How I can help

As a trained and qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, I provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment in which you can open up and be listened to.

Athletes are not immune to developing emotional and psychological problems. You can experience many mental health challenges, such as sport-related stress, long-term injury and difficulties adapting to new teams or environments. You can often lose your self-belief and self-confidence, both of which can have a hugely negative impact on performance.

Looking after your own wellbeing is essential, therefore, and this is where therapy can help. My counselling sessions are based upon offering encouragement rather than dishing out advice and, as we talk through your issues, I’ll help you to explore your feelings, beliefs and behaviours with a view to improving your self-awareness and building your self-confidence.

I’ll encourage you to draw upon your own strengths, abilities and resources in order to work through your issues. You’ll also learn how to reach your own conclusions and identify suitable strategies, which will hopefully help you to move forward. Always be mindful that you are your own expert; my role is simply to guide and support you.

“Paul’s knowledge and experience was invaluable. He listened, he understood, and he helped me work through my challenges. Our therapy sessions allowed me to move forward with my sporting career, and I can’t thank him enough.”

– JD

How I work – my approach

My psychotherapeutic counselling approach incorporates a variety of techniques to suit your specific and individual needs. This may include Person-Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprogramming (EMDR) and Hypnotherapy.

Person-Centred Therapy

PCT is a non-directive approach to talk therapy. As the client, you actively take the reins during each therapy session while I, as your therapist, will act as a guide and a source of support. The goal is for you to achieve greater independence of thought, which will enable you to cope with your problems more effectively.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a very popular form of talk therapy which can be used to treat a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. CBT is based on the idea that the way we think (cognition), the way we feel (emotion) and the way we act (behaviour) all interact together. This process aims to manage symptoms of various mental health conditions, primarily anxiety, low mood and depression.

EMDR

EMDR is a unique and highly specialised form of psychotherapy that helps people process memories and experiences which may have affected their behaviour and emotions. It can be particularly useful for individuals who’ve suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including athletes coping with long-term injury and enforced retirement.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a gentle and effective technique that can help individuals in many different ways. Reassuringly straightforward, this form of therapy allows your subconscious mind to absorb useful suggestions which can help combat issues such as stress, anxiety, and lack of confidence, all of which can disrupt your day-to-day life.