Paul Daniel MBACP (Accredited)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor with 15 years' experience of helping adults from all kinds of backgrounds with a range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, low confidence and self-esteem, relationship problems, life crises such as redundancy or divorce and more.
I offer face-to-face counselling for individuals and work within the BACP's ethical framework.
My original training was in the psychodynamic approach which proposes that many of the difficulties we experience in our lives have our roots in the past, especially childhood, and we unconsciously repeat unhelpful and unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaviour. Having taught on Higher Education counselling courses I have integrated elements of other approaches - especially person centred which suggests that all human beings have within them the potential for healthy growth but that this potential is often thwarted due to the sometimes unhelpful conditions placed upon us by others in our world.
I have also learned how fundamentally our relationships affect our mental health. This means relationships in the broader sense - with others, with society, with nature, with our bodies and with ourselves.
I aim to listen and respond from a place of hope and unconditional acceptance. I will not tell you what to do or offer advice but try to help you find your own solutions as, deep down, I believe that you are the expert in your own life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma In Psychodynamic Counselling (2007)
Volunteer counsellor with the Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2004-2010)
Volunteer counsellor with Carers Gloucestershire (2015 - 2018)
Counsellor in private practice (2010 - today)
Understanding Substance Misuse (Level 2) (2009)
Responding To Substance Misuse (Level 3) (2010)
Diploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Level 5) (2013)
Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) (2013)
Counselling Lecturer in Higher and Further Education (2008 - today) and Counselling Curriculum Leader (2014 - today)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Weekly sessions of 50 minutes £45