Paul Senior BA (Hons) MBACP

Paul Senior BA (Hons) MBACP

County Durham


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County Durham


About me

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

Diversity Awareness

Psychosexual Therapy

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

Complex Needs

Working with those Who Self harm

Suicide Prevention

Personality Disorders

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

Trauma Counselling

Veterans Peer Support

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

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  • Therapy Room


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.

Further information

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

Chester-le-Street, DH3

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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