was very flexible and I quickly became aware that I could raise anything that had come up that week or something that had been affecting me and Lisa was happy to work on that rather than what might have been planned.”

“Therapy was delivered in a way that felt relaxed but again always had direction. Lisa used visual aids which I found really useful and she would often email me with a summary of a session - I referred back to these emails countless times when I was struggling. I found Lisa to be very professional and knowledgeable but also kind and empathic.“

I would certainly recommend online therapy to a friend. As someone who has been in therapy before I think that I found it easy to adapt but others may take a little longer. I would certainly recommend it in terms of accessibility and I don't think I cancelled one session with Lisa during our months of therapy whereas in the past I have felt that depression or anxiety have been factors in me not making the journey to a therapist's office. In the comfort of my own home I felt therapy was more accessible. I didn't feel at all intimidated whereas at office-based therapy I have often felt under the microscope.” JD

“Lisa is fantastic! Her methods were the most effective and professional I have experienced. She clearly is focused on results and the patient (as opposed to maximising revenue by slow rolling treatment). Over the course of ten sessions she quickly gauged my comfort levels, applied an appropriate amount of pressure to push me to complete CBT tasks and challenge OCD, and taught me the basics of the theory and practice so I am empowered to be my own therapist.” SM