Paul Lewis Dip. Integrative Counselling BACP Registered
As an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, I offer more than one approach to counselling working mainly from a Person-Centred perspective. I see every person as the expert of their own lives with the ability to develop a strong and healthy sense of self-worth. To help us work in the present, whilst respecting the past and any unresolved difficulties, I use the Gestalt model, and as a helpful way to understand our personalities I often refer to transactional Analysis. However, most importantly, I offer you empathy, honesty, acceptance and respect and the space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Based in Bristol I work from two locations and will offer you a choice depending on availability. I work with adults who are 18+ years old on a one-to-one basis and each session is 50 minutes long. I offer a free Introductory Session which gives us an opportunity to meet and for you to ask any questions. We can explore what you are seeking from Counselling, including any expectations you have and I will explain how I work and look at how we might move forward.
If we decide we would like to work together, we can then arrange a regular time to meet each week. I offer open-ended counselling because I think each person grows and develops at their own pace, and it is your decision when you choose to end.
With the use of ongoing Supervision I am committed to providing you with a quality and up-to-date service. Whilst abiding by the ethical principles laid out by the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) my role is to assist you in negotiating and overcoming obstacles towards discovering your innate sense of wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
With over 5 years of professional training and having worked in various fields covering alcohol and addiction issues, depression and anxiety, and sexual health and identity issues, I recognise the importance of considering each client as a unique individual. I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way and accept that we are all fundamentally worthy.
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at Wealden Psychology Institute
Level 2 and 3 NCFE Counselling Skills at Brighton City College
Hypnotherapy Diploma at Chrysalis
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Introductory Session - Free
Ongoing Sessions - £40
Reduced Rate Sessions - £25
(I offer a limited amount of Reduced Rate Sessions based on availability and circumstance)
Counselling is an opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. Many people choose to have counselling because they are experiencing some kind of difficulty, distress or dissatisfaction in their lives and find it easier to talk to someone who is independent of family and friends.
You may want to change the way you think or behave towards an issue, or you might choose to look more deeply at past experiences, which although can sometimes be painful, can help make sense of what you are going through. I will offer you understanding and some gentle challenge to help you gain clarity about where you are, where you want to get to and how to move ahead.
Each Counsellor will work differently depending on the models they have studied; I am an Integrative Counsellor and will always endeavor to offer you empathy, honesty, acceptance and respect. To help us work in the Here-and-Now and maintain a (w)holistic awareness, whilst respecting our pasts and taking account of any unresolved difficulties, I use the Gestalt model. Also, as a helpful and easy way to understand our personalities I often refer to Transactional Analysis. Working mainly from a Person-Centred perspective I offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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With notice I can offer flexible appointments in and outside of normal working hours.
Types of client