Dr Paul Hapney
I am a Chartered Psychologist specialising in providing online therapy. Attending sessions online is an extremely convenient way of accessing therapy that retains all of the benefits of traditional face to face therapy. 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 offer short term - normally weekly - 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, they do not feel right, or 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 multiple 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.
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 session will allow you to judge as to whether or not you feel that I can offer you these things. This initial meeting is full session in length and, given that its therapeutic focus is upon assisting you to deepen your self-understanding, I charge my normal session rate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a British Psychological Society accredited Chartered Psychologist (membership no. 234464 - which you can check at the BPS website) and a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Counselling Psychologist (no. PYL33170).
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). I also have knowledge and experience of delivering other exciting and effective psychological approaches, including mindfulness, mentalization based therapy (MBT), and group therapy. More recently, I have developed a strong interest in the evolutionary and neurological underpinnings of experiencing that modern scientific technologies is enabling.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
My standard fee is £50 per session. I offer a 10% concession to people on low income/unemployed. Sessions last up to an hour. If you have looked around at therapy options, you will be aware that accessing therapy can be very expensive - and, regrettably, is sometimes overpriced. One of my priorities as a practitioner is to make therapy more readily accessible and affordable. Working online helps me to achieve these aims.
I offer sessions mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the week via videoconferencing.
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.