Paul Dorkin MA. Dip.Couns. MBACP
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In the current crisis many aspects of our mental health can be challenging. Adjusting to living with less freedom and perhaps greater stress is difficult, whether we are isolated with family or alone, or working to ensure that essential services continue whilst trying to remain healthy ourselves and caring for our loved ones. Anxiety, depression, fear, loss and grief may feel like constant overwhelming companions, yet they can be held and resolved through therapy. I am currently offering a reduced rate to make my online services more accessible during this epidemic. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and for more details of my model of therapy please continue reading.
I offer kind, professional integrative therapy based upon our relationship and respecting your unique value. People seek psychotherapy for many profound reasons, and it takes courage to meet the issues that are causing suffering or challenging you to heal and develop. Therapy happens in a warm, confidential and compassionate space so that as far as possible you feel secure, encouraged and confident to address your challenges. Your sense of what you feel confident to address is key as you are the expert on your own experience.
I value each professional therapeutic relationship as a meaningful encounter where both you and I learn and evolve. I work to help you to access your own inner ability to heal, to positively meet the present and the past, to challenge destructive behaviours, develop self care and to live more fully.
As an Integrative therapist I use a range of techniques from different theoretical approaches, depending on which technique is most appropriate. I offer 1:1 therapy for adults facing a wide range of issues including: attachment, inter-generational trauma, bereavement, depression, anxiety, ill health, work stress, sexuality, gender, self-identity, finding meaning and spirituality.
I'm also interested in the practice of Buddhist Psychotherapy and Reflective Integration Therapy [RIT] (specifically designed for those diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome).
As such I offer a specialized ASC counselling service based upon the principles of RIT, encouraging a contemplative response to engaging with such things as complex trauma, sensory hypersensitivities, managing change and tapping into your own creative energy to meet the demands of each day.
An effective therapeutic relationship is one of mutual trust and at times difficult, at times joyful exploration; so it's important to find the right therapist. You have taken the first step, I would like to encourage you to explore several profiles and please feel free to contact me for further information or to book an appointment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
(if you are unable to contact me on first trying please leave a message, letting me know your name and contact details and whether it is ok for me to call you or leave a message. I am often unable to answer the phone immediately due to being in session but I will be in touch as soon as possible).
3 forms of therapy:
Individual integrative therapy for adults (short or long term with six weekly review)
Individual ASC specialist therapy for neuro-diverse adults on the Autistic Spectrum,(particularly for those diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome / High Functioning Autism)
Individual Student therapy for those studying to be counsellors engaging in therapy as part of their continuing professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my private practice, I work in Higher Education as a Disability Adviser and have extensive experience as a Higher Education Specialist Autism Mentor. I also have several years experience of working in a local not for profit therapeutic counselling service.
I participate in ongoing continuing professional development training. Recently including for example: working with suicidal clients, trauma, working with depression and anxiety, mindfulness practice, neuro-diversity, gender and identity, diagnosis/assessment and support of women on the autistic spectrum, Autism and empathy, and transactional analysis..
Dip Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
MA. RS. (special areas of research include states of human consciousness, Jungian Psychodynamic practice, Buddhist interpretations of existence, existentialism)
BA. 1st Class Hons.
Dip. Th. & SS.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Selfhood and identity
Gender fluidity, binary and non binary.
£40 for a 50 minute session (in response to the current covid 19 crisis I am happy to offer a sliding scale fee, please contact me to discuss this).