Paul Winter, Integrative Counsellor & Reiki Practitioner

Paul Winter, Integrative Counsellor & Reiki Practitioner

The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street

07521 152 629

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The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street

07521 152 629

About me

Is Counselling For Me?

When life presents us with challenges it is often comforting to talk these through with family and friends. But sometimes this is just not possible, or you may simply feel unable to:

  • Perhaps you feel that your problem would be a burden to others.
  • Maybe the issue involves those closest to you and is embarrassing or difficult to talk about.
  • You will want to talk openly and freely without fear of being judged, or being given advice.

Whatever your needs, counselling provides professional support in a safe and confidential setting, free of judgement, within which you can talk about your feelings, conflicts and current situation.

Together we will explore your problems and concerns to help you gain clarity, finding your own answers and in doing so gain momentum to move towards your personal goals.

My Approach

My training in Integrative Counselling enables me to use a variety of ways of working to best suit your needs. Based principally on a Humanistic/Person-Centred core model, we will work at your pace and on your agenda. While the use of goals can bring focus to our work together, this is not appropriate in all situations. You are the expert when it comes to your life and the issues it throws up, so our work together is generally non-directive.

Counselling is described as a 'talking therapy', but this does not mean that we can only talk. Writing can provide a powerful way of expressing ones feelings, walking while talking can loosen things up, and a mindful moment spent with nature might help to see problems from a different perspective.

My priority is to establish a strong, secure and trusting relationship with you in order that your support needs can best be met.

So What Is Reiki?

The practice of Reiki as an original non-invasive therapy was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. The Japanese word reiki means 'universal energy or life force' and it is activated by intention through the practitioner, with the aim of restoring balance and harmony within the recipient.

Reiki is a gentle, deeply relaxing complementary therapy which goes beyond words. It can be used either alongside counselling, to help balance the difficult emotions often brought to the surface, or as a stand alone form of treatment for other health issues. A session is usually carried out with the recipient lying down on a couch always while remaining fully clothed. The practitioner places their hands gently on areas of the body and the transfer of reiki energy may be experienced directly or indirectly.

As a fully qualified reiki practitioner, with attunement lineage traceable back to the founder, I am pleased to be able to also offer you this powerful complementary therapy.

My Experience

After a long career in finance it was time for a change of direction and my counselling training started in 2003. By that time I was working for a local organisation within their further education department, supporting young adults who had an autistic spectrum condition to acquire independent living skills.

Upon gaining my counselling qualification in 2006 I became a volunteer counsellor in the bereavement service of a local hospice, and in 2012 gained employment at another hospice as a counsellor, group facilitator, trainer and supervisor.

My recent professional focus has been around issues of grief and loss, and bereavement can also be seen as a form of change. It is often the inherent uncertainties of life which can lead to problems at work, or in relationships, and shifting sands can provoke feelings of anxiety and depression.

I believe that my varied life experiences and ways of working have equipped me to walk alongside you as you take your first faltering steps towards the future that you want. I would therefore invite you to make contact with me to arrange an initial session together during which we can discuss how support can best be provided, given your unique life circumstances. You can also assess whether you feel that I am the right person for you to work with.

I am pleased to offer both short and long term individual counselling, and/or reiki, from comfortable rooms in the centre of Colchester where ample public car parking is available nearby. I can also undertake home visits if required. I can offer appointments on weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (abiding by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions)

Reiki Level 2 (Practitioner)

Member of The Reiki Association (abiding by their Code of Ethics)

Full professional indemnity insurance held

Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate held

Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Fifty minute session of counselling or reiki at £40.

Concessionary rates available by agreement for those financially disadvantaged.

Longer sessions can be arranged if you wish to combine these therapies.

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO1 1JN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Home visits can be arranged if safely accessing these town centre premises presents you with difficulties.


Weekdays morning, afternoon or evening.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults