Paul Lewis Integrative Counselling MBACP (Accred)
Seeing every person as the expert of their own lives, with the ability to develop a strong and healthy sense of self-worth, is at the heart of the therapy I offer. Based in Kent I work with adults who are 18+ years old on a one-to-one basis and each session is 60 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 together we can discuss how we might move forward.
As an Accredited Integrative Counsellor, I offer more than one approach to counselling and work mainly from a Person-Centred perspective. I use the Gestalt model to help us work in the present, whilst respecting the past and any unresolved difficulties, 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 a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts and feelings without feeling judged.
If we decide to work together, we can 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 8 years of professional training and experience I have 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.
- MBACP (Accred)
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at Wealden Psychology Institute
Level 2 and 3 NCFE Counselling Skills at Brighton City College
Hypnotherapy Diploma at Chrysalis
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Introductory Session (30 mins) - £30
Ongoing Sessions (60 mins) - £60
Concessions. - Dependant on circumstance
Counselling is an opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. You may choose to have counselling because you are experiencing some kind of difficulty, distress or dissatisfaction in your life 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.