Training & Accreditation
Paul holds a BSc First Class Honours Degree (Level 8) in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College/Middlesex University. He is also currently in training as a Sex and Relationship Therapist with the Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology.
Paul adheres to the code of ethics of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and has pre-accredited membership with this organisation. He is also adhered to the code of ethics and is a student member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists.
My aim as a therapist is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space to enable you to be curious, explore, and develop awareness that can lead to positive personal growth. The purpose of therapy is to welcome in all experiences, feelings and aspects of you that may not have a voice in everyday life and journey compassionately with them together. I work within an integrative framework which means I adapt how I work with a client to help achieve their therapy goals. For example, the short-term management of depression, anxiety and emotional distress or the more long-term exploration and understanding of grief and loss or working towards living more authentically by gaining conscious awareness and understanding of individuality, sexuality, gender and relationships.
Experience & Areas of Interest
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand the difficulties that can come from navigating through life within an environment that is at odds with who and how you are. This can lead to negative effects on mental and physical well-being within the Queer community, such as internalised homophobia, substance abuse, feelings of fear and isolation, and experiences of intimidation and violence.
Of course, any individual that is perceived as being different in this world can suffer distress. Journeying towards individuality is a step away from the collective norm. I practice Queer affirming therapy recognising and validating the diversity, intersectionality and difference within our multicultural society and enabling clients to embrace and celebrate their authentic selves.