Paul McFarland BA (hons), MBACP (accred.)
Counselling is an effective method of psychological healing that focuses on our personal style of experiencing self, others and life in general. A collaborative exploration of lived experience with an experienced counsellor serves to illuminate the wounded places inside us that require healing, as well as the process of personal growth needed to address them. The safe environment of counselling creates a compassionate space for our true self to emerge, and bestows a clarity that brings an often elusive sense of fulfilment in life into sharp focus.
I practise an integration of the person-centred, existential and transpersonal counselling models, often utilising creative means to help people access their innate resources. As my background is in Eastern spirituality, I also draw frequently on the insightful wisdom of the East.
Individuals: My emphasis in counselling individuals involves restorative emotional work that comprises a healing journey uniquely tailored to your needs. It is a gentle method that equips you with the ability to draw on your own inner wisdom to address the challenges of modern living. As our work together progresses, you will discover outdated patterns of being that have become rigid being gradually replaced with a more fluid and open flexibility.
Couples: My style of couples counselling constitutes a unique blend of psychotherapy and spirituality, of the modern and the ancient, to explore love and intimacy as a sacred path. Over and above simply meeting one another's needs, love has a larger potential to foster a personal awakening that leads to the healthy and enriching relationships we all desire. The heartbreak we feel when our most cherished relationship is in crisis represents the ideal opportunity to discover a new way of being present with one another.
Young people: I am currently employed part-time as a Student Counsellor at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College. In the past I have worked at youth counselling agencies in Redhill and Croydon. Thus I have abundant experience in helping young people navigate through periods of personal transition that are notoriously tricky. Therapeutically I bond very well with today's youth, especially young men.
Training, qualifications & experience
First-class BA (hons) Counselling degree from the University of Greenwich
Certificate in Couple Dynamics
Certificate in Counselling Supervision
I am an accredited, registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their professional code of ethics.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with spiritual or religious issues and transcultural issues.
For a single 50-minute session my fees are £65 for individuals and £70 for couples. My fees for a one-hour session of supervision are £60.
In Reading, I see clients at the consulting rooms of Mind Garden Therapy, located at 56 London Street.
- I also offer online counselling sessions via video-link using Skype.
- Telephone counselling is also available.