Paul Gould BACP Accredited Counsellor. Also Couples Counselling. EMDR Therapist.

Paul Gould BACP Accredited Counsellor. Also Couples Counselling. EMDR Therapist.

Therapies @ About Backs & Bones
506 Duffield Road
DE22 2DL

Orchard Croft

01332 553332 / 07816 749312

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About me

Hello, my name is Paul.Due to the current situation that we are facing with Corona Virus I cannot offer face to face support. However I can offer telephone therapy, if you would like to chat about what to expect from telephone support you can contact me either by E-Mail or my mobile phone which is 07816 749312.

Are you looking for someone that can offer you counselling and support in a safe place, where we can work together and give you the opportunity to speak freely without fear of what others might think? When someone looks for a counsellor it is often because there is something happening in life they want to explore, find different ways of dealing with, or to enable them to make changes to improve their lives.

I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) I also offer couples counselling and the EMDR Modality. EMDR is a therapy used for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and also for high levels of anxiety as well as for Phobias. If you are unsure of any of the modalities that I offer, you can contact me and we can discuss your requirements and perhaps have an initial meeting where we can look at how we may work together. There is no commitment after this first session as to whether you want to continue.

The aim of counselling is to allow you the opportunity to explore your feelings in a setting that is safe, non-judgmental and confidential, working together towards re-discovering ways to enhance your life.

Listening is a fundamental part of counselling and psychotherapy, and I will actively listen, giving feedback from time to time, guiding you to explore the problem you bring, allowing you to come to a new understanding of what is happening to you and why. There will be no rush, you can go at your own pace.

Most of us carry things from the past that stop us being the person we were meant to be today; life can be tough, and can feel overwhelming and difficult to deal with on your own.

I am always open to discussing issues around faith, religion and spirituality as part of the counselling process.

I would feel privileged to assist you on your journey to find the real you.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to it's ethical framework.

Sessions are 1 hour and usually once a week. I offer short and long term counselling.

Reduced fees for students requiring counselling as part of their ongoing training requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualified to Level 5 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling. Person-centred / Client centred Counselling.

Please take a look at the person centred counselling approach at the end of this profile.

Trained for 5 years in Counselling skills theory and practice.

Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Care.

CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Creative Therapeutic Interventions.

Training in Couples and Relationship counselling.

Cruse Bereavement Certificate in Supervision.

Cruse Bereavement Certificate in Group work Facilitation.

Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner.

EMDR Therapist ( Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. See information on EMDR at the end of this profile.

I am a qualified Counsellor and Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This ensures that I work to the standards and ethics required as an independent practitioner.

As well as my private practice I work within the NHS IAPS programme, and also in the voluntary sector, working with bereavement one to one support.

I also take part in group work facilitation in the Bereavement sector with both Cruse Bereavement and Talking Mental Health Derbyshire.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Major Life Changes
Separation and Divorce
Relationship issues / Past or Present
Past experiences
Low self-Esteem
Lacking confidence
Exploring who you really are

Also: loneliness, life transitions (such as career change, moving house/area, empty nest, new parenthood), work issues, low mood, bullying, loss, bereavement, spiritual exploration and personal development.

Please take a look at the person centred counselling approach at the end of this profile.


Appointment times and costs per session.

Individual clients: £50 per session. One hour.

Couples counselling £60.00 per session. One hour.

EMDR Therapy.  Session 60 Minutes  £50.   Session 90 minutes £75.

Reduced fees for students requiring counselling as part of their ongoing training requirements.

Concessions may be available for individuals on low income or benefits.

Daytime and evening appointments are available Monday - Friday.

Weekend appointments are available in some circumstances if required.

Further information

Person-Centred Counselling (also known as “Client-Centred” or Rogerian” counselling)

This approach to counselling and psychotherapy sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. But this is inevitably blocked or distorted by our life experiences, in particular those who tell us we are only loved or valued if we behave in certain ways and not others, or have certain feelings and not others. As a result, because we have a deep need to feel valued, we tend to distort or deny to our awareness those of our inner experiences that we believe will not be acceptable.

The counsellor or psychotherapist in this approach aims to provide an environment in which the client does not feel under threat or judgement. This enables the client to experience and accept more of who they are as a person, and reconnect with their own values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.

The counsellor or psychotherapist works to understand the client's experience from the client's point of view, and to positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine as another human being. These attitudes of the therapist towards the client will only be helpful if the client experiences them as real within the relationship, and so the nature of the relationship that the counsellor and client create between themselves is crucial for the success of therapy.

EMDR Therapy.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I am a qualified EMDR therapist. This is a treatment approved by both NICE and the World Health Organisation. It is a way of processing traumatic or disturbing memories using rapid eye movements (similar to those we experience in deep sleep). In trauma an experience may not be processed by the brain so that it can feel like it is happening now. Using EMDR the memory is not lost but is processed so that the current distress is reduced. It is not a form of hypnotism. You are conscious and in control at all times. You are not required to go into detail about what happened in order to process the memory. More information is available on the website of the EMDR UK & Ireland association of which I am a member, see link below:

Maps & Directions

Allestree, DE22 2DL
Matlock, DE4 2AF

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Monday to Friday 9-30 am until 8-00 pm. Saturday 9-30 am until 4-00 pm

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

Supervision available