Paul Bridge MA Counselling (accredited), Dip PTSD, Cert Supervision. MBACP
Hello and welcome to my profile.
I am a highly experienced counsellor and psychotherapist of some 20 years. I value and respect my clients and offer a safe and confidential space where your concerns and issues can be shared without judgement.
I have a full and recent Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/CRB) check. I am also registered with the BACP and hold a Masters Degree (accredited) in Counselling Studies.
I am available to help with any issue: if your issue is important to you then it is important to me and we will be able to work through it together in order to create a positive outcome for you.
My claim to fame is that I was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about how I became a therapist. To listen to the interview please go to my facebook page.
What will counselling achieve for you
Life isn't always easy and sometimes events and people can conspire against us. This can cause us to feel overwhelmed and powerless, unable to deal with a mind that's constantly telling us we can't cope. Counselling can help us to tap into our own inner strength and resources to provide answers to problems we can't seem to find on our own. A good counsellor will not judge you, they are guide to show you the road back to a state of inner peace.
How to arrange an appointment and what follows
Please Phone 07720841002 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
(Please do not hang up if you hear my answer phone message, If you leave your name and number I will ring you back. I may not be able to take your call because I am counselling).
Once you have made contact we will agree a date and time for your first session.
When you arrive for your session you will be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. I will offer you a drink and show you where the bathroom is and ensure that you have somewhere comfortable to sit whilst we chat. I will explain the importance of confidentiality within the counselling relationship to ensure that you feel that our sessions are safe.
I will listen and give you the opportunity to feel really heard and then at the end of that first session we will come up with a plan together of how best to move forward so that you can start to feel better.
The session will last an hour.
When the session is complete we will diary our next session and start to action our plan.
There are many different types of therapist and they use various different models of counselling. I am described as an ‘integrative therapist’ this means that I can draw on various models of counselling and techniques to create the positive outcome desired.
I look forward to hearing from you :-)
I can’t begin to explain how much just a few short weeks of seeing Paul has completely changed my life. My perspective on things has changed, how I react to people and situations has changed and I overall honestly feel like a different person. I can’t thank Paul enough, my confidence and self worth has increased so much and he’s brought the me back that I thought I had lost years ago. I’ve seen a few different therapists and have never left each session feeling as great as I have when I’ve left a session with Paul. There’s not 1 session I have been to with him where I don’t feel like I’ve made an improvement, learned something about myself or conquered some kind of milestone. He’s so honest about things which is what I needed and also told me I wouldn’t need many sessions which I really didn’t to start feeling better. Thank you so much for all your help Paul, you helped to pull me out of a dark place and il forever be grateful to you.
Jodie Williams Dec 2nd 2020
I was fortunate to be told about Paul in March 2020 after another spell of hiding away from the world . After years of suffering varying degrees of anxiety and depression , which was getting worse year on year – I needed help!I have received therapy before , mainly CBT and on one occasion shaking maracas (don’t ask ) , which may have given me some respite for a few months , but did not fix the problem.Why do I feel this way ? What’s wrong with me ? What’s the point in being here ? I have no future ?
My name is Jackie and I was adopted at 5 weeks old . Growing up knowing this fact did not always make for a happy life . Who am I ? Where am I from ? Who is my other mummy and daddy ? Why was I given away ? Did they not love me ? All these unanswered questions caused me great deal of pain and anger , not feeling good enough , lack of trust etc …..On first meeting Paul I really did not know what to expect , but after talking it was a relief to know at the end of the session my diagnosis was Identity Crisis and Insecure attachment disorder.
I had 8 sessions with Paul using various techniques , IEMT and Brain Spotting – both of which have helped me immensely . It has awoken a part of my brain that I was not using , is the best way to describe how I now feel . My anxiety is nearly non- existent , I am much calmer , less tired , increased confidence to start making new opportunities and the future is looking bright !
Paul is very passionate about what he does , very easy to talk to , great listener , makes you feel at ease , explains the techniques he uses and makes a great cup of tea !
I cannot recommend Paul enough , he has changed my life forever and can also change your life whatever you may be going through .
As always - Sir you are a legend
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters degree in counselling from Manchester University, (accredited), also diplomas in person-centred counselling, PTSD Counselling, Relationship Counselling and a certificate in counselling supervision from the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy. I am also an Advanced Integral Eye Movement therapist, which is the best way I have found of relieving the trauma.
I am skilled at using various models of therapy to elicit positive change for my clients (I don't believe that one model of counselling fits all).
I am particularly good at working with trauma, anxiety and personality disorders.
Throughout my career, I have worked with troubled teenagers, offenders, addicts, people lacking in self-esteem and motivation, long term unemployed, single parents and people of all age groups with mental health issues such as extreme anxiety and depression. I am best known for my work with police officers, soldiers, paramedics, firefighters and prison officers that have extreme trauma.
I am also an advanced practitioner and member of the association of Integral Eye Movement Therapists:
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Motivation, worklessness, learning styles, emotional intelligence and resilience.
No problem is too small:
Generalised anxiety disorder
Problems at work
Affairs and betrayal
I charge £60 per session.
All telephone counselling sessions will require payment in advance via paypal or bank transfer.
I work weekends, weekdays and evenings. I am currently taking on telephone clients and those suffering anxiety due to Covid-19.
I also deliver motivational training and workshops covering emotional intelligence, resilience, body language and ho'oponopono.