Paul Duffy (MSc, PG Dip Couns, MBACP, BSc)
Why come to counselling?
Most people find themselves in dark or confusing places at times throughout their lives, questioning who they are, wrestling with difficult questions, trauma, illness, addiction or bereavement. Sometimes people don't have anyone to share these challenges with or can't share them with those close to them. Despite proverbs about sharing problems, as a society we don't really encourage people to open up. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do this. I hope to offer a space in which you can feel safe and respected while you explore these challenges and move towards improved mental well being.
How do I work?
I will try to work with you in a way that you want. Primarily I work within the person centred philosophy. Behind the jargon that means in sessions I will strive to create a relationship with you based on understanding, acceptance and honesty. It is through this sort of relationship I hope to help you feel safe enough to truly explore your experiences.
I am unlikely to tell you what to do, we get enough of that in life. You are the expert on yourself I will not try to tell you how to think, feel or act. I believe that if supported the right way you have the capacity to identify and make the changes you want.
- I believe that everyone has value.
- I believe that everyone has the right and ability to make their own choices even when sometimes you cannot see that, it is really hard or you need some help to do it.
- I believe that everyone needs help at some point in their lives but sometimes asking for it is the hardest part.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP registered member
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) (Liverpool John Moores University)
Level 4 award in Counselling Concepts and Skill Development (University of Chester)
MSc Drug Use and Addiction (Distinction) (Liverpool John Moores University)
BSc Hons Psychology (University of York)
British Infertility Counselling Association Foundation Course
Level 3 Certificate in Understanding and Working with Child Loss and
Bereavement in Counselling and Helping Relationships
My experience in counselling has been in student counselling services, all age community counselling services and private practice.
I have particular interests in addiction, trauma, fertility issues, identity and how people of different genders access support. Actually though I am just interested in working with people.
Often the obvious thing is not the most important thing that people end up bringing to counselling.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with