Paul West BSc (Hons) Psych. Counselling & Supervision. CBT & MBCT. Reg MBACP.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and supervisor with a broad range of counselling experience over 15 years, working with individual adults and couples providing both short-term and long-term face to face counselling.
I offer an Integrated, developmental-relational therapeutic approach providing individuals and couples with a warm, accepting and genuine environment in which they can explore issues, clarify choices and make decisions.
My aim is that through therapy you will achieve greater decision making in your life. In gaining some understanding of your inner world, I can help facilitate a period of acceptance and change by enabling you to talk about emotional difficulties and periods of crisis.
Within the past 15 years I have supported people who have worked on a wide range of issues. These have included;
Low self esteem
Loss and bereavement
Work and career related issues
Loss of meaning or direction
Post Traumatic Stress – including military service personnel
Military Service Issues - OOA detachments, Operational tours, Family Life, etc.
Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Self harm
- Dissociation Identity Disorder (DID)
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Reg MBACP). I am bound by its ethical framework and subject to its Complaints Procedure. I am also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration (UKAPI).
I am in ongoing professional supervision in accordance with the BACP ethical framework.
I can offer to see clients during the daytime as well as outside of normal working hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 15 years experience in the field, having been trained in integrative counselling and psychotherapy. I am experienced in working with a wide range of clients, both individuals and couples, dealing with short-term challenges through to deep-rooted historical issues requiring longer term therapy.
I have also long term experience working with dissociation of both male and female survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, along with using my long RAF career, experience and understanding of the military to work with serving and veterans who have mental health issues.
My academic training includes a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a further degree in Integrative Counselling from the University of Hull. I have also trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist, meaning that I am able to draw on a range of approaches in working with my clients ranging from exploring how their past experiences, such as childhood, are influencing the present, through to understanding how people make meaning in their lives.
I also hold PG diploma’s in Body Language, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
I have completed the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD), UK Network Foundation Course in Dissociation and Trauma.
I am a therapist within a Qualified Provider (AQP) counselling service for the NHS under the Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPTus) banner.
I am also a therapeutic sub-contractor for a company contracted to Hull's "Lets Talk" DASH (Depression and Anxiety Services Hull) within the NHS.
I am also been involved with several employers with the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP); nationally and locally.
As a CPCAB L6 supervisor, my model is based on Hawkins and Shohet’s "7 eyed model" working with, holding and considering the 7 focus/aspects of therapeutic work: the client; the interventions; the client and therapist relationship; the therapist’s process; the therapist-supervisor relationship; the supervisor’s process; the wider context (both organisational and societal) within which the counselling is taking place.
Additionally, I also use aspects of Page and Wosket’s, 1994 "Cyclical model" which incorporates:
1. Contract – between stakeholders, for the supervision.
2. Focus – for the work and the session.
3. Space – for reflection, exploration, emergence.
4. Bridge – from supervision back to coaching.
5. Review – of the supervision session, relationship, contract, etc.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
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Individual (one-to-one) sessions:
These have a duration of 50 minutes with fees starting from £45.00 (this applies to private clients).
I also operate a varying scale for 3rd party referrals/payments which is paid after each session unless otherwise agreed or paid by a third party.
For Couples Counselling I offer a one hour Couples Counselling session at a fee of £70 or £100 for an hour and a half session.
Individual supervision session duration 60 minutes £45.
Individual supervision session duration 90 minutes £67.50.
Individual supervision session duration 120 minutes £90.
Publication: In 2007 The European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy (EJQRP) Issue 2, published my collaborative research into the death of a parent. Entitled "A Phenomenological Exploration of the Loss of a Parent in Childhood".
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Due to my counselling room being on the third floor there is lift access from street level. There is a waiting area if you arrive early. There is car parking across the road (Albion Street Car Park) and many bus stops directly outside the building.
0900 - 2000 hours. Weekend appointments are available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
All counsellors and psychotherapists are required by their accrediting bodies to consult and actively reflect upon their clinical work with an experienced supervisor on a regular basis.View supervision profile