Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
You as a human being, you have a choice. And you can choose. You can choose to gain victory over yourself—or you can choose to try to pursue, for the rest of your life, trying to gain victory over your problems. In one, you will never win—in one you’ve got a fair shot. Prem Rawat
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. In searching for a counsellor you have already taken a significant step in the right direction towards self-awareness and personal growth. You may be feeling overwhelmed or upset by current difficulties or be concerned that you're not feeling what you "should" be feeling about something or someone. I can provide a safe, confidential space in which together we can explore what's going on for you. I will support you to understand and accept yourself and/ or identify and implement change in your life.
I focus on the individual and their immediate needs. I will take time to find out about you and what has brought you to Counselling. I aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for you to talk about whatever it is that is troubling you. I will follow your pace whilst listening, offering support and providing insights and challenges to your way of thinking. I trained to be a Counsellor because I have experienced the benefits of it myself, and it inspired me to help others.
My name is Paul and I am a qualified therapist and Member of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists. More importantly, I am a survivor! I was diagnosed with C-PTSD (Complex PTSD) due to adverse childhood experiences and PTSD from my career in the military. Having undergone trauma therapy myself and experienced first-hand the immense benefits that it can bring, I decided to study to become a qualified therapist and Retreat to Advance was born. Why the name 'Retreat to Advance'? Often, we need to go back over past traumas, issues and difficulties in order then to go forward and thrive.
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Searching for support can feel very overwhelming and can evoke a lot of difficult emotions. However, the willingness to face yourself is one of the bravest challenges you can undertake. As a counsellor, I believe it is fundamental to create a compassionate, warm, and safe space for you to explore yourself and your problems. My aim is to help you leave sessions feeling heard, understood, accepted, and with greater clarity. I endeavour to create an honest, individual, and meaningful therapeutic relationship with you. Our sessions will always be centred around your needs, interests, and preferences.
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Is online therapy a good option?
Therapy conducted online or over the phone can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.
What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?
Therapists, psychologists, and counsellors are all licensed mental health professionals. In many countries, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counsellor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counsellors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.
What type of therapist is right for me?
Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counsellor who can offer short-term, targeted support.
Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?
The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors. Many have been licensed by the country where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counselling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.
What type of therapy is right for me?
The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.
Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?
Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.