Paul Brown

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BSc Integrative Couns. (Hons), BSc (Hons.) Psychology, MBACP
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Norwich NR2 & NR10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I welcome you to a safe and confidential space with the understanding that you may need to explore some difficult feelings or experiences which are weighing you down at the moment.  Living your best life may seem beyond your reach because of anxiety, sadness, depression, self confidence or relationship problems.  Together we may be be able to harness your own inner resources and to help you to discover more of what makes life worthwhile and enjoyable.

I work with couples as well as individuals who are seeking a more fulfilling life and to understand themselves as well as others better.  Only in relationship can we be truly ourselves and reach our full potentials.  The authentic, compassionate relationship I offer in therapy may well be the springboard to more healthy relationships with others.

All are welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ, or disability, or whether you feel that you fit in with societal expectations or not.  My approach is also gender and sexuality diversity affirmative.

You may be feeling sadness or experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, or just feeling overwhelmed by life and in need of someone to guide and support you in the growth that you need right now.

Within a safe and supportive space, I can help you to build your resilience, confidence and sense of calm, putting you back in the driving seat of your own life.

Specialising in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self esteem, shame and trauma, as well as addictions and eating disorders, and offering an effective collaborative exploration of these while working towards overcoming them with understanding, awareness and sensitivity.

My approach to counselling is integrative and I am currently training in;

Embodied Somatic Psychotherapy

I am currently working towards a Certificate in Embodied Psychotherapy - due for completion in early 2024.

Past trauma and long held relational patterns are held in the body and consequently a purely 'talking therapy' approach may not be sufficient to get to release and begin to heal these.  By encouraging awareness of the body, movement and imagery in an attitude of curious enquiry it is possible to access and heal those deep patterns which may be resistant to simply talking things over.  The work of Peter Levine, Gabor Mate, Bessel Van Der Kolk and others describe how "The Body Keeps The Score" (Van Der Kolk).

Internal Family Systems; This is a highly effective evidence based therapy which aims to work with your internal parts; such as a critical voice, a part which may be demanding or a part which wants to drink, etc.

Everybody has these parts and the IFS approach is completely non-judgemental and non-pathologizing, aiming at acceptance and integration.

There are no bad parts and all of our internal parts have a positive intention which may be stuck in a past trauma or are using some coping mechanism to keep you safe.

By befriending these internal parts it is possible to begin to approach wholeness and to heal past wounds, and thereby becoming more fully yourself and more resilient.  This approach has well been very successful as described  described by Richard Schwartz in books such as 'No Bad Parts'.

My integrative approach is also informed by;

* Transpersonal psychology

* Gestalt therapy

* Meditation and Awareness

* Neuroscience

* Promoting mindful awareness and bringing internal resources to the aid of healing and growth.

My approach to counselling is relational so that healing takes place within the therapeutic relationship as well as through effective strategies which address whatever is holding you back in your life.

By rediscovering your own innate strengths within a relationship of acceptance and with the appropriate psychotherapeutic tools you can begin to overcome whatever is holding you back right now.

Sessions are for a full 60 minutes and I offer a sliding scale of fees.  I now also offer 6 session for 'whatever you can afford to pay' due to the cost of living crisis.  You can call for an informal chat on 07882157792 or email me here, to discuss how to move forward. 

I was trained in integrative counselling which means that my approach is flexible enough to encompass many different theoretical perspectives, and to tackle whatever is troubling you, whether it is relationship, depression, past traumas, panic or phobias, etc.

When appropriate I may encourage mindfulness or imagination in order to promote your own inner resources during sessions.

I work with attention to mind, body and soul in relation to your own personal reasons for seeking counselling.

I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and maintain and uphold the principles of the BACP Ethical Framework.

  • Offering effective ways to deal with stress, depression and anxiety, as well as generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
  • Helping to overcome post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sensitively without the necessity of going over and over traumatic experiences
  • Facing up to low self esteem, self criticism and shame with understanding and self compassion
  • Exploring past and present relationship issues and betrayal in order to feel more secure and valued
  • Building resilience and feeling more able to cope with the setbacks and the ups and downs of life
  • Travelling with you on your journey through bereavement and loss
  • Coping with feelings concerning despair, self harm and suicidal thoughts

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Integrative Counselling training with Matrix College
  • BSc (Honours) Integrative Counselling
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology
  • CPD: ongoing training in internal family systems and embodied psychotherapy.
  • Seven years experience
  • Registered member of BACP

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

£40.00 - £55.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

My fees are £55 for a 60 minute session with this being negotiable according to affordability.

Concessions will be considered for those on low incomes as well as students, etc.

I now also offer 6 sessions for 'whatever you according to can afford to pay' due to the cost of living crisis.  Any additional sessions would be for my usual fee as above.

Payment usually by bank transfer but cash also accepted.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Saturday Various times of day

Further information

I usually work in Norwich on Thursday's and Friday's and in Reepham Monday to Wednesday.

Norwich, Norfolk, NR2

Bircham Centre, Market Place, Reepham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 4JJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Working towards being wheelchair accessible.

Online platforms

Skype
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