Paul Schofield MBACP (Accred) BACPRCP. ONLINE SESSIONS AVAILABLE
I know that seeking out a counsellor can be no easy task, and if you're reading this it's possible that you may have just had enough with feeling the way that you do.
Sometimes we all need support in finding a way through, and in offering that support I bring the depth of my expertise and experience as a counsellor. I work with warmth, compassion and integrity, and a genuine desire to help a person tackle the particular difficulties facing them (see my video below).
As a counsellor and psychotherapist in Ilkley and Leeds I have over 15 years experience in supporting clients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, providing short and long term therapy on a very wide range of issues.
Following an initial free telephone conversation I offer a one-off meeting at a reduced rate for you to get a feel of what it's like to work with me, and for me to assess if I can potentially assist you. If I think I can help, you may to choose to have further sessions, or take time to reflect on if you would like to do this.
I work both from my home in central Ilkley in West Yorkshire (just off The Grove) and also from a consulting room in a therapy clinic in Leeds. Both spaces offer a confidential, calm space to talk.
At my Ilkley address there is free parking on the street and a main car park a couple of minutes walk from the house. Five minutes walk from Ilkley Metro Station. The Leeds consulting room has some free parking on surrounding streets.
How can Counselling help me?
Talking problems through with loved ones, friends or family may sometimes be what is needed, but this might not always be possible or even appropriate.
Working with someone who is trained to deal with psychological (and sometimes associated physical) distress offers the chance for a person to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their problems, in dialogue with the Counsellor. This confidential conversation can potentially help us to see things that we haven't previously been aware of, to view things from a new perspective and open up new choices.
There is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution, but Counselling can sometimes offer concrete and specific ways to approach problems such as low self-esteem, worry, anxiety and depression. I may therefore at times also offer suggestions, information and advice, and in this I'm informed by an up-to-date understanding of how certain problems occur and perpetuate.
Equally, sometimes the relationship developed with a Counsellor may itself play a central role in repairing old hurts, in changing the way we feel about ourselves, and also as a result our relationships with others. It is the willingness of both parties to explore the problem which can produce the solution, and in this I bring my skills,knowledge and experience, warmth and compassion.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Professional Integrative Counselling, BACP Accredited course.
Postgraduate Certificate in Counsellor Supervision.
Diploma in Hypnotherapy - Academy of Advanced Changework.
BA (Hons) Philosophy & Sociology - Warwick University
I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited and Registered Counsellor with 15 years’ experience in providing short and long term Counselling on a very wide range of issues. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework to provide Counselling which is non-judgemental, confidential and fully in the service of my client.
In addition to a private Counselling practice I worked for many years as a member of Kingston University Counselling Service with students and staff, as a Counsellor and Mental Health Advisor. I have also worked in the addictions field as a Counsellor for Kingston Addiction Support and Care Agency, and until late 2014 I worked as a Counsellor at the University of London Birkbeck College.
In my private and University work I support clients from all backgrounds and ages with a wide variety of problems, including anxiety and depression,panic attacks,relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, abuse issues, addiction, obsessive compulsive problems and phobias.
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and I'm also influenced by other approaches such as Gestalt, and in particular the Human Givens model developed by the Psychologist Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell.
I'm interested in using what works, what is effective for a client, and I have also trained in Hypnotherapy, which I sometimes integrate within my Counselling practice.
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 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Initial consultation session £40 Ilkley address.
Concessions for online sessions during the Coronavirus pandemic:
£30-£45 for a 60 minute virtual session via telephone/Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp video/Facetime session.
Weekday and evening availability
Weekday and evening availability
BUPA Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist