About Paul Barrett

Counselling & Psychotherapy in London

About Paul

Undertaking therapy can often be a challenging prospect, especially so if this is your first time seeking this kind of support. Equally, it can prove to be a deeply rewarding journey of self-discovery which facilitates positive growth. It is Paul’s intention to co-create a safe environment in which you may become empowered, educated and inspired to awaken your own inner creative healing potential. Paul has a proven track record in helping many clients move forwards with their lives. Paul’s own experience of therapy informs his gentle and empathetic approach. It is Paul’s intention to co-create a safe environment in which you may become empowered, educated and inspired to awaken your own inner creative healing potential.

Paul is a member of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He abides by the ethical framework of both bodies. He sees clients for a range of issues for long- and short-term therapy.

He has completed both a 5-year UKCP postgraduate diploma course in counselling and psychotherapy and a foundation course in counselling at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE). Paul also has experience of using therapeutic interventions with clients suffering from alcohol misuse at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Paul continues to build upon his professional development and seeks to broaden his knowledge on a regular basis. He has been involved in providing pro bono work to The Volunteer Centre, Kensington & Chelsea and has been recognised for his commitment to this invaluable, no-charge counselling service.

How counselling and therapy can help

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychotherapist. Grounded mainly in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental. Together, you and a psychotherapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

Counselling is also about helping you to make sense of your thoughts and feelings. This is not always easy to do alone. Counselling can provide the support you might need to bring about change and peace to your life.

The key difference between the two therapeutic communication treatments lies in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients over a longer period and draws from insights into emotional problems and difficulties.

Which problems can psychotherapy and counselling help with?

The simple answer is that whatever the problem, counselling and therapy can probably help. The most common reasons that lead people to seek a therapist’s help are:

  • Addictions including alcohol, drugs, sex and gambling
  • Anger
  • Abusive relationships
  • Childhood trauma
  • Resentment
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • Panic attacks
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

How Paul works

“Counselling and psychotherapy can be a successful way of exploring very personal issues.  It’s therefore crucial that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that you can trust and understand the process. I believe in working cognitively to stabilise clients before working more creatively. Creative ways of working can include visualisations, sand trays and symbolism. I will explain thoroughly what each method entails before we begin. In a first consultation, we can discuss any questions you may have about the therapeutic process and what you hope to gain from the sessions.”

Paul offers several forms of counselling, including one-to-one, group therapy, business coaching and life coaching. He also runs workshops which use a powerful Gestalt-based intervention to free participants from the shackles of their past.

Paul’s approach to counselling and psychotherapy is always one of no blame, no shame. Boundaries will be discussed before any therapy is initiated and it is always Paul’s aim that the client is happy and comfortable each step of the way.

What makes a good therapist?

Finding someone you can build a rapport with and can trust with personal details as well as a host of emotions is vital. Your chosen therapist should ideally possess the following qualities:

  • A sophisticated set of interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to build trust, understanding and belief from the client.
  • The ability to make a connection with the client.
  • An understanding of the client’s condition.
  • Has a treatment plan and allows it to be flexible.
  • Monitors patient progress.
  • Offers hope and realistic optimism.
  • Is reflective.
  • Relies on best research evidence.
  • Continually improves through professional development.