Paul Senior BA (Hons) MBACP
Hello, my name is Paul, I am a Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working within a Person Centred / Assimilative Integrative model of therapy. Having studied at New College Durham and awarded a BA (Hons) in Counselling, I possess a wealth of lifetime and counselling experience.
My aim is to offer a warm, safe, confidential and nurturing environment, in which a collaborative therapeutic relationship can be established: thus allowing the exploration of your current life issues. Sharing your thoughts and emotions with an experienced professional can enable you to attend to any current difficulties you may need support with.
I consider each individual human being to be unique, possess value and to be deserving of respect for the capacity to determine their own direction in life and values which guide them.
It is my belief that you are the sole expert in your internal world and the only person who accurately understands how you feel, the only one who can decide who and how you should be, what the true meaning of your life is and how it should be lived.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship developing between us to be the most important aspect of counselling. This therapeutic relationship can give you a space to feel truly accepted, heard and understood in a non-judgemental empathic environment, experiencing me as a real and genuine person within this relationship. I will be open and transparent with my feelings and emotions as I experience them in the moment, rather than assuming the role of an expert dispensing prescriptive solutions to your problems.
I am not the expert in your life and do not possess the answers to your issues. I believe that the answers are within yourself and my role is to be alongside you, to understand, to explore, to challenge where appropriate and to clarify. I am accustomed to long spells of silence, tears and strong emotions being expressed.
Issues I work with
Issues I work with include; depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem, self harm, suicidal ideation, work related stress, relationships, domestic abuse, drug & alcohol misuse, loneliness, isolation, life transitions, retirement issues, childhood sexual abuse, childhood emotional abuse, childhood physical abuse, eating disorders, war / veteran related mental health issues, including PTSD and family / re-integration issues.
How we could work together;
Trained in the Person Centred model of counselling, I embrace this “way of being” as both intrinsic and fundamental to my practice. Over some years, my philosophical and theoretical development has evolved into an assimilative integrative approach to counselling. Assimilative integration involves the grounding of oneself in a specific model of practice, (Person Centred) with a single coherent theoretical system at its core. Techniques and interventions are selectively assimilated from other models with the aim of complementing the core model with appropriate interventions.
I have a firm belief in the intrinsic positive nature of all human beings. This positive nature will always strive to make the most of our lives, no matter what difficulties or issues we find ourselves faced with.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) in Counselling
FdA in Counselling
MBACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Meaning and Safety in Counselling
Safe Guarding Children
Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults,
Working with Abuse
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Tackling Violence against Women & Girls
Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Health & Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender
Building Intercultural Therapeutic Space
Psyche and Soma: the Hidden World of Eating Disorders
Gestalt: The Therapy of Dreams
Working with those Who Self harm
Dual Diagnosis – Mental Health
Substance Misuse Awareness
Blood Borne Virus Awareness
Brief Intervention – Alcohol Misuse
Brief Intervention – Smoking Cessation
Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs)
Drugs & Alcohol Recovery, 12 Step Programme Delivery
War Veterans Awareness Tier 2
War Veterans Awareness Tier 3
Veterans Peer Support
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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Your first appointment, which is an assessment / consultation, will last approximately 30 - 40 minutes and is charged at £20. This will enable us to establish your presenting issues and the appropriateness of our working together.
All subsequent appointments are charged at £40 per therapeutic hour (50 mins), which is payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each appointment.
Students, the un-waged and those on benefits are charged at £30 per therapeutic hour.
Counselling will be carried out from a comfortable,dedicated treatment room within my home, in a quiet residential setting with ample on site parking facilities.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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