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 email@example.com 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 :-)
Paul is an amazing counsellor, and over the years I have had a few! No nonsense, caring, compassionate, observant, methodical and doesn't let you shy away from the tricky thoughts, discussions and emotions. He helps you to face them then puts them where they should be in your mind instead of staring you in the face leading your life down dark alleys of negativity. Incredible.
Thanks to Paul's help, I have finally been able to cope with years of issues which multiple counsellors failed to do.
I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Catherine Smyth 17th June 2020
I recently went to see Paul with issues I have carried from childhood for almost 50 years. These past traumas affected me throughout my life; impacting on my present life and I had to ‘fix’ them to be able to live freely, without these triggers surfacing and making me make wrong decisions.
Paul is an amazing listener, he is able to pinpoint the route cause and apply his amazing techniques. I was treated with eye movement therapy. It is truly mind blowing how this method can fix a single trigger in no more than ten minutes! Paul freed me of my problems in 5 session, truly life changing!
Paul also uses visual aids to help you understand how things work within the brain and describes the various theories to help you along your journey to recovery and ultimately freedom from the issues you have been carrying.
I would unequivocally recommend Paul to anyone. In fact I already have. Paul is passionate about what he does and his focus is on fixing people as quickly as he can, in order to get his clients living their best lives.
Paul, THANK YOU!
Gareth L Jones Wed 10th June
I cannot recommend Paul highly enough!!
I’m Mark, I’m 33 and a serving soldier for over fifteen years. I had the symptoms of depression/PTSD/anxiety but couldn’t understand why and was struggling to face up to it. I tried to get help through work and the NHS but found it impersonal and ineffective. I then tried a private therapist but again wasn’t feeling comfortable with his approach. With a tremendous slice of luck I then found Paul, from our initial contact and first session I knew I was in the right place. In a safe comfortable environment he listened to my issues and calmly explained why I felt the way I did and most importantly how to effect change. Despite the difficult issues and trauma we dealt with in some early sessions I always came away feeling positive. All of that is down to his approach where everything is clearly explained, even the seemingly dark magic of eye movement therapy. I found Paul to be personal and professional in the perfect measure, his work is his passion which will envelop you as his client. You may be concerned (and it’s true!) that there are therapists out there that will take your money, drip feed their advice and keep you on as long as possible until they find new clients. Fixing you is counter productive to their income after all right! Well Paul is absolutely not like that, as I say his work is his passion. If he can fix you in a single session he will. But whatever your problem is, no matter how complex it may seem to you, I guarantee he will help you understand it and guide you back to feeling happy. To restate the top - I cannot recommend highly enough. For me it has been an enlightening and game changing journey. Thank you very much Paul.
Mark on Mon May 18 2020
I am so lucky to have met Paul. His experience and knowledge of people and how to deal with my issues exceeded my expectations. He guided me through a difficult time. Therefore, I recommend him to anyone struggling with mental health. He is a treasure and I found gold when I found Paul Bridge. Thank you for everything.
Collette Pedder on Tue Apr 14 2020
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
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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 also deliver motivational training and workshops covering emotional intelligence, resilience, body language and ho'oponopono.