Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07719 524249

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Therapist - Peacehaven

Peacehaven BN10
07719 524249
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am an Accredited Integrative Counsellor. This means I've studied more than one approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy and I continue to incorporate other models as well. I see every person as the expert of their own lives with the ability to develop a strong and healthy sense of self-worth. I endeavor to offer you empathy, honesty, acceptance and respect, working mainly from a Person-Centred perspective. To help us work in the Here-and-Now, whilst respecting our pasts and any unresolved difficulties, I use the Gestalt model to maintain a (w)holistic awareness.  Also, as a helpful and easier way to understand our personalities I often refer to Transactional Analysis.  However, most importantly I offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. With over 9 years of professional training and experience I have worked in various fields including alcohol and addiction issues, depression and anxiety, and sexual health and identity issues.  I understand the importance of recognising each person as a unique individual and so I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way, believing we are all fundamentally worthy.

Practice description

Many people choose to have counselling because they are experiencing some kind of difficulty, distress or dissatisfaction in their lives and find it easier to talk to someone who is independent of family and friends. Whatever your background, culture or identity I am willing to hear you and offer therapeutic support.

You may want to change the way you think or behave towards an issue, or you might choose to look more deeply at past experiences, to help make sense of what you are going through. Either online or face to face, I will offer understanding and gentle challenge to help you gain clarity about where you are, where you want to get to and how to move ahead.

For Relationship Counselling, I will teach you a new way to communicate, blame-free, with a focus on positivity.  Just simply having the opportunity to be really heard and listened to by your partner can be profoundly positive for both your relationship and you as individuals. You may not always agree, and that's ok because I will help you find great value in your differences. I will help you to identify any barriers that are stopping you from reaching your relationship goals. You may even uncover some long-held beliefs from your past that are affecting your relationship in the present.  In your sessions we will calmly explore your current problems in a constructive way and consider how you would like to change your relationship for the better, with a focus on realistic, manageable goals. For those who choose to part ways I can help you both to work on an amicable resolution and satisfactory closure.

I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way, and whatever your background, culture or identity you are welcome. As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within their ethical framework. I also engage with regular CPD and Supervision to ensure I provide you with a quality and up-to-date service.

My first session

For both One to One Counselling and Relationship Counselling, the first session is an Introductory Session which gives us an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions. We can explore what you are seeking from Counselling, including any expectations you have and together we can look at how you would like to move forward.

If we decide we would like to work together, we can then arrange a regular time to meet, either online or face to face. I offer open-ended counselling because I believe each person grows and develops at their own pace, and it is your decision when you choose to end. I would however, recommend a minimum of six sessions to become accustomed to the therapy, particularly if you have never experienced Counselling before.

I work with adults only (18+ years old). One to One Counselling sessions are 1 hour long, and for Relationship Counselling I offer 1 hour and 1.5 hour sessions. I offer a limited number of sessions at a reduced rate, depending on circumstance and availability. For online counselling I use the Zoom platform which is encrypted and approved by the BACP.

What I can help with

Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Personal development, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited