Paul Hurst BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip TA Practice, MBACP, MBPsS
Anxiety, stress, depression, substance addiction, relationship and family issues - there are enough hassles already with modern living without having to tackle any these as well. We will go to a doctor or dentist for specialist advice, so why not see a therapist if any of these issues or other challenges are making your life a misery?
In a world of increasing pressures and stress we can all at times find ourselves being squeezed out. Perhaps 'setting ourselves on fire to keep others warm' - giving away so much of our time, energy and love to meet the needs of others that there is little or even nothing left to care for ourselves. Issues from the past can surface when we are at our weakest and least able to handle them.
Counselling and psychotherapy / psychological therapy can help us cope with many of the strains of modern life, including:
* Relational Issues
* Anger Management
* Substance Use
* Age Related Issues
* Illness and Injury
What are the benefits?
If you are experiencing any of the problems above, or are suffering from dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction or purpose then please send an email or give me a call to find out how counselling and psychotherapy can help - whether coping with a problem you are facing now, or a past traumatic experience. If you are looking for someone to talk to, someone to listen to you then please read on.
I follow a Humanistic perspective both in my life and as a therapist - seeking to work with clients as equals in a non-judgemental way and believe that we have the potential to often achieve far more than we think possible. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
Rather than seeking to fit you into a standardised and rigid pigeon holes, or 'slap a label' on you, my aim is to respect you as an individual with your own strengths, challenges and opportunities. Counselling and psychotherapy provide different ways of addressing personal issues and at different levels, your wishes and decisions will be respected regarding how we work together.
Free initial consultation
Deciding to see a counsellor / therapist can feel like a big step. To help break the ice and let you find out if you think we can work together, I offer an initial free half-hour telephone consultation. You may also find it easier to talk over embarrassing issues first over the ‘phone, rather than face to face, and so we won’t be total strangers when we meet. Either way, you have nothing to lose in taking the next step in addressing the issues worrying you at present – ring, text or email now to book the next available session.
What is involved in counselling and psychotherapy?
I integrate different therapeutic perspectives and methods, with a focus on 'what does this person need at this time' rather than believing that one size does not fit all. The method I trained in (Transactional Analysis) fosters an 'I'm ok, you're ok' equal relationship between client and therapist, where we work together to help you achieve your goal. You are fully entitled - and welcome - to see any notes, and to talk through as much (or as little) theory as you want. Transactional Analysis makes a point of using plain English to be as accessible as possible.
We meet in a safe, private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty you are having, distress you may be experiencing or may be a dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction or purpose. You set the agenda, whether it be a problem you are facing now, or a traumatic experience in your past.
You can expect me to be attentive, respectful and non-judgemental, focused on you, honest and discreet. I also have full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance and appropriate third party insurance (details on web site.)
Any initial conversation by telephone or email is completely without obligation, please feel free to ask me about anything that concerns you, including my training, qualifications, experience or background - I won't be offended and am happy to answer any relevant question, or explain why if I'm unable to respond.
If you would like to know more about what is involved, click here.
How long will it take?
That depends on what you want to change. Sometimes a single session is all it takes to help someone resolve an issue that has been troubling them. A problem may be like a log jam - seemingly an unsolvable mess, but once the source of the blockage is located then it becomes possible to quickly find a solution. Research (citations available) suggests that the act of making contact with a therapist starts a chain of events and behaviours in motion that will help solve a difficulty.
Issues such as trauma in early life will probably involve long term work however, proceeding gently and sensitively. On average, clients usually find they can gain what they want after only a handful of sessions. I'm happy to be available for later meetings, even 'one-offs' if they are needed later. Rather like an osteopath or chiropractor, I'm happy to be a professional available for you to call on, as and when you need to.
Where can we meet?
Most clients choose to meet in my warm, welcoming, quiet and private garden office (between Brenchley and Horsmonden), you can also come to the Memorial Hall in Brenchley next to a café and with parking outside or a room in Paddock Wood, also with free parking outside and very near to the station if you would prefer. When working from home I pass on the savings from the cost of hiring an outside room - but do appreciate that the other venues may be more convenient for you.
To date, no client has had expressed any regrets about coming although some have said how they wished they could have resolved their issues earlier, talking about wasted years and lost opportunities.
As Woody Allen’s friend in Manhattan said to him about therapy,
“The worst thing that can happen is you can learn something about yourself.”
To find out more, and to arrange a free initial consultation, contact me so we can discuss working together - I can also offer details of colleagues who specialise in particular fields of work if they could be more suitable for you.
It’s good to talk.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a six year Open University honours degree in psychology, I gained a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy and have achieved membership of both the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
During my training, I worked as a volunteer counsellor for a hospice, and for substance use units in both Brighton and Hastings and took additional training in trauma.
I have also gained accreditation as a 'Non-Religious Pastoral Care Volunteer' through the British Humanist Association and the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health.
Currently working part time at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, I am also taking a Master's degree in pastoral support.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ageing and age-related issues
Photos & videos
Fees vary from £40 depending on solo or couple, day or evening/Sunday morning and location.
Please see my website for full details: http://www.paul-hurst.com/Therapy-fees.html
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Normal times: Mon. & Wed. 9.30, 11.00, 1.00pm, 2.30pm. 6.00pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm Thurs. 1.00pm. 2.30pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm.9.00pm Fri. 9.30, 11.00, 1.00pm, 2.30pm Sun, 9.30, 11.00
Types of client