Dr Paul O'Sullivan
I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist and founder of the Essex Psychology Practice in Romford, Havering. I work as an integrative practitioner. This means that I value the importance of adapting therapy to best meet the unique needs of each individual by drawing on my experience of working with various therapy models, including cognitive behavioural therapises (CBT), psychodynamic approach and eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR).
I am committed to a high standard of professional therapeutic practice that is warm and compassionate in its approach. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental space to help you enhance psychological growth and development. I work with a wide range of emotional difficulties that people commonly experience, with an appreciation of the challenges and stresses that life can bring. By using evidence-based psychological interventions and valuing the importance of a positive therapeutic relationship I aim to help you to make sense of your difficulties, reduce your pain and work towards improving your wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over ten years of experience of counselling working for the NHS and within the private and charity sectors. I currently work as a Counselling Psychologist for the NHS and in private practice treating people living with a wide range of psychological, emotional and relational difficulties.
For example, I have experience and expertise in working with (a broader list can be found on www.essexpsychologypractice.co.uk):
- Low mood/depression.
- Anxiety disorders, including: generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, agoraphobia, specific phobias, panic attacks and panic disorder.
- PTSD and trauma-related distress.
- Stress-related challenges
- Relationship difficulties
- Grief and bereavement
- Coping psychologically and emotionally with living with a long-term physical health condition (e.g. diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, cancer, etc).
- and many more
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from City, University of London.
- MSc in Counselling Psychology from City, University of London.
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology from City, University of London.
- Level 1, 2 & 3 in the practice of eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR).
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The fees are structured with the intention of making therapy as accessible as possible and are staggered depending on the person's annual income and personal circumstances. The fee structure can be found on the below link:
There are also a limited number of reduced-rate appointments available for those on lower incomes, full-time students and trainee Counselling Psychologists who are required to undertake personal therapy as part of their training. Please contact me to discuss this.