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16th December 2017 
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About Me

PAUL V Ricketts, PhD, MA, BA Hons, Registered and Private Practice Register ADMP-UK, Registered MBACP, Cert Ed, FIDTA, FHEA.

I originally worked in electronics and electrical maintenance, then domestic appliance repair and servicing, before changing direction and moved into lecturing in FE firstly in electrical maintenance before I moved into the area of teaching media studies and performing arts before beginning my counselling training in 2000. In 2004, I then changed direction again and worked in sexual, emotional and mental health for vulnerable young men.

Since 2003 I have continued my professional training to include dance movement psychotherapy as well as gaining experience working in a number of settings including the NHS, charity and voluntary sector as well as private practice. I have experience of coordinating and managing a dedicated NHS counselling and psychotherapy service for a brief period providing staff cover. This also included providing psychotherapeutic counselling for patients with HIV at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

I began my career in counselling and psychotherapy by volunteering for a NHS and MIND mental health setting, and in GP surgeries in North Warwickshire, before moving into paid employment in the NHS. I worked there for 10 years with individuals and couples often with complex difficulties whilst continuing my psychotherapy training. Alongside this I worked freelance for the Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT). At the same time, I completed a doctorate at Coventry University with a view to continuing a career in Higher Education and subsequently made a positive move into the professional training of dance movement psychotherapists and creative expressive therapy facilitators at Derby University.

As well as having extensive experience of working with whatever issue or issues people bring to counselling or DMP, I do have an interest in working with difference and diversity in all it's forms. I have a deep respect for the differences that exist in people and it is this that reinforces my commitment to promoting equal opportunities as well as working with people in an anti-discriminatory and respectful way.


Professional Training

A series of workshops in Relational Living Body Psychotherapy developed by Julianne Apel-Opper, Berlin.
Two year training in Developmental and Somatic Psychotherapy developed by Dr Ruella Frank, NYC, USA. (2011-13).
Four year training in Gestalt Psychotherapy - York Psychotherapy Training Centre, a member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI), UK, (2010-12). I now hold their Certificate of Completion (2016).


Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - (2014)
Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Movement Psychotherapy - (Roehampton University, London, 2005)
Post Graduate Certificate in Dance Movement Psychotherapy - (Roehampton University, London, 2004)
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - (Accredited by Warwick University and BACP, Tile Hill College, Coventry, 2003)
Certificate in Counselling Skills - (Tile Hill College, 2001)
Introduction to Counselling - (Tile Hill College, 2000)


Academic Qualifications

PhD in Dance, Cultural Studies - (Coventry University, 2012)
MA in Media & Culture - (Coventry University, 1998)
BA Hons in Communication Studies - (Coventry University, 1996)
Certificate in Education - (Warwick University, 1992)
C&Gs 730 Adult Education (Tile Hill College, 1991)


Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Association (HEA).
Member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology GB (AHP).
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP) on the Private Practice Register with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP-UK).
Triple Fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).
Friend Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI).
Associate Member of the U.K. Association of Gestalt Practitioners (UKAGP).
Dance UK's health care practitioners directory offering my services to dancers in the UK. http://www.danceuk.org/medical-practitioners-directory/md/profile/1622/