Down, depressed and hopeless? Beset by anxiety and worry? Feeling stuck, inadequate or disconnected?
Whatever psychological pain you're in, we can work on it together so you can recover and then get on with doing what matters to you.
In the safe and confidential space of counselling, you can tell me about your experiences and voice your feelings, however unpleasant they might be. This in itself can bring relief and healing.
Through our work, you may also reach a new understanding of the causes of your unhappiness. This can help you escape the shackles of the past so you can respond differently to life.
Of course, there can be no guarantees, but in my experience most people find they get something valuable from counselling. For some, it can be life-changing.
I'm a humanistic and integrative counsellor. This somewhat off-putting jargon essentially means that I believe in your potential to make changes that will help you lead a fulfilling life. And that I can see the value of a range of different therapeutic approaches and will work with you to find what suits you best. There is not one formula that works for everyone.
Much of my training has been in the person-centred and the psychodynamic schools of counselling. The person-centred approach sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences. Meanwhile, psychodynamic theory stresses the importance of past experience in shaping current behaviour and difficulties.
My work is also informed by my understanding of:
• the role of mindfulness in reducing reactivity and stress
• the value of sleep, exercise, healthy eating, time in nature and social connectedness
• ideas from the positive psychology movement for cultivating gratitude, optimism, kindness and self-compassion, for identifying our signature strengths and for helping us discover meaning in our lives.
I've worked as a counsellor for more than 10 years. As well as seeing clients in private practice, I've worked for the NHS and Relate and also in schools, colleges and at the University of Bath.
Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of people experiencing all kind of problems, including:
• anxiety and stress
• bereavement and loss
• chronic and serious illness
• depression and low mood
• lack of meaning
• life crises and transitions
• obsessions and compulsions
• relationship problems
• self-esteem issues
• suicidal thoughts
• trauma – whether in childhood or more recent.
**Professional membership and ethics**
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Complete the form below with your details and therapy requirements - Paul will then contact you to discuss making a booking....