My name is Paul and I am a registered psychotherapeutic counsellor and dance movement psychotherapist offering a friendly, confidential, sensitive professional service to adult clients, couples and groups of all ages and backgrounds in Coventry and Warwickshire. I have 13 years full, part time and voluntary experience working in a variety of public sector and charitable organisations.
In addition to my independent work for Quiet Mindz, I deliver psychotherapeutic counselling for a private therapy group in Worcestershire and freelance dance movement psychotherapy for an arts charity in Birmingham. My private practice is based at convenient locations in Coventry,Warwickshire and Worcestershire and I am able to offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments.
I have extensive training in humanistic counselling, gestalt psychotherapy, developmental and somatic psychotherapy, and relational living body psychotherapy and I usually get a sense of what combination of these approaches will help you in our initial meeting. After building a professional therapeutic relationship and gaining my own understanding of what your difficulties are, I provide a safe environment for difficult thoughts and feelings to be spoken about, evaluated and changed. Over time you will gradually come to a new, more helpful understanding about what, how and why you think and feel. My approach focuses on how psychological and emotional issues are manifested in the body, it's processes and how that affects how we deal with psychological and emotional difficulties and therefore our relationships and ways of relating.
You do not need a referral from a GP to make an appointment with me. Coming to see me does not always have to be about the problems or difficulties you are facing - it can also help enhance your life by talking through your aspirations to promote personal growth and self-development.
In my psychotherapeutic counselling practice, I have worked with individuals who have suffered from a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress, loss, managing difficult feelings, trauma, relationship and identity issues. I have gained much of my experience working with complex cases in a dedicated NHS counselling and psychotherapy setting, in either short, medium or long term modes of working - supporting my clients to make meaningful and sustainable changes to their lives.
I describe my practice in psychotherapeutic counselling as humanistic and integrative in orientation. Humanistic simply means that I work with you as a whole human being, a person, a person who we believe has the postive human potential to improve their life and living should they wish or want to. Integrative means that I integrate, as appropriate, various techniques, skills etc from a range of counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches, but my overall approach is influenced largely by Humanistic and particularly Gestalt Psychotherapy
I work with individuals and couples offering short or medium term focused work and quite often clients who come to see me have 6 - 8 sessions, and others long-term in-depth psychotherapeutic counselling. With nearly 15 years post qualifying experience with 10 years in the NHS working with a range of clients, as a psychotherapeutic counsellor I am able to work at depth with clients who present with either one or more complex issues at a deeper psychological and emotional level. shorter-term psychotherapeutic counselling engagements I have found the best strategy is to focus on helping you to use your existing strengths and resources in new ways. Longer-term work provides the opportunity for working through more entrenched difficulties helping you to make subtle but important changes not merely to what you do but who you are.
I am experienced in and work with the following areas:
Some personality disorder traits
Work related stress
I am now offering clinical supervision to counsellors as well as trainee and newly qualified dance movement psychotherapists. I also offer clinical supervision to those professionals who work in the areas of social work, education or the like, who feel they would benefit from exploring various issues that concern them in a safe, confidential space.
It may be that you feel psychotherapeutic counselling/group therapy is not what you are really looking for. Perhaps you just need a conversation in order to clarify the thoughts that are looping in your mind resulting in confusion. Maybe you feel your thoughts contradict one another, and create conflict so that you can’t see the wood for the trees.
Bringing together my experience in personal development and studies in creativity, communication, media and culture, I offer one-to-one personal consultancy to aid such dilemma and help you find a way forward by identifying your values and beliefs, with an aim for you to work towards what really matters in your life.
This type of consultation may be booked as a one-off meeting, or as a short series of meetings, which is different from longer term open-ended psychotherapeutic counselling.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy
In addition to my practice as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, I am also a qualified and experienced Dance Movement Psychotherapist with over 10 years post qualifying experience of working with a range of groups using a specialised form of "Group Therapy" based on creative expressive movement, creative art materials and verbal dialogue.
Personal Therapy for Dance Movement Psychotherapists and Counsellors in training.
As a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) on the ADMP Private Practice Register, I offer trainee DMPs personal therapy (in accordance with UKCP guidelines for DMP trainings) with a few low cost places available.
I am also available for personal therapy for counsellors in training with or without emphasis on movement. For further details, do please contact me.
NEW: Taster sessions in creative expressive movement groups at a convenient location in Coventry - Autumn 2016, Spring 2017.
I have experience of working with organisations, institutions and companies offering employees an alternative to existing employee assistance programmes; including group therapy, individual therapy, creative approaches, mindfulness and body focussed therapy.
I also offer a consultancy service to organisations, institutions and companies who require assistance in exploring and understanding any communication or relationship difficulties employees may have using an integrated movement observation analysis based on Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) and semiotics. I can also offer movement based group work to explore those difficulties or to explore and develop the creative or communicative potential of their employees.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and also on the Private Practice register of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP-UK). I abide by their respective codes of ethics and am subject to their complaints procedures.
DBS: I hold enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance for working with vulnerable adults and young children, updated every 3 years.
Insurance: I hold Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance for all my work as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and dance movement psychotherapist.
Continuous professional development (CPD): It is a professional requirement to continually update my knowledge, experience and understanding by undertaking regular CPD every year.
("Quiet Mindz" is a registered business name)
What to do next?
A good way to find out more about who I am and what I can offer is to call me for a free, no-obligation 30 minute consultation. It is important for our work that you are happy and comfortable with the service I provide. I am happy to offer this in person rather than on the phone as it serves the process of assessment for each of us far better. Since I am sometimes with other clients or teaching I may not always be able to pick up the phone, but I will always try to return calls as soon as I can.
Please note that I do not take calls from withheld numbers, canvassers and cold callers etc. This line is for clients only.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from you soon.