Hello, my name is Paul, I am a Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working within a Person Centred / Assimilative Integrative model of therapy. Having studied at New College Durham and awarded a BA (Hons) in Counselling, I possess a wealth of personal lifetime and counselling experience.
My aim is to offer a warm, safe, confidential and nurturing environment, in which a respectful therapeutic relationship can be established: this will allow you to explore your current life issues and difficulties in a way that feels comfortable for you.
I consider each individual to be unique, to possess value and to be deserving of respect in choosing their own direction in life and the values which define them.
It is my belief that you are the sole expert in your internal world and the only person who accurately understands how you feel, the only one who can decide who and how you should be, what the true meaning of your life is and how it should be lived.
I also believe that the therapeutic relationship between us will be the most important aspect of counselling. This therapeutic relationship can provide you with a space to feel truly accepted, heard and understood in a non-judgemental empathic environment, you will experience me as a real and genuine person within this relationship. I will be open and transparent with my feelings and emotions as I experience them in the moment, rather than assuming the role of an expert dispensing prescriptive solutions to your problems.
I am not the expert in your life, I believe that the answers are within yourself and my role in therapy is to be alongside you, to support you, to understand, to explore, to challenge where appropriate and also to clarify. I am accustomed to long spells of silence, tears and strong emotions being expressed.
Issues I work with
Issues I work with include; bereavement, anticipatory grief, depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem, self harm, suicidal ideation, work related stress, relationships, domestic abuse, drug & alcohol misuse, loneliness, isolation, life transitions, retirement issues, childhood sexual abuse, childhood emotional abuse, childhood physical abuse, eating disorders, war / veteran related mental health issues, including PTSD and family / re-integration issues.
How we could work together;
Trained in the Person Centred model of counselling, I embrace this 'way of being' as both 'essential and fundamental to my practice.
Furthermore, I have a firm belief in the positive nature of all human beings. This positive nature will always strive to make the most of our lives, no matter what difficulties or issues we find ourselves faced with.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) in Counselling
FdA in Counselling
MBACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Meaning and Safety in Counselling
Safe Guarding Children
Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults,
Working with Abuse
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Tackling Violence against Women & Girls
Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Health & Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender
Building Intercultural Therapeutic Space
Psyche and Soma: the Hidden World of Eating Disorders
Gestalt: The Therapy of Dreams
Working with those Who Self harm
Dual Diagnosis – Mental Health
Substance Misuse Awareness
Blood Borne Virus Awareness
Brief Intervention – Alcohol Misuse
Brief Intervention – Smoking Cessation
Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs)
Drugs & Alcohol Recovery, 12 Step Programme Delivery
War Veterans Awareness Tier 2
War Veterans Awareness Tier 3
Veterans Peer Support
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Military Conditioning/Post service Adjustment
Your first appointment, which is an assessment / consultation, will last approximately 30 - 40 minutes and is charged at £25. This will enable us to establish your presenting issues and the appropriateness of our working together.
All subsequent appointments are charged at £50 per therapeutic hour (50 mins), which is payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each appointment.
Students, the un-waged and those on benefits are charged at £40 per therapeutic hour.
Counselling will be carried out from a comfortable,dedicated treatment room within my home, in a quiet residential setting with ample on site parking facilities.