Paul Hurst BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip TA Practice, MBACP, MBPsS
01892 723376 / 07973 134987
Looking for someone to listen to you?
The method I trained in (Transactional Analysis) fosters an 'I'm ok, you're ok' equal relationship between client and therapist, where we work together to help you achieve your goal. You are welcome to view my notes from sessions and I'll be happy to talk through any background theory if you wish.
In general I work with adult clients who have worries over anxiety, relationships, loss and substance use, although my training does cover wider areas which do come up at times.
Any initial conversation by telephone or email is completely without obligation, please feel free to ask me about anything that concerns you, including my training, qualifications, experience or background - I won't be offended and am happy to answer any relevant question, or explain why if I'm unable to respond.
We meet in a safe, private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty you are having, distress you may be experiencing or may be a dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction or purpose. You set the agenda, whether it be a problem you are facing now, or a traumatic experience in your past.
You can expect me to be attentive, respectful and non-judgmental, focused on you, honest and discrete. I also have full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance and appropriate third party insurance (details on web site.)
A therapeutic relationship is co-created between client and therapist, and it may not always be possible to achieve a working bond. So you can find out if you think you will be happy working together I offer a reduced rate for our first session - we can experience each other and talk through what you want to achieve.
You can choose to meet up in my garden office, a room in the Brenchley Memorial Centre (next to a café and with parking outside,) or in Paddock Wood (very near to the station.) Please see my web site for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following an Open University degree in psychology, I gained a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy and gained membership of both the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
During my training, I worked as a volunteer counsellor for a hospice, and for substance use units in both Brighton and Hastings
I have also gained accreditation as a 'Non-Religious Pastoral Care Volunteer' through the British Humanist Association, currently working part time at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ageing and age-related issues
As mentioned above, I offer a reduced rate of £20 for your first session.
My current charge for a 50 minute session is £45.00 in either Brenchley or Paddock Wood, or £40.00 for meetings in my garden office as there is no room hire cost involved. I am willing to discuss concessionary rates where appropriate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday pm and Friday am. Evenings and Sunday mornings possible depending on location - please contact me to discuss or see web site for current details.
Types of client