Hello, I am Paul Donnelly, a Counsellor, Life Coach and NLP practitioner with over 25 years experience of working in the therapeutic field. I am interested in the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of individuals especially those who struggle to manage their daily life activities or achieve their desires, dreams or potential due to life experiences.
Type of Practice and Client Group
I have a private practice and see individuals, couples and young people mainly weekday evenings (although limited availability for early weekday morning and Saturday). I am able to offer both short term therapy (6 sessions or less) which is about working with a clearly defined focus and longer term therapy that allows for a more in depth exploration of issues and provides an opportunity to increase personal awareness and growth within a therapeutic relationship. A person can access the service by referring themselves or by being referred through an agency.
My therapeutic approach has evolved over the years as I have increased my theoretical knowledge and this has provided me with a more integrative approach to working with clients such as a humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural base. In simple terms it means for you to address your problem we find the best approach to enable you to have a good outcome. The aim is for you to raise your awareness of how you feel, think and act in order for you to have choices regarding your response to your issue.
My Experience of Problems Clients have presented with;
- Dealing with depression
- Experiencing low self esteem
- Rebuilding their lives after trauma especially childhood experiences
- Couples who experience conflict / betrayal
- Anger management
- Employment issues
- Domestic abuse
- Attachment difficulties
- Challenging personality styles of relating
- The impact of shame affecting their personality, identity and intimacy
- Coping with vicarious trauma
Method of Evaluating my Standard of Practice
I use the nationally recognised Core system to measure the effectiveness of my practice which allows both the client and myself to independently assess the problem and evaluate the result. I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics for my professional practice and receive supervision on regular basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the Criminal Justice for over 25 years, mainly in front line work. In mid 1990’s, I completed a Masters in Applied Drama. This allowed me to understand the impact of drama techniques in assisting people to make lasting changes in their lives.
I trained as a Lifecoach in 2005 and developed an interest in talking therapy. I later trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and discovered further techniques to assist people in bringing about change. I became interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy as a result of seeing how powerful a 'talking therapy' can be in bringing about a positive change in a person's life, particularly alongside the other training I had experienced.
Through my career I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt and more recently use of the good life model as a means of helping people bring about change. I have also completed training in Applied Drama and us drama techniques to help bring about change.
My counselling training focussed on Transactional Analysis – a modality which is very useful in understanding relationships and what drives us to behave as we do. As part of this training I completed play therapy work. I also have considerable experience working with people who have suffered trauma using a trauma model based approach. When working with people I will use these techniques in whatever way is appropriate to assist the people I am working with.
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Children and Adults)
- Diploma in Life coaching
- Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (Practitioner)
- BA Applied Social Studies
- Post Graduate Certificate Qualification in Social Work
- MA Applied Drama
- Experience of Working with Adults and Children
Working with Adults
I have had experience of working with adults since 1990. Many of the adults I have worked with have suffered mild to moderate mental health behavioural issues. I have worked with adults in a variety of settings including prisons. I have worked with people both on short term focused therapy and n longer term. I enjoy working with adults who have struggled with anxiety and depression and some how found the energy to address their issues, develop new skills resulting in a new lease and quality of life or a father who has not seen his children because of anger and after working on developing healthier skills now is deemed safe to have access to see his children.
Much of my work with adults in recent years has focused round Anger management issues, Domestic abuse and people displaying inappropriate behaviour. I have worked with both perpetrators and victims of these behaviours.
Working with Young People
I have had experience of working with young people in a wide variety of settings such as, Children’s homes and those living in families who are struggling for a variety of reasons. Many of the young people I have worked with have self harmed and often mention struggling to manage their emotions. They have disclosed the problems of being in care, living in a family where there was domestic abuse, victims of child sexual abuse, parents being an alcoholic and or drug addict, challenging personality styles, bereavement, depression, anxiety and huge levels of loss in their lives, bullying and anger.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are worked out on an individual basis and vary according to personal circumstances.
I am available weekdays early morning and after 5.00pm. I can can also be available Saturday morning on occasion
Having trained not only in counselling techniques but also in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Applied Drama techniques, I will use these skills to work with people in a creative therapeutic manner to assist people to develop an understanding of why they are where they are and bring about the change you want to make.