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Paul Bridge MA Counselling (accredited), Dip PTSD, Cert Supervision. MBACP

Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0AH 07720 841002 07720 841002
Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0AH
07720 841002 07720 841002

About me

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 paul@ufirsttherapy.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 :-)

Testimonials

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 was first introduced to Paul through a friend and he has literally helped change my life. I would recommend Paul and his therapy to anyone who is struggling. He is welcoming, easy going and with a good sense of humour which you don’t often get with other therapists. On my first session I was straight away put at ease and from then on, I would always look forward to my sessions with Paul. Thank you for everything. 1000% recommend
Justine on Sat Apr 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.
Collette Pedder on Tue Apr 14 2020

Without a doubt I would not be where I am today without Paul’s incredible help. Not one for small talk, he has ways of guiding and making me see things completely differently. He’s also incredibly lovely and genuinely caring.
Katy Sarsfield on Tue Mar 3 2020

I cannot explain it, I have been sufferring for years. Paul's treatment has opened my mind literally. I can finally deal wirh my trauma. I intend to continue to see Paul even though I have drawn the emotions out and dealt with thier effect. IEMT works I can reccomend it fully.
Colin on Sun Dec 15 2019

Not one for small talk......
Mind blowing - life is exciting
And being fully aware enhances every experience
I now feel i have the tools to take on any challenge
The only limit is the one i set
I believe I can fly!
Paul - you're 1 in 2.9% of the population
I.N.T.J.
Thank you
12.10.19
Darran on Sat Oct 12 2019

Amazing results from a highly experienced person who is receptive to the client and makes you feel better from the first session. Cannot recommend enough. Will be forever grateful.
Alex on Wed Oct 2 2019

I  can't recommend Paul highly enough. I like how he is immensely practical and helps you work towards a solution. For me IEMT was a revelation - helped me deal with some really difficult childhood memories that were affecting my relationship with my mother. Thanks to the IEMT I am no longer anxious and fearful of the future. I would not have believed that IEMT works, but I can now state categorically that it does!
Cathy on Wed Oct 2 2019

First of all, I want to say a massive thank you to you Paul - you have changed the way I think and feel; everything is so much more positive. Paul is amazing at what he does. I have had countless therapists and none have done what Paul has managed to do with me. I feel like I have finally found myself.
Maddy Swan on Mon Sep 16 2019

Walking into Paul's office for the first time was the most nerve wracking experience I can remember, my anxiety was so bad that running away seemed like a much better option but I didn't and I'm so glad that I didn't. From the first session I felt a huge change within me and that change became noticeable to others quite soon afterwards. In a matter of weeks my life moved from feeling like I was lost and empty with zero self worth to being in a great relationship and to building a life that is centred around being happy and for that I can neither thank Paul enough nor recommend his therapy highly enough.
Geoff McDermott on Sun Jul 7 2019

Can’t recommend Paul enough, I had suffered significantly for around three years with complex PTSD. I had my first session in March this year and after years of suffering I didn’t think I could ever be where I am now now in such a short space of time. Fully recommend this therapy as really helps you deal with the trauma rather than just ways of coping like other forms.
Paul has helped me gain back confidence, self esteem and deal with the trauma in which I no longer experience triggers. In 3 months I have gone from being out of work, no confidence, self esteem and being on two forms of medication. To now being confident, happy, back in work and achieving things I never thought I could including being off medication after being on it for around 3 years.
Paul is friendly, welcoming and brilliant at what he does, 100% recommend.
Sinead on Fri Jul 5 2019

My husband and I saw Paul to deal with an issue that was affecting our otherwise great, long marriage. We both felt very comfortable and relaxed with him and he allowed us to see the issue from both sides. Eye Movement Therapy is amazing and so effective! I would whole heartedly recommend Paul and we will remain ever grateful to him.
Linda on Sat Jul 6 2019

I would highly recommend Paul to anyone going through a tough time, without Paul I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I’m so very grateful he has supported me when I really needed someone. He really has made me realise my self worth and made me realise who I really am. I now can be the best version of myself and I believe everyone needs a Paul in their life!
Charlotte on Fri Jul 5 2019

I would like to highly recommended Paul and the IEMT Eye movement
therapy Treatment Paul gives, I was struggling with PTSD, depression and anxiety, Paul has really made a big difference to my life, I feel like I am getting the old me back again.
I cant explain how it works, but it does.
Paul is excellent and explains everything to you as he completes the treatment.
I would 100% recommend Paul.
Barry Bishop on Tue Jul 16 2019

After meeting Paul recently through my new partner, I can't recommend him enough. After almost 4 and half years of living with a traumatic situation, fitful sleep, not ever wanting to be in a relationship again, lacking confidence in certain situations, the memory of my experience has been erased. Paul made me feel at ease and I was able to talk openly with him due to his calming and patient way. Thank you Paul and I will always be grateful for what you have done for me. 100% recommendation
Karen on Tue Jul 16 2019

I didnt think that therapy was for me at all, but having sessions with Paul has been a blessing. He helped me with my ptsd amazingly quickly and is now helping me work through some deep issues that have prevented me being myself for a long time. Im so grateful to him and would recommend him to anyone that is struggling.
Kelly on Fri Aug 2 2019

When I went to see Paul I didn't have any hopes for therapy left. I have been told by past therapist that I could never get better Paul was the only person who would take me in and I'm so glad he did! I was told because of my complex problems the only place I would ever get help that I need would be hospital. I'm a or sorry I was a high functioning depressed person so this was never an option for me. I wanted to get better and live life as with my ptsd and bdp I couldn't! Paul totally changed that for me he's amazing. I've been to see other ppl private and on the NHS so when I saw Paul for the first time I assumed he would be like the rest I had no hope but after the 1st session I knew we was working towards something! He didn't just help me through things he taught me to be a better person! I went from being a depressed self harmer to being someone who understands myself good and bad I know who I am now and I'm comfortable with it I'm happy for the 1st time. I've not seen Paul for a couple of months but he helped me find me and I'll never forget that he's amazing at what he dose I'm finally off my antidepressants 1st time since I was 12 �� I know amazing I recommend Paul to everyone I know. Also when I left and I genuinely didn't think that would be the time but I I went to session and realised we had worked through everything I didn't need help! Paul knows when your good but never asks to leave until your ready. I've had therapy before and it's just been ended it made me more depressed because I wasn't ready. Paul dose amazing work im off my antidepressants I'm fixed I'm happy for the 1st time and that's thanks to Paul! I miss our sessions Paul is a really down to earth person who makes u feel comfortable immediately something I was worried about as other ppl I've seen made me feel so uncomfortable I pretend to be better just to get out of the place with Paul it was more like chatting to a friend over coffee. I highly recommend Paul I have complex problems or had and he was the only therapist who said he could and actually did help me! He's awesome I'm so glad I found him and the best thing is if I ever need to I can always go back to see him. If you need help please see Paul he WILL HELP YOU I have no doubs about that I'm happier than I've ever been I feel like he put me back together ����
Karen on Sun Aug 18 20197

I cannot recommend Paul highly enough. Integral Eye Movement Therapy is extremely effective when being delivered by Paul due to his perceptiveness and calm. Thank you so much.
James on Sun Sep 29 2019

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:
https://integraleyemovementtherapy.com/

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Motivation, worklessness, learning styles, emotional intelligence and resilience.

No problem is too small:

Feeling sad

Generalised anxiety disorder

Guilt

Shame

Panic disorder

Managing anger

Problems at work

Affairs and betrayal

Identity issues

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

I charge £50 per session.

All telephone counselling sessions will require payment in advance via paypal or bank transfer.

Further information

I also deliver motivational training and workshops covering emotional intelligence, resilience, body language and ho'oponopono.

Winter House
Lee Street
Bacup
Rossendale
Lancashire
OL13 0AH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Taking telephone clients that are isolating or quarantined.

Availability

I work weekends, weekdays and evenings. I am currently taking on telephone clients and those suffering anxiety due to Covid-19.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I am a qualified supervisor having been trained at the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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