Paul North MBACP & HPC

Paul North MBACP &  HPC

30 Frogmore St

Acorn Counselling
Quercus House
Market St

07890903409 / 07890903409

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30 Frogmore St

Acorn Counselling
Quercus House
Market St

07890903409 / 07890903409

About me

I have fifteen years experience of working in the NHS. This experience has given me an awareness of the courage it takes to make the first steps in seeking help. My priority is providing a safe and secure setting from where difficulties can be explored and changes made.

My Approach.
I have extensive experience of working with people who feel 'stuck' - this may be with feelings, certain behaviours and/or in relationships -  and can help people to get a better undestanding of what is getting in the way of making positive changes.

I seek to support change through greater understanding of the past and how this affects someone's life in the present. Through our work together patterns of behaviour and relating become clearer and opportunities for change emerge. 

What to expect.
You can contact me via telephone or e-mail (See contact details). Hopefully from this first contact we'd make a time to meet for an initial session. 

This initial session is an opportunity for you to meet with me and for us to establish together what brings you to counselling and how I might help. It will give you an opportunity to see how I work and whether it's an approach that suits you.

If you want to work with me and I feel I can help then we would establish an idea of how many sessions initially we could meet for and how often. This would then give us a chance to review progress.

I see people for fifty minute sessions. These sessions are usually once a week but not always. The sessions will always take place in the same room so the setting becomes familiar to you.   

It's helpful for me to know times you will be away at the earliest opportunity and I will give you as much notice as possible when I am going to be away.   

Difficulties I can help with.
I have particular experience of working with bereavement and loss and have completed additional training in these areas. Related to this I work with difficulties around change and transition.

Through my NHS experience I have worked extensively with people who experience depression, anxiety and anger difficulties. I also have an interest in working with people experiencing work related difficulties i.e work stress, fears around loss of employment and relationship difficulties within work.        

I  offer long and short term therapy. I have undertaken additional training in providing brief therapy.

I am also trained to provide Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT).  

Where I see people. 
My counselling practice is based in Bristol and Nailsworth (Gloucestershire). Both practices are centrally located and easy to access. Both settings offer discretion. My practices are in buildings that house other counsellors. The rooms I use are airy, well lit and comfortable.  

I am member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their standards and ethics. I recieve regular supervision from a trained and qualified supervisor. I regularly attend training in order to maintain my professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Bath Centre For Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Member of British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I have undertaken additional training in:
Providing Brief Therapy (16 session model).
New approaches in working with loss and bereavement.
Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
Mental health difficulties in the workplace.

I have eight years experience of working for a charity providing counselling for people affected by life threatening illness. This includes working with people with life threatening illness, their carers and people who have been bereaved.  

I have fifteen years experience as a Mental Health professional in Community Mental Health services. In this work I have experience of working with individuals, groups, families and couples. I also supervise and manage other staff.

Member organisations



£35 per session (Fifty Minute Sessions)

Limited reduced costs places available.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5NA
Nailsworth, GL6 0BX

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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