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Dr Paul Hapney (CPsychol)

Bristol BS15 & BS5
07503 640053 07503 640053 Registered / Accredited

About me

Being a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) means that I have had high level specialist training (Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology) for providing counselling. My main aim as a therapist is to assist people to work towards more fulfilling and less painful lives.

I can offer short term counselling to people experiencing temporary emotional distress such as can be triggered by life upheaval and change, relationship problems, or losses of various kinds. I also offer longer term psychotherapy to people suffering with chronic problems such as being affected by persistent stress, anxiety, or anger, recurrent bouts of depression, debilitating low self esteem, or repeated relationship problems.

Sometimes people do not know what type of problem they have - only that something is wrong, or they do not feel right, their life does not feel right, something is missing, relationships are not fulfilling, or they find themselves engaging in habitual unhealthy behaviours. With time and commitment these harder to name difficulties can also be understood and worked through.

Outside of my private practice I have provided therapy in NHS settings since 2010. I worked for many years as a Senior Psychology Practitioner and since 2018 took on the role of Specialist MBT Practitioner offering individual and group therapy to people with complex emotional problems, including personality disorder.

My Style of Practice

Counselling Psychology is based upon an approach that adopts a holistic attitude to people problems, seeing them as emerging from the multple contexts of people's lives - such as their close relationships, family history, and cultural background.

The strength of being a psychologist in private practice is that it allows me to hold this broad view of people and their problems, whilst individually tailoring my work to any specific client. This is because the breadth and length of my training enables me to draw upon differing psychological models in line with the particular character, problems, and needs of any individual client. This approach contrasts with both a standard counsellor or psychotherapy training wherein the practitioner focusses on one main model, and also the 'treatment' approach used in health care settings where patients are offered a single module of therapy (such as counselling or CBT).

I prioritise the formation of a very safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. From this place of trust, my aim is to facilitate a person's efforts to fully process and really understand what they are experiencing. This means to help them discover how they are really feeling, deep down; to clarify how they are experiencing or understanding events as well as themselves; and to bring into focus limiting patterns of relating to, or being with, others. From this place of fuller understanding, I am then able to support a person's efforts to try out ways of coping with or overcoming the sources of their pain, as well as options for discovering greater fulfilment in life.

Getting Started

I believe that for therapy to be effective you need to feel:

  • confident that you can (with time) develop high levels of trust in your therapist
  • that your therapist has the ability to understand you at depth
  • that your therapist can offer you a type of therapy that makes sense to you.

Booking up an initial consultation with me will allow you to judge as to whether or not you feel that I can offer you these things. An initial consultation will also provide us with the opportunity to do the following:

  • to get a joint understanding of your difficulties
  • to think about suitable aims for your therapy
  • for us think about a likely length of commitment for the duration of your therapy as well as to decide upon the frequency of meetings (bearing in mind the nature of your difficulties, your aims, and the expense involved).


Training, qualifications & experience

I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (membership no. 234464 - which you can check at the BPS website).

My core training in Counselling Psychology over the course of five years involved the gaining of a minimum of 450 hours of supervised, clinical practice whilst using specific models of therapy. (To put this in perspective, a typical counselling training spans two years and requires a minimum of 100-120 hours of clinical practice.) I have accrued many many more hours of practice since qualifying. On top of this, I also attend continuing professional development training courses, regularly read relevant literature, and ongoingly aim to enhance my knowledge and skills for providing the best quality therapy.

I have a lot of experience of working with the three most common and researched models of therapy - humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Through participating in ongoing professional training, I also have knowledge and experience of delivering other exciting and effective psychological approaches, including mindfulness, mentalization based therapy (MBT), and group therapy.

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

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My standard session rate is £50 per 55 minute session. I can offer a small concession to those who are unemployed or on low income

If you have looked around at therapy options, you will be aware that accessing therapy can be very expensive - and, regrettably, sometimes overpriced. One of my priorities as a practitioner is to make therapy more readily accessible - and so affordable. Running a private practice from home is one way that I keep my fees down. I have a private and quiet, pleasant room set aside specifically for my clinical practice.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Further information

The easiest way to contact me initially is via email (the messaging service on this website). Alternatively, you can also call/text me on my mobile. You will likely need to leave a message as I keep my phone on silent when I am working with clients - let me know your name, number, and convenient times to call you. Please feel free to email/text me any further questions.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Access to my private practice room involves one set of stairs. There is free residential street parking; I am easily accessible by bus.


I offer appointment slots on weekdays/eves. My availability changes often, so please contact me for current availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Dr Paul Hapney (CPsychol)

Dr Paul Hapney (CPsychol)