Dr Paul Hapney

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Chartered Counselling Psychologist
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Bristol BS15 & Gloucester GL2
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About me

I am a Chartered Psychologist specialising in online therapy. I transferred to working online during lockdown, finding this to be an equally effective way of meeting when compared to face to face, with added convenience for my clients - who don't have to worry about travel time and costs. I have a high level specialist training (Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology) for providing counselling, and am a very experienced practitioner. 

I strive to work in flexible, client friendly ways. Meeting on a weekly basis or less frequently, I 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 work longer term with 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, their life does not feel right, something is missing, relationships are not fulfilling, or they find themselves engaging in habitual unhealthy behaviours. Meeting in a way that works for my clients, with time and commitment these harder to name difficulties can also be understood and overcome.

Outside of my private practice I have provided therapy in NHS settings for many years, including roles as Senior Psychology Practitioner and Specialist MBT Practitioner, offering individual and group psychotherapy to people experiencing complex emotional problems, including personality disorder.

My Style of Practice

I prioritise the gradual formation of an honest and open, trusting therapeutic relationship, from where I assist a person in their efforts to really understand what they are experiencing inside, beneath their observable behaviours. My aims are to help my clients to articulate just what it is that they are feeling (which feelings constitute 'bad' or 'awful'; clarify how they are understanding ('interpreting') events; to bring into focus limiting or defensive patterns of relating to, or being with, others, including those closest to them; and to eclarify the nature of their relationship to themselves. It is from this place of fuller understanding that change is then possible, should a person wish to engage in the difficult process of changing their lives. 

Counselling Psychology is based upon an approach that adopts a holistic attitude to people problems, seeing them as emerging from the many contexts of people's lives: these include ongoing close relationships, formative and developmental experiences, social/cultural background, issues of gender and sexuality, and neuroloigical endowment. The strength of being a psychologist in private practice is that it allows me to hold this broad understanding of the nature of people's 'problems in living,' whilst selecting my interventions to meet the needs of any particular client.

The breadth and length of my training enables me to draw upon differing psychological models to suit the character, problems, and needs of an individual client. This approach contrasts with both a standard counsellor or psychotherapy training wherein the practitioner normally focusses on one main model and also the 'treatment' medical model approach used in health care settings where patients are offered a single module of therapy (such as counselling or CBT).

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 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).

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 thousands of hours of practice since qualifying. I 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.

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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

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£45.00 - £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My standard fee is £55 per session. I offer a 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. One of my priorities as a practitioner is to make therapy readily accessible and affordable. Working online helps me to achieve this aim.

When I work

I offer sessions mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the week.

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 - let me know your name, number, and convenient times to call you. Please feel free to email/text me any further questions.

Shepherd Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2

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Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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Dr Paul Hapney
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