Chris Paul (PGDip., MBACP)
The Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
23 Bath Road
Whatever troubles you, I can support you to work through it. It might be anxiety, relationship issues, panic attacks or depression. Whether you're facing a choice, grief, low confidence or lack of direction, we can talk it through. I work with adults, young people and couples.
I offer counselling in Marlborough, Swindon and Hungerford to help you cope with difficulties and get the most from your life. I don’t give advice or make judgements about how to change things, but help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools that help you to resolve them.
My approach is based on looking beyond symptoms and crises to understand what they mean for you. While we will be working to reduce and eliminate those symptoms, this is often best done by looking at the experience. As one of my clients said, "when you look at bad things they go away". Additionally we can find meaning from difficult thoughts or feelings, which often point us towards a life that is more satisfying. For example, when working with an addiction we might explore uncomfortable emotions that addiction allows you to manage.
What you can expect
Counselling can take time, as often it is necessary to explore unconscious feelings and attitudes. For example, you may feel anxious or depressed but not know why those feelings are so often present or overwhelming. Counselling is a journey and a single session is seldom enough. I can work with you for as long as it takes.
How we work together depends on the issues you want to explore. Normally we meet weekly at a regular time for just under an hour, either face to face or using Skype. The first session is spent exploring what you want to use counselling for, your history and any impact this has on you. If you decide counselling will help you, we spend five more sessions exploring your issues, reviewing our work together at the end of that period. At that point we may decide to continue in an open ended fashion until you feel your journey is done.
Contact me now for a free half hour telephone assessment to see if working together could be beneficial for you. You can send an email via this site or call on 07515759587.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling, Psychosynthesis Trust (equivalent level 7). Course accredited by Middlesex University, BACP, UKCP.
Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC). Course accredited by Middlesex University; EMCC, ICF, AC recognised course.
- Foundations in Psychosynthesis Counselling (Psychosynthesis Education Trust)
- Master of Business Administration (Open University, Distinction)
- BA Hons. (Exeter)
I undertake regular professional development training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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Depending on circumstances and your preference, sessions can be face to face, by telephone, or through Skype. Often the initial session is followed by six more, with a review at that point to decide if further sessions are required.
For private individuals and couples:
Face to face sessions last fifty minutes and cost £55 for individuals, £65 for couples.
Telephone and Skype sessions last fifty minutes, and cost £45
Prices are reviewed annually. I accept cash or BACS payments.
Rates for corporate clients who want a service for executives, board members or staff are available on request. Please contact me directly.
I also offer two affordable slots for individuals who cannot afford full rates, due to being low waged or unemployed. While these slots are often taken, please enquire.
My passion is working with people to help make a difference to their lives. To achieve this I use creative techniques, including imagery and creative thinking, so that’s why my company is called “Creative Difference”. I work as a counsellor and a coach, and provide personal development workshops and training.
I also work as a Life Coach, with a special interest in helping people find meaningful life paths. I provide training to charity staff on communication, how to work with vulnerable people, and skills for dealing with challenging or aggressive behaviour. I have a long history of working with vulnerable people myself, including the homeless, young people, and people with histories of addiction, offending, mental health and abuse. I have worked in central London boroughs and overseas in Africa, giving me a deep appreciation of diversity issues and the ability to work with a wide range of people.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (member No. 754854, registration certificate No. 145262), following their Ethical Framework. I also follow the AoEC codes of Practice and Ethics, available on request.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm, but early morning appointments available before normal working hours if required.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|