Paul Schofield MBACP (Accred) BACPRCP.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Initial consultation session £40 Ilkley address, full fee applies at the Leeds address
£50 per 60 minute session (reduced rate sessions may be available).
£50 per 60 minute telephone or Skype session (reduced rate sessions may be available)
Concessions for students and low income clients.
Weekday and evening availability
BUPA Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday and evening availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a Postgraduate Supervision qualification from York St John University and I work with Counsellors and Psychotherapists at all stages of their work, whether in training or with many years of therapeutic experience.