Paul McNamara MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor who may be able to help you. Sometimes things can overwhelm us and its hard to know where to turn. Counselling can help us begin to understand our thoughts and feelings and together we can work through the issues that are important to you.
I offer different types of counselling to suit each person, so, our sessions would be tailor made for you.
Our first meeting would be an assessment: a chance for us to meet each other and to see if we would be able to work together, and to begin to speak about your needs in counselling.
For some clients the counselling may be short term, perhaps 6, 8 or 10 weeks; for others it might be longer.
Whoever the client, and however long or short the work, our aim would be to enable you to arrive at where you want to be.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What happens during the first session?
During the first session I need to take some personal details and to hear from you about your decision to come for counselling. We can look at the issue/s that are important to you, and to see how we might work together and what you would like to achieve. We will spend some time talking about confidentiality, session place and time and any practical arrangements. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions last for 50 minutes.
How much do you charge?
My normal fee is £35.00 payable at the end of each session.
I do offer a sliding scale of charges for low or unwaged, or for counselling students. This is normally discussed and decided upon during the first session.
Do I have to pay for the first session?
Yes there is a charge but it is reduced to £25 for the first session.
Is it possible to come every other week or occasionally?
Normally speaking sessions are weekly. However if you work shifts it might in some cases be possible to arrange something suitable.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and have a Diploma in Integral Therapeutic Counselling.
I have my own practice in Brentwood. I am also a counsellor for Health Assured, an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
I also work for the NHS throughout Essex.
I was involved in setting up OACS, (Open Adult Counselling Service) based in Benfleet and Rayleigh and I worked there as a volunteer counsellor and member of the Management Committee. www.oacs.org.uk
I have also worked as a Bereavement Support Facilitator leading bereavement groups and courses throughout Essex.
I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work according to their ethical framework.
My practice has addressed issues of depression; anxiety; relationship breakdown; anger management; stress; bereavement; the loss of pets; sexual abuse; the ageing process; and religious, spiritual/transpersonal issues. For a comprehensive list of issues, please see elsewhere in this profile.
I also work with counselling students who may be required to have counselling as part of their training course.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
My fees are normally £35.00 for one to one counselling. However concessions are available (unwaged/low waged, students etc.which can be discussed).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Afternoons and Evenings