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I’m Paul.

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About me

I offer counselling from my practice based in my home in Chertsey, Surrey (close to St Peter’s Hospital).

I offer non-judgemental, confidential and supportive counselling which focuses on my client’s specific needs and issues.

My experience working in both education (as a primary school teacher) and as a funeral director means I am aware of the stresses and pressures of demanding and emotionally challenging professions.

I believe that counselling can give us an insight into the way we behave and help us to get in touch with our feelings and emotions. The things we were taught and learnt as children and our early relationships can influence us as adults causing us distress and upset. Being able to explore the past as well as present-day feelings in a non-threatening environment can help to make sense of our lives and so live our lives in a more meaningful way.

I don’t have a magic wand or offer a ‘quick fix’ solution to issues; I believe that the counselling relationship is crucial for change to occur. Growing this unique relationship takes time. My clients report it is the depth of the relationship which allows greater personal insight and gives them space to reflect on past events. I regard no client issue as ‘silly’, ‘petty’ or insignificant. What matters to you – matters to me too.  Many of my clients say that I am the first person they have been able to feel safe enough with to share very private, embarrassing and shaming events in their past. My own life experiences and counsellor training means I receive what is said respectfully; honouring the feelings felt and in a none-judgemental way.

For the past two years I have worked one day a week as a voluntary counsellor working with bereaved clients at the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.

  • I am experienced in working with people who are hard of hearing and am ‘Deaf Aware’. The room I work in is peaceful, comfortable, safe and well lit.
  • I have some basic Sign Language (Sign Supporting English) and have used a ‘Total Communication’ approach with young people.

Please contact me to discuss how we could work together with the issues and challenges that you may be facing at this time.

I am a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registration Number: 340886). I am committed to working to The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications:

  • BEd (Hons) Environmental Studies (5-12 years) and Early Childhood Education (3-5 years)
  • Diploma in Funeral Directing
  • Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Humanistic Counselling (The University of Greenwich)
  • British Deaf Sign Language Level One

Personal Approach

As a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I am committed to working to The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

My counsellor training means I work in an integrative way and so can use an approach appropriate to your needs.  I work using the counselling models of Person Centred, Gestalt and Existential.

I work in a none-judgemental way and place emphasise on the strength of the therapeutic relationship that can bring about a change. I offer both short and long-term work.