My Background

I have particular interest and experience in supporting clients struggling with anxiety, family trauma, life transitions and health issues. I am especially experienced in supporting those with life changing medical diagnoses, chronic and degenerative illnesses, their families, friends and carers.

Having lived with Parkinson’s Disease for almost 30 years, I have a personal understanding of the challenges a degenerative illness brings. The personal therapy I have undertaken along the way has been invaluable, helping me to navigate what has, at times, been a very difficult path. It has also helped me move beyond the trauma and find fulfillment, meaning and joy in my life. This is why I decided to train to become a therapist and why I am so passionate about supporting people who find themselves feeling lost, confused and emotionally distressed.

Ill health can create a lot of anxiety and stress, both for the person suffering with the illness and those around them. Waiting for test results can leave patients, family and friends feeling traumatised, and a diagnosis of a serious medical condition has the potential to turn many lives upside down.


How Counselling Can Help

When we are faced with personal difficulties we may find that over time the coping strategies we have relied on are no longer working and, indeed, may be doing us harm. We can feel worn down and no longer able to cope in the way we used to, or feel we must put a brave face on what is understandably a very challenging situation.

At a time like this it can be difficult to know who to talk to. People we are close to might e part of the issue. Even with loved ones we can trust, we may be afraid to express all of our anxieties, frustrations and concerns to those we love for fear of upsetting them or because we may feel guilt or shame about some of the things we are thinking and feeling. 

Whether it is a chronic and degenerative illness you are dealing with, or any of the issues listed above I will be honored to support you through this difficult time.

Having Parkinson’s does not mean I have all the answers, but it does mean I have had to ask myself a lot of the questions. My path with Parkinson’s and the path you find yourself on may not be the same, but working together, with empathy and without judgement, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment, we can explore your experience and help you to find a way forward that works for you.

Arranging an Appointment

To help you decide if I am the right therapist for you I offer a free, no obligation 20 minute phone call. This will be an opportunity to discuss your therapeutic needs, let you know how I can work to support you and answer any questions you may have.

 

Fees

Face to Face Appointments £50, Phone Appointments £50. Payable by bank transfer.

My practice days and appointment time slots are:

Wednesdays: 2pm & 3.15pm 

Thursdays: 2pm & 3.15pm. 

Qualifications

Psychotherapist in Advanced Clinical Training and Supervision with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Transactional Analysis)

Continuous Professional Development Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)

Suicide and Self Harm

Existential Therapy

Breath Work & Embodiment

Shame and Resilience

Body Awareness and Vitality

Finding Balance in an Ever-Changing World

Counselling Online

 

Professional Bodies

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). 

United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysts (UKATA)

European Association of Transactional Analysts (EATA)

International Transactional Analysts Association (ITAA)

Registration and Insurance:

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I hold professional liability insurance.

In addition, I have regular supervision which allows me to reflect on and explore my practice, and to review and assess my client work so that I maintain competence and professionalism. I also undertake regular Continuous Personal Development (CPD) to enhance my current knowledge and develop new therapeutic ways to support my clients.

Paul Betney - Psychotherapist in Advanced Clinical Training and Supervision.

Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis.  MBACP (Reg)

Hello, my name is Paul. Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to look at my bio.

Firstly, I understand that starting therapy can seem like a daunting prospect when there is so much going on already.  I am a compassionate and genuine therapist who will walk you through those first steps at your own pace. In my practice I can offer you a confidential space were you will have the opportunity to express your life experiences and personal difficulties without judgement.

My Therapeutic Approach

The approach I work with is Transactional Analysis (TA). TA is a theory of personality and a system for personal growth and change. I put emphasis on an open and equal dialogue between my client and myself which focuses on empowering individuals as well as understanding the relationships we form with others. I work with a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships.

I can offer therapeutic support for the issues listed below:

* Anxiety  * Depression  * Bereavement & Loss  * Anger

* Health Issues & Long Term Illness  * Life Transitions  * OCD

* Relationship Problems  * Stress  * Guilt & Shame  * PTSD 

* Men's Issues  * Low Self-esteem  *Ex Services

* Suicidal Thoughts  * Self Belief & Confidence  * Fear & Panic 

* Personal Development  * Family Trauma   

 

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