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.
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
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.
Concessions offered for
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".