Hello, I am an experienced accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist registered with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP). I have worked for 25 years in adult mental health in the NHS including 9 years as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in a psychotherapy team.
I work with people who encounter psychological distress through challenges they have faced in life and help them to make sense of their situation and make changes to move forward. I am motivated to help people and I offer a safe, supportive environment in which to listen and explore issues in a confidential manner. I am warm, compassionate, caring and sensitive to others which I believe are the most important qualities when working with people.
"Paul understands every issue I have discussed with him. He is a very thoughtful and understanding person who is helping me to cope with my problems. I look forward to my weekly sessions with Paul, he calms me down and makes me feel more positive. He is very professional and understanding man. I look forward to my sessions with Paul, he calms me down and makes me feel more positive". Kath
"The therapy has helped me massively. When I first started I was so nervous and anxious but can't believe how much I have got over my anxiety. I now understand it and can deal with it instead of having panic attacks and worrying all the time. I am much more chilled and enjoy life. Paul really understands my issue and has helped me understand and learning how to deal with it, it has grown confidence in me. I am really happy to have found Paul as I have tried therapy a couple of times and felt it never worked or I couldn't open up, but it was nice to feel comfortable, to open up and talk about my problems". G
"To have a professional listen and offer a different opinion helped make sense of my problems. I believe he recognised my situation very well and understood my problems. Dave.
Paul is a good listener and understood what we needed to talk about, even, if on occasions I didn't. I had a couple of goals relating to improving my ability to have happy relationships, and talking to Paul, who understood me felt easy and natural. If relaxed and unthreatening is what you are looking for, then Paul will be perfect for you. unthreatening does not mean unchallenging, because my therapy was hard work at times, but definitely worth it". Rob
"He helped me manage my anger and temper, taught me to meditate and focus on my breathing. having a label put on my problems was the biggest breakthrough for trying to manage my problems". Josh.
"It is very useful for me to be able to get thoughts off my chest. and for someone to listen and help with my understanding of issues relevant to my current situation. He has helped me a lot to get to a place where I feel a lot free'er and able to get the moments of insecurity and intrusive thoughts. I would say Paul has a great understanding of OCD which I struggle with". K
"There was very little if anything at all what he didn't understand. Even if there were specific situations or obsessive things I did that he wasn't aware of , he could still provide useful information and techniques to combat them. I felt that what I was experiencing was easily explained, and that it was not something unique to me. The strategies that i have learned are always useful and have allowed me to free up a lot of time that would previously have been taken up. It allows you to help yourself. What you learn in CBT can be used for the rest of your life. In the case of CBT you do not necessarily need to detail every obsessive action you do, which allows progress to be made quickly". Sam
"Booking my son in for therapy with Paul is probably one of my best decisions. Not only did it help him deal with the habits I was aware of, it brought to light other issues that were restricting his life and stopping him being a happy teenager. Being able to regularly talk to someone and be given advice from someone who clearly understood every aspect of his OCD has really been, for him, life changing.
My son found Paul incredibly easy to talk to and came home from each session with a positive, confident attitude, putting him in a good position to follow the advice and strategies he’d been given.
If I’m honest, not knowing how it would all work, I was initially concerned about the financial commitment of seeing it through, but now I can honestly say It is the best money I have spent.
Paul is clearly passionate about his job and, from the results I have seen, incredibly effective. I cannot recommend him highly enough!" Emma
"Attending therapy has helped me regulate and understand my emotions and consequent behaviour to a greater extent that I previously did. Paul has helped me create action plans going forward to help me deal with situations that I previously struggled with. Since attending therapy, I have felt a lot less anxious with regards to certain situations and a greater sense of calmness in my life. I would recommend Paul to anyone who wants some help in any specific or general part of their life due to understanding nature and commitment to helping people become the best version of themselves" Matt
“Paul is great at understanding the issues my son is dealing with especially as he has a great understanding of spectrum issues and OCD. As a parent he has also helped me tremendously firstly through helping my son but also with feedback calls which have often put my worries at ease regarding some of my son’s behaviours and thoughts. My son has learned to deal with his anxieties much better, once he built up to using it, he made great progress with it. Creating a tool box of techniques to deal with worrying situations is also a great benefit which he will hopefully refer to throughout life. The best thing is that over time his confidence and happiness has skyrocketed a big thank you to Paul.” Yvette
“Tactics and tools against OCD and a deeper understanding of its nature. Thanks to this I am able to better defeat it. I also feel that the therapy I have done so far has made me a lot freer and a lot happier. I also like talking to Paul a he is funny and easily knows tools to combat OCD”. Joshua
“I have found the session to be mightily helpful, in that I found someone who I can talk to without feeling judged and who put me at ease straight away. I found Paul had a way to understand all my issues. He has a way of talking to you, which puts you at ease. I have found Paul to be extremely knowledgeable, professional and I couldn’t recommend him enough to anyone. He has years of experience and it shows in the way he conducts his therapy”. Iain
“Just being able to talk to someone impartial. Very useful to have explained about the brain. I would definitely recommend this service, felt very comfortable, relaxed with Paul, really noticed super/advice and how it has benefited me in my mind. Very pleased paul has reassured me that If I have any problems in the future, he will be happy to fit me back in. Sy
“Attending Therapy made me realise a mental illness is a solvable problem and you are not on your own. From the very start the therapist seemed to understand my issues very well and by talking about them made me realise the more you talk about them the more he can help. Taking the first steps and asking for help is very hard but well worth doing and I am very happy I did". Ian
What type of therapy is it?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychological approach based on scientific principles which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. It is evidenced based with hundreds of clinical trials and is included in the NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). Client and therapist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour and how they impact them. The approach relies on the client and therapist developing a shared view of the problems brought to therapy. This then leads to the identification of personalised, time limited therapy goals and planning of effective proven strategies to overcome problems.
The focus of therapy is to enable the client and therapist to generate solutions to the client’s problems that are more helpful than their present ways of coping. This often involves the client using the time between sessions to try out strategies considered in therapy.
Therapy involves weekly 1 hour sessions face to face at my clinic. In the first two sessions a plan will be jointly agreed so that effective strategies can be tailored to help the client with the root cause of their problems. Therapy can last up to 20 sessions although this could be more or less depending on the nature of the problem and the length of time it has affected the person. This would be reviewed regularly by client and therapist.
Training, qualifications & experience
• Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Psychotherapy - Brighton University 2009
As part of my continuing professional development, I have received further training in:
• Cognitive Mindfulness (A meditative based therapy: See Nice guidelines)
• ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
I also have 7 years experience supervising BABCP accredited therapists, psychologists, counselling psychologists and trainee Therapists (who wish to be accredited to BABCP). I can offer clinical supervision to psychological practitioners working in the private sector or NHS.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £70 per individual therapy hourly session including initial assessment for self referrals payable after each session. For on line therapy the payment is £60 payable after the session.
For requests for clinical supervision please contact me on the number given or by email to discuss your requirements.
Monday to Thursdays from 8-5pm.
Early evenings 5:30-9pm ( accept Fridays/weekends)
I hold an Enhanced certificate to work with adults and children (DBS). As a member of the BABCP I follow their code of ethics.