Paul Whittingham (Dip Counselling, Registered member MBACP (Accred)

Paul Whittingham (Dip Counselling, Registered member MBACP (Accred)

Greater Manchester

07851 058368

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About me

I am a registered BACP accredited Counsellor with a strong belief in the positive changes that can be brought about through counselling, and of the importance of the relationship between Counsellor and Client. I provide an environment where you are able to explore, process and work through issues in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental manner.
I also provide relaxation sessions and strategies to help manage issues related to anxiety and depression. Please contact me to discuss your own personal needs.

My values include respecting diversity, valuing individual choice and promoting autonomy. These values are at the centre of my practice and help provide an environment that supports positive change.

I have 13 years experience delivering group work and one to one work as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy facilitator. I have experience of working with individuals with complex needs including working in short term and long term therapy.  I have worked in a wide range of settings including, Private practice, Public sector, Voluntary services and Charitable organisations. I have experience of being a trainer for Motivational interviewing and Thinking skills programmes and through my work I have gained a good understanding of individual needs and the skills required to support people in working through their own unique circumstances and personal issues. I have a passion for supporting positive change in others and have spent a significant period of my career working therapeutically with individuals to help bring about positive changes in their lives.

How might Counselling help?

People access Counselling for a wide range of reasons. Often they feel helpless, unable to cope and can become overwhelmed and feel a sense of being lost or lonely. As a Counsellor I am trained to provide professional support and to create an environment where you are able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non judgemental manner, helping you to work through issues by providing a therapeutic environment for positive change.
I have worked with a wide range of issues including Anger management, Bereavement, Gambling addiction, Food disorders, Emotional management, OCD, Low self-esteem, Self harm, Gender issues, Relationship problems, Substance misuse, Panic disorders, Depression and Anxiety. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other issues that can be worked through in Counselling

What to expect from Counselling?

I offer a free initial phone consultation to allow you to explore what to expect from Counselling, and to ask any further questions about entering into Counselling and what this might mean. I recognise this can be a difficult first step and will endeavour to support you through this early period.

The length of counselling sessions are normally 50 minutes.The number of Counselling sessions required can vary greatly depending on the issues and individual clients, this will be discussed with each individual client.

Sessions are normally weekly, however this also varies and can be changed to meet your own individual need. Sessions can be held weekdays, evenings or weekends, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Counselling is a personal journey where individuals work through issues in a unique and personal way. I will offer you a non-judgemental, safe space where I will offer respect and a relationship that recognises individual choice and supports positive change.Rooms provided are comfortable, safe, confidential and provide an excellent therapeutic environment for counselling.

I am happy for you to contact me to explore anything that you feel would benefit you before entering into Counselling. I work in a person centred and integrative way and will work in a way that best meets your individual needs. I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and committed to their principles and adhere to their code of ethics. I am aware of the importance of effective practice and you can expect to always be at the centre of my practice

Location and access

I have a private room situated in Westhoughton.

Parking is available and very convenient to the practice.

Thank you for taking time to read this profile and If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me by email or by phone on 07851058368

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been continuously employed for over 30 years. For the past 15 years I have worked in and managed services in a range of functions providing 1-1 and group therapy.


  • 2012-2014 Counselling Diploma
  • 2011-2012 Counselling skills Level 3
  • 2011-2012 Professional certificate in effective practice
  • 2007-2008 Tackling substance misuse Level 3
  • 2006-2007 Criminal Psychology and Forensic science
  • 2005-2006 Counselling, Psychology and advanced Psychotherapy
  • 2004-2005 Psychology and criminology
  • 2018 MBACP Accreditation
  • 2015 Hypnotherapy (BACP approved)
  • 2015 Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
  • 2014 Personality disorder training
  • 2012 Post incident care team training
  • 2011 Coaching others
  • 2005 Accredited Treatment manager
  • 2005 Anger management training
  • 2004 Manager supervision skills training
  • 2004 Accredited Facilitator
  • 2003 Substance misuse facilitator trained
  • 2004 Leadership and development

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room
  • Counselling rooms


I offer a free no obligation telephone consultation to allow you to discuss and consider how you feel about engaging in counselling. I am available weekdays and evenings and able to provide details of available sessions on request.

Fees are £45 per hour.

Further information

I have a private room in Westhoughton, Bolton. Parking is available at the property. The room is comfortable, confidential and provide an excellent environment for counselling.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your individual needs and to answer any questions that you might have.

Maps & Directions

Bolton, BL5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


  • I provide Weekdays, Evenings until 9:30pm. Please contact me by phone or email to arrange a suitable appointment. If you leave a message I will contact you promptly.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults