Paul believes in providing an environment which is based on being non-judgmental and authentic in order to foster trust in the working relationship with clients. He enables clients to be expressive, in the knowledge that they are bringing their emotions and experiences into a safe space. By using a person-centred approach, Paul promotes the autonomy of the client, letting them set the pace and he uses a non-directive approach when communicating. Being able to work psychodynamically, Paul can help clients explore their past experiences and make connections to the present-day emotional conflicts and anxieties that they might face. With the understanding that one size does not fit all, Paul treats each client as the unique individual that they are. In doing so he tailors the way of working to the client’s needs, to unlock the self-awareness needed to gain more confidence and a sense of wellbeing within themselves.
With a background in both supporting people in their use of technology and his years working with children and families in a residential capacity, Paul understands the pressures faced both within a corporate setting and family environments. He understands that if issues around diversity, financial hardship, relationships and loss among others go unchecked, they can lead to the development of unhealthy coping strategies and can negatively impact on relationships and personal health.
Paul is an integrative counsellor and a student member of the BACP. He is currently training for his diploma in therapeutic counselling. He works for The Awareness Centre’s low-cost counselling service in Tooting.