Paul Gould

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BACP Accredited Counsellor. Also Couples Counselling. EMDR Therapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Allestree DE22 & Matlock DE4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Due to the current situation that we are facing with COVID-19 I am now able to offer telephone or online therapy using Zoom in addition to face to face support. If you would like to chat about what to expect from telephone or online support you can contact me either via email or my mobile phone.

Please be assured that additional safety measures have been put in place for clients that would like to receive support in person in line with current guidelines.

Do you have moments when you are feeling really low or when you can't stop feeling anxious, or your unhappiness is overwhelming. Could your past be affecting how you are coping with life today.

Taking the first  steps to seek out a counsellor can be a fearful time and we as therapists will not be the correct match for every individual. My aim would be to 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, this maybe: low self-worth, lacking in confidence, generally feeling of unhappiness, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, or other mental health concerns. We can work together at your own pace to address whatever it is you bring to our sessions.

Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages, with a range of personal issues. Many people find it an appealing type of therapy because it allows them to keep control over the content and pace of sessions, and there is no worry that they are being evaluated or assessed in any way.

The non-direct style of person-centred counselling is thought to be more beneficial to those who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, and for those who want to address specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking.

The approach is effective in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and grief, or other mental health concerns. These issues can have significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness, and person-centred therapy can help people to reconnect with their inner self in order to transcend any limitations.

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.

Certificate 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.

From 2014 until 2019 I worked with clients within the NHS IAP'S  programme. This included working with EMDR clients and also high intensity counselling work.

As well as my private practice with counselling and EMDR work I also work in the voluntary sector, working with bereavement one to one support and also group work facilitation, this enables bereaved clients to come together as a group and benefit from the collective support that a group can experience.

I have also worked since 2012 as a supervisor within the Cruse Bereavement organisation, this entails working collaboratively with Cruse volunteers and meeting them on a regular basis to ensure that all work is carried out to the ethical standards that both the BACP and Cruse UK adhere to.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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 struggling with faith. Personal development.

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


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Appointment times and costs per session.

Individual clients: £60 per session. One hour.

Couples counselling £75.00 per session. One hour.

Supervision £60 one hour --  £ 85  for 90 minutes

EMDR Therapy.  Session 60 Minutes  £60.   Session 90 minutes £85.

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.

When I work

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

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 re-connection 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:

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

Orchard Croft, Bonsall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2AF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


In person

Supervision I am a qualified supervisor and have had eight years working with supervisee’s within the Cruse Bereavement care organisation.

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