Paul Smith (Registered MBACP)
Hi, thanks for clicking onto my profile. I understand the importance of talking things through with someone, By working together we can help get those troublesome thoughts and feelings out in the open in a safe, caring, friendly and confidential environment. I will help and support you to find clarity and answers and a better understanding of yourself and your situation. I care about you and your well being
I work both from in a quiet comfortable room at home in Walkden, Worsley, M28, and in a comfortable quiet therapy room located in Farnworth, Bolton, BL4. I offer Individual Counselling for people over 18, Couples Counselling, Online Counselling, and Home visits if coming to see me is difficult for you.
Maybe you have feelings of anxiety, stress, or depression, maybe your relationship isn't offering what it once did, or maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by bereavement, or life in general. Maybe you are still trying to deal with your damaged childhood, struggling with self-identity, or low self esteem. Or Maybe you're feeling stuck and don't know how or what to do next. life can bring many challenges, and facing them by talking things through can really help.
I know how lonely it can feel when we feel burdened by such things in life. It would be an honour to be there with you, whatever your situation.
I offer myself to you as a genuine caring professional and supportive Counsellor. I am down to earth, Professional, and have a genuine care about peoples well-being. Being a fully Qualified and Registered member of the British Association Of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (B.A.C.P), I pride myself on working within their code of ethics. People have been coming to see me for Counselling since 2010 and in that time I have seen may people who have brought many issues with them and seen the enormous benefits it has brought to peoples lives.
You will find me to be honest caring supportive and understanding, people have always found it easy to come to me with their problems, it is a privilege to be able to do that as a Counsellor.
I have seen clients with Anxiety, P.T.S.D, Relationship issues, Divorce and Betrayal, Work issues, Asperger Syndrome, Stress, H.S.P (Highly sensitive Person), Depression, Bereavement and Loss, Anger, Damaged Childhood, Family Issues, amongst other things.
Counselling is a talking therapy creating a safe and supportive environment, where you can talk, explore your thoughts and feelings and how they affect your life. It can help you find the tools, self knowledge and understanding to go forward in your life, and empower you to discover what needs changing, and how to make the changes.
Counselling can help with such issues as:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Family Issues
- Feeling Sad
- Feeling Lost
- Low self esteem
- Panic Disorder
- Relationship issues
- Separations and Divorce
- Affairs and Betrayal
- Work Issues
- Damaged childhood
- Self identity issues
I am here to help and support you, we can find a way through.
The aim of Couples Counselling is to provide an environmentwhere you can openly discuss and explore what's going on for you both, enabling you both to be heard and understood. Helping you to find what things need to change and how to change them. As with all Counselling therapy it requires a willingness and commitment to be open and honest as well as a desire to explore yourself and your relationship. It is a powerful tool to understanding your self and your relationship, and what it takes to make it work for both of you. I am here for you both, email, text or call me and I will be happy to start so we can begin to get things back on track for you.
If Online Counselling appeals to you I also offer Counselling through online video/webcam via a safe and secure protected platform called doxy.me. It is HIPAA and GDPR compliant with encryption meaning I can offer you a safe and secure way of sharing whatever you feel the need to bring. There is nothing for you to download just a simple link to follow to my private " therapy room". You may feel more safe and able to open up by not meeting in person or you may feel restricted by time or travelling. Meeting online via webcam allows us to be face to face enabling the therapeutic process to flow in a similar way to meeting in person. It does however mean that you have to make for yourself a safe quiet place free of interruptions where you will not be overheard and have a reliable safe device with a webcam.
Length Of Therapy
I believe in allowing the process to work naturally and so some people feel that just a few sessions are all they need, while others may benefit from many more, it is entirely up to you. As you begin to explore you may find that things go off in a direction you may not have been expecting and so you may feel you want to explore other things as they come up. The root of the problem may be quite a way off from what you initially thought. Or you may simply feel that you need more time to fully examine and work through your initial issues. Either way after every few sessions I will take you through a review where you can look at how things may have changed for you since we began, and see what if anything I can more do to further help.
It is important that you find the right Counsellor, one with whom you feel comfortable with. Counselling can be difficult emotionally as you can often find yourself opening up in ways you have never felt able to before. As a Therapeutic relationship is built up it becomes a powerful and unique way in which time and space is allowed to explore yourself and how your relationship with life is. For this reason I do feel that it is important to keep sessions regular in order to maintain a good flow with our work together.
My Commitment To You
I will keep you safe and allow you to work at your own pace, you will not be judged and will be treated with respect, care, and empathy. I will offer you a safe, friendly and confidential space and allow you to feel supported as we work together to make the changes you need.
I believe it is every persons right whatever their issues, social background or financial state to be able to receive effective counselling, which is why i try to be as flexible and affordable as possible.
I understand that it can be difficult and daunting taking that first step in seeking help when things get bad, and I admire anyone who does so.
I believe we all have a built in capacity for well being and growth, and as you explore yourself and your situation you will begin to see what you need and how to get it.
"The process of change always starts with a decision that things NEED to change."
So, if you feel you are ready to make that change but are maybe still a little unsure, know that you can contact me by calling or text on: 07857 476583, or click here to send me an email with no obligation to take things any further.
Together we can begin the process of change for you, starting your new life in getting your needs met and living the life you deserve.
Thank you again for taking the time to read my profile I hope it has been of use to you and I wish for you the very best and look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts.
- ABC level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
- ABC level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 60 minute sessions.
First introductory session up to 30 minutes free.
£40 per Counselling session.
£50 per Couples Counselling session.
Reduced rate available, please let me know when booking and we can discuss how to make it affordable for you. It is most important to me that you receive the counselling you may need and not stop because you feel you cannot afford it. I am committed to offering effective counselling at an affordable rate to as many people as possible.
Concessions offered for
If you need to talk and cannot get to see me, we can discuss having counselling at your home. Rates are the same. Please call: 07857 476583 or email me to discuss your needs.
I also have a special interest in the spiritual side of life. Whether we are religious or spiritually minded navigating our way through this modern society can bring many difficulties. I am open to all religions cultures and spiritual matters and understand well the difficulties it can bring in the diverse and sometimes misunderstanding society we live in.
H.S.P (Highly Sensitive Person)
I have a personal understanding and interest in H.S.P, so would welcome anyone who has this and needs to discuss it and ways of dealing with life with it, to please contact me, I would be very happy to see you.