My name is Paul Collison, I am an online and face to face therapist.
I work as an integrative practitioner who uses person-centred counselling skills combined with a psychodynamic approach to support individuals heal from their issues.
If your life feels confusing and difficult and you wonder how you will ever work through it, then counselling can help you to heal and move on with your life.
I will enable you to get in touch with feelings or emotions which may have previously been too painful or frightening for you to feel.
I have always been interested in how the human mind works and how our past experiences can affect our present life. From a young age, I seemed to have had an innate awareness and understanding of people.
I am passionate about helping people find their way in life. I have a natural ability to help people feel comfortable in my company. I work with many different issues. I will help you find solutions in your life. I offer both counselling and practical steps to your problems.
I believe in taking time out of our busy lives to hear our own voices communicate our emotions and feelings. It is not easy reaching out to a therapist, I have been on my own personal journey, so I know how it feels.
Together we can journey through your challenges and help you to get back on track with your life.
I work with many different issues with special interest in:
- Stress, burnout
- Low self-esteem
- The Inner critic
- Trauma and complex trauma
- Lack of motivation
- Fear of change
- Feeling low
- Negative thinking
- Self-limiting beliefs
I am also a Relate trained therapist, where I gained vital skills with helping couples on their journey of personal growth and development. I always keep in mind and respect how hard it might be opening up to a third person about a private matter within a relationship.
I also acknowledge the pain and confusion that brings a couple to make this step.
I believe working with couples is different to working with individuals. The reason I feel it is different is because working with one person is about building a therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. When working with couples the relationship stays with the couple and I help the relationship build.
My job is to help with communication and unspoken emotions. When emotions are high it is difficult to hear each other, this is when it is helpful to have a trained professional like myself in the room to help navigate feelings.
Initially it is most effective to have 6 sessions, we have an initial session together and then we have a session each individually, the first three sessions are information gathering as well as counselling work.
We then come back together to work through helpful tools for communication and the best ways forward for you both. We can evaluate(after the sixth session) how we all think therapy is going and to consider what is needed moving forward.
I work from the Practice Rooms in central Bath and Bristol, the rooms offer a quiet and peaceful environment for clients to feel safe and relaxed in.
I am now having great success with many couples and individuals via zoom or telephone, this gives clients the opportunity to see me from their homes or quiet workspaces on breaks.
I work with many different issues with a special interest in:
- Infidelity: lack of trust following an affair
- Different parenting ideals
- Lack of intimacy or conflicting physical needs
- Communication breakdown
- How financial stress impacts the relationship
- Anger issues or aggressive behaviour
- Alcoholism or drug addiction within the relationship
- Drifting apart emotionally or physically
Payments can be made by Bank transfer in advance of the session or cash on the day
Once you have decided you would like an appointment with me, I will ask if you can make daytime appointment or if you would require evenings. Once we have agreed on a convenient time, I can then book the session in.
Please contact me for more information or to book your first session using the following methods:
I am more than happy for you to call for a free brief consultation to see how you feel working with me.