Paul Jacques - Integrative Psychotherapist (Reg. MBACP)
I can imagine for you, more than any other factor, when choosing a psychotherapist, it is the developing relationship acquired between yourself and your psychotherapist that will determine the effectiveness of your psychotherapy. The therapeutic relationship is thought to be supportive and exploratory and the cornerstone of all psychotherapy, even more so than the psychotherapist's theoretical orientation.
I work from home in a low key, private practice, offering the client a safe and confidential space for them to explore their current ways of relating and acknowledge the impact past relationships are having on their present ones.
In my experience, the client often arrives in therapy seeking relief from distress, often experiencing such emotions as sadness, grief, anger, frustration and loneliness. My role is to help the client make sense of these complex emotions.
Exploring how the client's distress may link to context and the history of their lives can potentially free them from essential coping strategies or dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaviour.
Behaviour that "...can be better understood as responses to trauma and adversity, and as ways of managing and surviving their pain and fear" that can only be made sense of in "...the whole jigsaw of a person's life" (Watson, 2019, p.9) that a diagnosis can often serve to shut this process down (2019).
The process of the client expressing themselves, being themselves and accepting themselves within therapy, may help them make sense of the way they interact with others. Seeing themselves from the 'outside and others from the inside' (Barley, 2018), allows the client to reconnect with life and enhance their future capacity to seek healthy relationships.
Barley, A. (2018) ‘Holding mind in mind’. Therapy Today, Vol.29, Issue 7
Watson, J (2019) 'Who needs a diagnosis?' Therapy Today, Vol.30, Issue 1
Training, qualifications & experience
As you will have gathered, there are many different styles of therapy out there. Some focus on relieving your symptoms, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), while others, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, delve into the client’s past to help them understand themselves and move forward.
I work with transference and relational language, which lays an emphasis on early childhood development and family dynamics and follow a change-based approach, incorporating experiential techniques, so the client can experience as well as talk about their upsetting thoughts, feelings and memories.
I adhere to a Professional Code of Practice and try to promote an environment in which diverse backgrounds and experiences are valued, treating all with respect and dignity.
I hold a Joint Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Media Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.
And reflect on my skills and learning needs, addressing the gaps with appropriate CPD activity. I recently attended a workshop in therapeutic communication with Adolescents.
I have fourteen years working in mental health. My experience can be split between short and long term therapy:
An example of short term therapy could be:
To address the barriers to a client's learning within an educational setting, created by a particular impairment, a range of issues were addressed, such as: coping with anxiety and stress situations, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, prioritising workload and creating a suitable work-life balance.
An example of long term therapy could be:
In an attempt to understand better what kept a client at a point in their lives, when the personal cost seemed so high, for instance, their sense of self seemed to be negative or fragmented, I used the technique of a 'letter' (Ryle & Kerr, 2006). I wrote a draft letter to the client based on the contents of the first few sessions of therapy. The client was asked to read it out loud during the following session.
There was a period of reflection and amendment, which shaped the client’s future therapy, for instance, we agreed what the targeted problems were, the unhelpful relational patterns and their past attempts at solving them.
We started to explore and develop an understanding of the various ways in which unhelpful relational patterns had manifested themselves, for instance, through self-neglect or overindulgence or in extreme cases self-harming. Afterwards, together, we went on to look at alternative ways of self-management and interacting with others.
Ryle, A. & Kerr, I.B. (2006). Introducing Cognitive Analytical Therapy. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Free face to face consultation
Fees- Individuals £45.00 per session (fifty minutes psychotherapy and 10 minutes preparing future groundwork).
"I have adopted the view that there is no single psycho-therapeutic approach that can treat each person in all situations. The client needs to be considered as a whole, therefore interventions must be tailored to suit their individual needs and circumstances."
As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, I can suggest ways to resolve problems and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behaviour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 9.30 – 19.00 Saturday Hours 10.00 -12.00
Types of client