Paul Winter, Integrative Counsellor & Reiki Practitioner
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 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.
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 counselling training started in 2003 at which 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, reiki and supervision 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
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
Fifty minute session of counselling, reiki or supervision at £40.
Concessionary rates available by agreement for those financially disadvantaged.
Longer sessions can be arranged if you wish to combine these therapies.