Paul Manning

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PGDip Counselling, Reg Member MBACP, BA, DMS
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Milton Keynes MK11 & MK14
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

About me.

I offer face to face and on-line Counselling for adults, no couples, able to consider concessionary rates according to your circumstances and to key workers and first responders.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within the BACP Code of Ethics which includes a commitment to regular supervision and continual professional development.

Widely experienced having worked in an NHS Hospital staff counselling service, higher education, community-based services, and private practice. In that time, I have supported people dealing amongst other things, with bereavement, illness and injury, work/study overload and stress, bullying, childhood and adult sexual and physical abuse, suicidal thoughts and self-harming, relationship difficulties and identity issues.

Why counselling?

We will all face challenges in our lives that can overwhelm us in ways we cannot control and are at a loss to understand. Crippling anxiety, shame and low self-esteem, depression, hopelessness, feeling traumatised and unsafe, unhappy with ourselves and our relationships with others, or scared of not being able to cope anymore and of falling over the edge.

How can I help?

I know that counselling with someone who can listen without judgement, but who can question unhelpful "that's just me" beliefs, provides a powerful therapeutic experience and enable you to understand why you feel as you do and to explore changes that you may wish to make.

My practice is Psychodynamic. It acknowledges the impact of our personal histories on our sense of self and how this affects our relationships with others and shapes our lives and choices. “I could never do that” I’m no good at that” “I can’t ask for that”.

I am also experienced in brief solution focused work and cognitive approaches, able to tailor my approach to the needs of my clients.


• Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)

• University Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (UoH)

• Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)

• Diploma in Management Studies (CNAA)

• B.A. (Hons) Humanities (CNAA)

What my clients think

Client C

“When I started working with Paul, I was seriously struggling with my mental health. I was overwhelmed by things professionally and personally, and his calm manner, understanding - but also practical advice helped me keep my head above water through some of the hardest months of my life. 

We continued to work together over a two-year period, which allowed us to build on initial learnings - while he also clearly grew to understand me very well, and could manage our sessions accordingly.

I would recommend a conversation with Paul to anyone who feels they might need some support”

Client S

“Working with Paul allowed me to better understand what makes me tick. Through Paul’s kind but inquisitive approach it felt as though we were working together to understand things far more comprehensively than I could on my own. I saw myself as quite a reflective person, however with Paul as a sounding board it became clear that I was unconsciously censoring my explanations to fit my own narrative. It might stand to reason that I needed someone who could be ‘cruel to be kind’, but Paul was able to help me realise this while promoting a level of kindness and compassion that I would not have expected to be nearly as effective as it was. Through the realisations that came to light through talking to Paul I have been able to improve my relationship with my wife, communicate more effectively at work and feel substantially better about myself and my achievements”

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling. (University of Hertfordshire) 
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
  • Diploma in Management Studies (CNAA),
  • BA Hons Humanities (CNAA)

I began counselling training in 1995 and began practice within a community based service in 1997. I combined this with working as a Senior Manager in Local Government - Housing and community services and before this is as Director of a local Council for Voluntary Service.

Since 2013 I have worked full-time as a counsellor, in private practice and as a member of a small team supporting NHS staff at Milton Keynes Hospital and latterly managing a service to students attending the University of Buckingham Medical school. 

My practice is Psychodynamic and looks at the way in which our personal histories influence our present lives. I am also experienced in brief solution focused work and more cognitive approaches, depending on the needs of my clients.

I work within the BACP Code of Ethics which includes a commitment to regular supervision and continual professional development.

I have a current enhanced CRB certificate.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£35.00 - £45.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Concessionary sessions will generally be online via Zoom or WhatsApp.

Face to face sessions will be at MK14 address

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer sessions from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Limited availability for face to face sessions.

Further information

I can help with issues arising from Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Depression, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Relationships, Trauma, Self Esteem, Work related issues.

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK11

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Online platforms

Paul Manning
Paul Manning