Investing in yourself can sometimes feel hard to do; you can always convince yourself that other things or people are more worthy of that investment but the truth is, making this investment in counselling will be the greatest gift you can give yourself and will change your life.
I am Paul and I am a qualified counsellor who works from a Person Centred Approach. This means I believe you have all the answers yourself and by listening empathetically, without judgement, I support you to find your own answers. I provide a supportive and confidential space where you can share your thoughts and inner-most feelings and work through what may be painful or confusing for you.
Counselling can be accessed for a wide range of reasons; something really specific might have happened to you such as a bereavement or there may be issues in work or at home that you want to talk through. You may be feeling depressed about things that have happened in your past, or anxious about the future, or there may be other feelings and behaviours that are having a negative impact on your life and holding you back. This could be things like; feeling unheard, feeling trapped, having to be “strong” all the time for everyone else, feeling insecure or just disappointed generally with life; together we can explore these feelings, understand where they might stem from, and work together to help move you forward.
Counselling brings awareness to how you feel deep inside and how things that have happened in your past have affected your life and who you are today. By exploring your past, we can find answers to today’s problems and can help release some of the weight and burden of things you may have been carrying, sometimes without even realising.
This is your journey but counselling can help you navigate it – you will be offered a safe and confidential space to say anything you want to out loud without feeling judged or without fear of upsetting anyone. You are at the heart of your sessions; we can discuss anything that you feel is important to you and we will only ever work at your pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (the governing body for counsellors). I have worked both for the NHS and privately for a number of years and can offer a range of approaches to suit the needs of my clients. I take my personal development very seriously and regularly attend training and workshops to ensure I am up to date with the latest thinking.
I know when looking for a counsellor, training and qualifications are important but I do strongly believe that the best experience a counsellor can give you is their own life experience. I got into counselling after losing a really close friend to suicide and I've never looked back. At 42, counselling has helped me come to terms with a lot that has happened in my own past, it's made me reassess a lot of my relationships and look at the deep rooted beliefs I had about myself that were holding me back. It has also helped me through recent challenges such as a custody battle over my daughter. Having my own counselling has completely changed my life and I believe has made me a better counsellor; after all, how can I expect you to go to these dark and painful places if I've not been willing to go there myself?
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I offer face to face sessions in my therapy room at home in South Liverpool (parking outside) and I also offer walk and talk therapy for clients who prefer this. It is up to you as the client to decide which you are most comfortable with and we can discuss this in your initial consultation.
I offer a 30 minute phone consultation which is free of charge and is a chance for us to get to know each other and see if we are compatible for a counselling relationship. It will be an opportunity for you to discuss what has brought you to counselling and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
We will then book you in for your 1st session on a day and time that is suitable. The 1st session is charged at the standard £50 however this can last up to an hour and a half as we will spend the 1st part of the session going over some questions that will help me understand and get to know you better. We will also agree a contract on how we will best work together to get you to where you would like to be.
Each session after that is 1 hour long and is charged at £50 (discounts available for counselling students).
*COVID* - If attending face to face, clients can be assured that I am double vaccinated, the room will be sanitised in-between clients and I will try to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. My preference is to work face to face with clients however to ensure that I am still able to work with clients who may be vulnerable, I can offer telephone, video, or outside walk and talk appointments if requested.