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Corona Virus Update:

The ongoing situation with Covid-19, being locked down, a lack of social contact, not having things to look forward to and the uncertainty of how long this will all  last can affect mental health deeply, creating anxiety, depression, loneliness, feeling isolated and leave people needing to reach out for help.

I am currently offering online Skype and Zoom sessions and I am highly experienced with telephone work, which means you can still access counselling while we're locked down. I am also open to discussing sliding scale fees should this be necessary.

What is counselling?

Counselling is time for you to examine your life in a space that is safe, confidential and free from judgement. While I can’t tell you what you should or shouldn’t do – after all the expert on you, is you – I can come with you as you explore your life, help you make sense of it and help you to navigate through the choices you have.

I believe that every person has their own unique story. What happens in our lives as our story unfolds shapes who we are, how we see and experience the world and how we feel about it and fit within it. Counselling can help people discover who they are, learn about their relationships, understand past events, help them get a deeper understanding of themselves, who they are and learn new ways to live their lives. Counselling can help people change from feeling that their story is being written for them and learn how to start writing it for themselves.

Why do people come for counselling?

People come for counselling for many reasons. Some may be struggling with depression or anxiety and want to talk to try to discover ways within themselves to cope. Others can have experienced distressing or traumatic things in their past that affect who they are and how they feel today, and who want to find a way for things to change. Their could have been a loss or bereavement, a relationship or friendship may have ended, there could be problems within the family, work life may be stressful and affecting you at home. Some may perhaps feel stuck, not sure who they are or where to go in their lives and be struggling to find meaning.  Whatever the reason for coming to counselling, it's a safe time and space for you to be in the world.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton.

I work with people both long and short-term, exploring all areas of their lives and have extensive experience of helping people struggling with depression, anxiety, particularly with ADHD, addiction, low self-esteem and working with our Inner Critic.  I also work with childhood abuse, trauma, loss and bereavement.  I also specialise in working with artists, musicians and people who identify with alternative subcultures.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

Above all else, the single most important part of counselling is the relationship between you and your therapist. Research shows that the strength and quality of the counselling relationship affects how positive and successful outcomes are. This is why I offer a free thirty minute first session where we can use the time to see if I’m the right counsellor for you.

As well as working with people face-to-face I also offer telephone and Skype/online counselling. Please contact me for more information if this interests you.

A standard 50 minute session is £40.
£30 for students and trainee counsellors.
Payment can be made in cash or by bank transfer/direct debit.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Counselling can help people discover who they are and what to do in their lives. While the reasons for going to counselling are as varied as the people who come, whatever it may be is always important because after all, your life is your story.

Brighton
East Sussex
BN2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Availability

While we're locked down I'm offering online sessions or phone counselling to allow you access from home. Contact me for availability and to arrange an introductory session with me.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Paul Goodall - MBACP Registered, PG Dip, BA Hons

Paul Goodall - MBACP Registered, PG Dip, BA Hons