Paul Wadey M.Sc M.Res PGDip PGCert GradCert DipClinSup Registered MBACP (Accred)

Paul Wadey M.Sc M.Res PGDip PGCert GradCert DipClinSup Registered MBACP (Accred)

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About me

I am absolutely committed to offering ethical and professional excellence in my individual Counselling & Psychotherapy practice with adults and young people as well as Systemic Family & Couples Therapy.

Whether you or someone important to you has a specific issue requiring attention, a complex emotional or behavioural problem, or perhaps an enduring non-specific sense of dissatisfaction for no easily apparent reason, counselling and psychotherapy can be hugely beneficial to find a greater sense of clarity, understanding and relief, as well as providing practical methods to unlock our inherent potential.

As an experienced registered accredited counsellor/psychotherapist (MBACP Accred) and Systemic Family Practitioner, with over a decade of learning from my clients, I work with adults, couples, young people, families, groups, executives and clinical supervisees.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fortunate enough to be able to call upon over ten years post-qualifying experience gained from work with adults, families and young people in acute in-patient and community settings.

Leading up to and during this period I self-funded myself through a rigourous programme of academic and clinical study; M.Sc Psychology (Essex), M. Res Psychoanalytic History (Goldsmiths), PGDip Couns (Goldsmiths), PGCert Systemic Practice (Beds) and GradCert Systemic Practice (Birkbeck) (please see my website for a more expansive list).

I underwent an initial four-year clinical supervised core-training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, which ended succesfully in 2003.

After core-training I began reading for a two year Research Degree in Psychoanalytic History within the same department at Goldsmiths.

A couple of years passed followed by a resolution to undertake a second masters degree, this time in Cognitive Psychology with Neuropsychology.

Since 2011, I have undertaken two highly specialised Systemic Therapy trainings in working with Couples and Family therapy.

Speaking now as an experienced psychological therapist, counsellor, systemic family practitioner and psychoanalytical historian I believe that my professional and personal learning alike has been informed by and benefitted hugely from practical, clinical and academic contexts equally.

My private practice was formerly based in and around SE London (i.e. Lewisham & Catford & Soth Norwood) and Kent, where I worked as a HI therapist and substance counsellor from the late nineties with young people at risk, young adult offenders, vulnerable adults and BME client groups presenting with complex social and behavioural problems. Since 2007 I have practised as a counsellor/psychotherapist in and around Colchester.

Other notable experiences have been formative for me; I have held the post of principal visiting lecturer, module leader and academic tutor in psychology and counselling for four years at a prestigious medical college based in Hampstead, NW London.

I also had the pleasure to undertake the role of lecturer and trainer in counselling (Level 2 to Level 4 and BA Hons) for foundation degree and undergraduate degree studies in South Essex.

Similarly, in my work as a senior manager / senior clinician - working within the public (NHS) and charitable sectors - I have held service manager posts for IAPT psychological services, Supporting People services and worked with numerous charities and social enterprises.

In 2012 I began working in a CAMHS service in North Essex as a systemic family practitioner based in an acute-in-patient and PICU (T4) setting working with young people, their families and carers.

Since 2015 I have held my private practice in Nayland, Colchester.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Couples therapy, couples counselling, family therapy, family counselling, Relationship issues, Psychosexual issues, Counselling for anxiety, Counselling for depression, Parenting issues, Psychological education and executive development as well as clinical supervision.

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Individual Adults and/or Young People £65 ph.
Couples therapy, or Family therapy £65 ph. (min 1.5hr)
Clinical supervision £ 46 ph. (min 1.5hr)

Further information

In my counselling & psychotherapy practice I strive to maintain deep and sustained emotional contact with individuals, families or couples, whilst also maintaining a high degree of reflexivity to the demands made by modern living on those whom, like so many today, urgently need to find someone well-qualified and experienced with which to build a genuine and trusting therapeutic alliance.

Professionalism, ethical practice, strict confidentiality and discretion are assured. I hold professional memberships with the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), Association of Family Therapy & Systemic Practice (AFT), and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO6

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair accessible premises: Unspecified


09:00 till 21:00 Mon to Sat. Please leave a voicemail at any time and I will gladly return your call as soon as I possibly can.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

An important concept not limited to supervision or counselling or psychotherapy might be how we come to know what we think we know.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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