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- Flexible hours available
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About me and my therapy practice
I’m Paul & I offer counselling from my practice based in my home in Chertsey. I offer non-judgemental, confidential & supportive counselling which is focused on my client’s individual needs.
My experience working as a primary school teacher & as a funeral director means I am aware of the stresses & pressures of demanding & emotionally challenging professions.
I believe that counselling can give us an insight into the way we behave & help us to get in touch with our feelings & emotions. Being able to explore the past as well as present-day feelings in a safe environment can help to make sense of our lives.
For many of us, not thinking about those ‘difficult’ things can help us get through the day. These ‘difficult’ things might be unpleasant or frightening childhood memories. There may be events from our past that we find deeply shaming.
It can be hard work trying to keep these feelings suppressed. Doing so can lead to anxiety, low self-esteem & a sense of shame.
It can be a relief to share our fantasies, dreams & aspirations knowing that they will be received non-judgmentally; all too often others shut us down when we want to be heard. This leads to isolation & a sense of being disconnected from others. It can also be helpful to discuss the various things that stimulate us.
I believe that life is not binary & that we are not binary; I work with & believe in diversity. I have worked with gay, bi & questioning/queer clients. I also work with Trans clients. Counselling can help to reflect on the way we relate to others; we can explore intimacy, boundaries & the sort of relationship we want to have.
I am experienced in working with people who are hard of hearing; I have some basic Sign Language, use Sign Supporting English & have used a ‘Total Communication’ approach with young people.
Practice descriptionI am not working face to face at the moment (due to COVID). I now work with clients via a video call.
This will be reviewed monthly in line with Government and BACP guidance.
My first session
Our first session is an opportunity for us to see if we could work together.
I believe that it is really important that we both feel comfortable and have a sense that we can grow our working relationship.
Before the first session you may wish to jot down the main issues you would like us to work on. You may have some questions about counselling or wish to share something that you would feel is helpful for future sessions.
Usually our sessions would last about 50 minutes; often the first session is between 50 and 90 minutes long. I think that it is important that you feel that you have had time to share your story and don’t feel rushed – that’s why I am happy to extend our first session (there is no additional fee for this). We can then decide if we feel that we could work together.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Humanistic, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy