WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN....
You’ll not be surprised that counselling involves talking with each other (often known as ’Talking Therapy’) which gives us the chance to explore your thoughts and feelings and what effect they are having. You can take more control of how you deal with the thoughts that pop into your head. This in turn helps you to become more confident and builds resilience.
We may look at your life events and work out if any of your earlier experiences are affecting you negatively now (psychotherapeutic). Gaining a better understanding of this can help you deal with things in a different, more positive way.
'Talking' can include all forms of communication so telephone work and online work can be equally effective as face to face and evidence suggests it can often be more effective. They can be used separately or as a mix of support, whatever is best for you.
A BIT MORE EXPLANATION
A clearer mind....
Always remember that you will be in ultimate charge of the process and as I suggest ideas or targets for you, we work together to make sure they are right for you (person-centred counselling).
There are a lot of descriptions and theories about counselling out there which can be confusing. Remember that whatever title or description therapy work is given, it is all designed to help you so don’t worry too much about the label. All practising
counsellors should be a member of a professional body to ensure that we follow a code of conduct and ethics and always try to do what is best for the client. The relationship with your counsellor is often more important than the approach they use.
NO OBLIGATION OR PRESSURE....
Give it a try....
The relationship and trust between client and counsellor is all important. Online work is conducted via encrypted media. Difficult and personal things are often discussed and be assured that, unless there are safeguarding issues, what is said in a session is kept between us. It can be a big step to take but taking that first step is you beginning to take back control. When you feel physically unwell, you visit a doctor so it's very important similarly, that we seek professional help if we feel mentally unwell. You may not know what is wrong only that, 'I just don't feel right' but don't ignore that feeling.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT....
Get in touch....
I offer face to face counselling sessions and for this I use the excellent facilities at Azure Therapy Centre, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside (https://www.azuretherapy.com/). Telephone and online support offers you the opportunity to be where you are comfortable. To make initial contact with me just use the contact form below, email me or ring me (you may need to leave a message; I'll get back to you asap). We'll then arrange a session and I'll ask you to provide some details about yourself and we'll agree how to proceed. The number of sessions is decided by what feels right for you.
Please read my Informed Consent document:
A LITTLE ABOUT ME.....
My name's Paul and I'm based in the north east of England. I am trained as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Certified Online Therapist and Hypnotherapist which, in short, means I have studied a wide range of therapies. I will use this knowledge to work with you and develop an approach you are comfortable with. As well as face to face support, I am qualified to offer telephone support, email counselling, online chat and video chat. This gives clients a great choice as you can be at home or anywhere that is safe and private for you. Online support provides options for those with mobility or disability issues. I work with adults and young people alike.
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (AIM Level 5)
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (AIM Level 4)
Certified Online Therapist (Online Therapy Institute)
Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (AIM Level 3)
Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society
Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
Enhanced DBS Certificate for adults and children
Happy to help.......
I am happy to work with young people and this means those clients who are aged 13 years to 18 years. If you are in this age group, then please read the information in the two documents below:
Informed Consent for Young People:
COST OF SUPPORT
The first stage is for you to contact me in any way you find best. We will have a short chat of about 10 minutes for initial introductions and explanations and this is free. I will ask you to complete and return a questionnaire before our first session. Each session of face to face, telephone, video link and chat is 50 minutes duration. An email support session entails one return email and I will explain this further when we correspond. Please note that payment is in advance of each session. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice before your appointment time will be charged.
Face to Face Support (at Azure Therapy) is £45
per session. Blocks of 3 sessions booked in advance cost £125.
Online Support including telephone is £40 per session. Blocks of 3 sessions booked in advance cost £110
Payment can be made via:
Bank Transfer to Sort Code 09-01-26 Account no. 11134117. Please include your full name as reference.
Debit/Credit Card: with secure third party 'Square' via invoice or app.
Face to face support at Azure offers the additional option of using their secure credit/debit card machine or paying by cash.