Dr Paul Hapney (Counselling Psychologist)
Being a Counselling Psychologist means that I have had high level specialist training (Professional Doctorate) for providing counselling. My main aim as a Counselling Psychologist is to assist people to work towards more fulfilling and less painful lives. I offer a reduced fee for an initial, trial consultation.
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 counselling psycholgist 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 seeing/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 with me will allow you to judge as to whether or not you feel that I can offer you these things. It is for this reason that I reduce the fee for the first 'trial' meeting. 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). I am also registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (reg. 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). 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Depending upon factors such as income, employment situation, and required frequency of meeting, my session rates range between £40 and £50. I am happy to offer an initial consultation at the reduced rate of £30. This will provide us with an opportunity meet and to think about your needs and how I may be able to help you.
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.
The easiest way to contact me initially is via email. 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 - let me know your name, number, and convenient times to call you. Please feel free to email/text me any further questions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Access to my private practice room involves one set of stairs. There is free residential street parking; I am easily accessible by bus; bicycles can be safely stored behind a locked gate whilst attending sessions.
I offer appointment slots on weekdays as well as on Saturday mornings.
Types of client
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