Paul Senior

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Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3
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About me

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

Diversity Awareness

Psychosexual Therapy

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

Complex Needs

Working with those Who Self harm

Suicide Prevention

Personality Disorders

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

Trauma Counselling

Veterans Peer Support

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Military Conditioning/Post service Adjustment

Anticipatory Grief/Bereavement

Anger Management

Photos & videos


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Your first appointment, which is an assessment / consultation, will last approximately 30 - 40 minutes and is charged at £30. This will enable us to establish your presenting issues and the appropriateness of our working together.

All subsequent appointments are charged at £60 per therapeutic hour (50 mins), which is payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer prior to the beginning of each appointment.

Students, the un-waged and those on benefits are charged at £50 per therapeutic hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon - Fri 08:00am - 4pm

Sat 08:00 - 12:00

Further information

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.

Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Paul Senior
Paul Senior