Hello, my name is Paul,
It was through my previous work in both Physical Rehabilitation and Mental Health that I began to appreciate that it is often feelings, emotional adjustment and relationships that can be the most difficult areas for individuals to face. These can result in ongoing feelings including sadness, anxiety and depression. This lead me to retrain as a Counsellor to work with those that may be unhappy with their lives and wish to change.
I will offer you a safe, relaxed and non-judgemental space, within which I hope you will feel really 'heard', supported and accepted. My aim is to enable you to respect and listen to yourself so you can find your own strengths while developing your self belief and confidence. I believe that you will then feel more able to make the decisions that are right for you.
I am a qualified integrative humanist Counsellor and, as a result, use several models depending on your individual needs and preferences including Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Transactional Analysis. However, the approach that underpins my work is that of Person Centred Therapy with its core values of Acceptance, Empathy and Congruency, which always places the individual and their needs at the heart of the process.
My belief is that as you gain more insight into your 'self' you will feel more empowered and able to cope better with the challenges that life can present which may lead to us under estimating our own abilities and strengths.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a registered member of the BACP I ensure I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and, to assist in this, have regular supervision from an experienced supervisor. I hold professional indemnity insurance and undertake further training to update and develop my skills.
I work as a Counsellor for:
- Clarity, a Mental Health Charity.
- CRUSE, a charity focusing on bereavement.
- Currently Keylink supplying counselling to Keyworkers in our community.
I hold the following qualifications:
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP Accredited Course)
Levels 3 Counselling Studies Certificate
Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse – Ascentis accredited)
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
As I respect that finding a Counsellor that you will feel comfortable and confident with can be challenging we will usually have an opportunity to have a conversation over the phone prior to our first session when you can clarify any queries. I then charge a reduced rate of £20 for our initial session and £40 for subsequent sessions.
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer.
Making the first move towards counselling can be a big step in which I hope I can make you feel confident in taking. Indeed as Martin Luther King, Junior stated 'You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.'
Please do not hesitate to phone or email me and I will endeavour to get back in touch within 48 hours unless I am away in which case I will leave a message on my phone.