Hello, my name is Paul McGinley and I am an experienced Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. I work as a private practitioner in East London.
I teach psychotherapy and have been in clinical practice for over seventeen years. I offer brief (6-12 sessions) and long-term (open ended) counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples.
There are many reasons that bring people to therapy and the process of therapy provides an opportunity to explore your life more closely and to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties and struggles. As we explore and talk about these difficulties together we will begin to find new ways of tackling them and reaching resolutions that will help shift your feelings and open up ways for change and moving forward.
Therapy is essentially about internal change. During the therapeutic process an emotional and psychological transformation can occur for a person which is more permanent, substantial, and far reaching than short term fixes. Within the care that a therapeutic relationship offers, healing can take place and possibilities which perhaps had previously felt out of reach open up.
Starting therapy is in itself a significant step towards a more fulfilling and joyful life.
I work from an existential perspective, combining existential-phenomenology with psychodynamic principles. I have a particular interest in helping people clarify where they are and the choices they may have made to get there, with a view to opening up new and different possibilities for the future.
I also offer clinical supervision, personal development, and bereavement counselling.
For more information and details of how I work please visit my website (link available on this page).
Training, qualifications & experience
- PhD in Psychotherapy
- MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
- United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Professional Standards Authority (PSA regulated)
- Senior Lecturer at Regent's University London 'School of Psychotherapy and Psychology'
- Chair of the Constructivist and Existential College of the UKCP
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I work in my practice in Barking on Mondays, and Wednesdays, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.