Welcome! What gives me great satisfaction in my current working life is helping clients who come to me seeking help with whatever it is that troubles them, be it in their personal, social or work life. I work with a range of clients, issues, difficulties - but often it is about the relationship that they have with themselves, and/or their relationships with others and this can sometimes be childhood related. Sometimes it can mean suffering from depression and/or anxiety.
I offer a friendly, confidential, sensitive professional service to adult clients (18+), couples and groups in Coventry and Warwickshire. As Counsellor Coventry Paul has over 18 years full, part time and voluntary experience working in a variety of public sector and charitable organisations and has been working with people in a therapeutic capacity since 2001.
In addition to private independent work as Counsellor Coventry at Quiet Mindz, Paul has also delivered psychotherapeutic counselling for a private therapy group in Worcester (2014-2020) and body movement psychotherapy for an arts charity in Birmingham (2005-2019).
Counsellor Coventry is based at convenient locations in Coventry and Warwickshire and able to offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments.
You do not need a referral from a GP to make an appointment to see him. Coming to see Counsellor Coventry 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.
Counselling Coventry is within easy access from the M6, M69 and M1 motorways. People also travel from further afield in the West Midlands including, Leicester, Rugby, Daventry, Southam, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon.
He is also available for on line therapy beyond the shores of the UK (Not USA or Canada), in English, and would welcome any enquiries by email in the first instance. To professionals, he also offers supervision as described below and more on the supervision page.
In a little more detail, at Counselling Coventry, Paul has worked with individuals who have suffered from a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress, loss, managing difficult feelings, trauma, relationship, sexuality and identity issues. As a Counsellor Coventry, he has gained much experience working with complex cases in a dedicated NHS counselling and psychotherapy setting, in either short, medium or long term modes of working - supporting their clients to make meaningful and sustainable changes to their lives. The approach is broadly humanistic integrative which includes a blend of gestalt, experiential, experimental, existential and person centred counselling/psychotherapeutic approaches, with a four training in gestalt psychotherapy, to year training in developmental and somatic psychotherapy and relational living body psychotherapy. See the ‘Counselling’ page for further information.
Counselling and Creativity
Paul's specialism is that he can and often works creatively with clients and draws from the physicality/emotionality/psychology/spirituality aspects of dance, movement, the performance art of clowning, various art and media forms - along with the more 'traditional' aspects of counselling such as listening very carefully and developing the therapeutic relationship that is recognised as the core of empowering change in the client. He accepts that not all clients will be open to that way of working and will be respectful and fully honour the needs and wishes of the client.
Perhaps more broadly, Paul recognises that the work of empowering clients is about enabling them to access their own creativity and creative resources in making the changes they wish to gain in their lives perhaps both generally and specifically in resolving what troubles them at the time. See counselling and clowning on the counselling page, for more information as an example of this process.
Counsellor Coventry also offers personal consultancy/coaching where you be offered the time and space to explore and clarify the thoughts in your mind that are resulting in possible confusion with the support of your consultant/coach. 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 of counselling, psychotherapy, personal and professional development and academic studies in creativity, communication, media and culture, and cultural studies, Counsellor Coventry offers one-to-one personal consultancy/coaching to help you find a way forward in what really matters in your work or personal life.
This type of consultation/coaching may be booked as a one-off meeting, or as a short series of meetings, and is different from short, medium or longer term counselling or psychotherapy.
Important things to consider...
It is important for anyone thinking of entering into counselling or psychotherapy to choose the right therapist for them personally. The therapist’s academic qualifications, accreditation, theoretical areas of specialism and interest, whilst very important, are not in my experience the only things to consider when choosing a therapist to work with.
The other aspects that are important are the therapist’s personality, their integrity and their capacity to be with human suffering and the unknown. Your connection and relationship with the therapist will be a significant and vastly important factor in how successful the work is, and, as such, your ‘gut feeling’ of working with the particular therapist will be an important criterion for helping you choose a therapist.
The next step...
You can either email or phone to book a FREE initial meeting (as described on the locations/fees page) OR an assessment session which is chargeable. On initial contact, please provide a little information on what it is that you wish help with, symptoms that you are currently experiencing and what you wish to get out of therapy.
At busy times, while your call might not be immediately answered, I will always try to return calls as soon as possible.
Please note that I do not take calls from withheld numbers, canvassers and commercial callers. This line is for clients only.
Personal Therapy or Supervision for Qualified Counsellors or Counsellors in training.
Coventry Counsellor / Coventry Supervisor is also available for personal therapy for counsellors in training or qualified counsellors with or without emphasis on movement. Having worked with previous students from Coventry University and Warwick University counselling and psychotherapy programmes and therefore having knowledge of the course programmes, Paul is available for personal therapy or supervision for students on whatever academic year of the course programme.
He also offers either personal therapy or supervision to students on counselling or psychotherapy programmes at Colleges or private training providers in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Personal Therapy or Supervision for Qualified DMPs or Students in training
As a past tutor, Paul is uniquely placed to offer personal therapy or additional external supervision to students on the MA DMP programme or BA Hons in Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Well Being programme at Derby University or students on similar MA DMP programmes at Goldsmiths University or Roehampton University and are living in the West Midlands.
As a Registered Body Movement Psychotherapist on the ADMP Private Practice Register, he offers professional trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapists (DMP) personal therapy (in accordance with UKCP guidelines for DMP trainings) with a few low cost places available via negotiation.