Paul Croal

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'When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail'. Abraham Maslow

Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a weekly commitment where we meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes. I offer evidence-based psychological therapy which is collaborative, respectful and tailored to you. Psychotherapy's aim is to help us understand ourselves, our lives and to foster expanding consciousness. I aim to support you to improve the quality of your life, whatever that may mean to you. I hope that you get to know and accept who you truly are and find meaning in the difficulties that life presents. By gaining insight, there's a possibility you can take charge of your life and implement change. I aim to respect all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, religions and any other individual differences.

An individuals pace and learning process is unique. That said, those that show commitment and perseverance to the process get the best results. We have a deeper and wiser self which senses what's required to unfold and develop. Currently existing destructive patterns of behaviour or negative thinking can block this process and I will challenge this. We will work together to discover what really matters to you and what stops you from getting it. I will both support and challenge you to work through historical unfinished business and the related associated unprocessed emotion.

I attempt to identify and build on an individuals strengths and resources while together we tackle the existing problems. I expect that you to take 100% responsibility for your own recovery and life process. During the process, you may gain awareness of how you have not done so in the past. I place the therapeutic relationship as central in psychotherapy using multiple integrative models to create a way of working which makes sense to both of us. It's always a collaborative process.

My approach is both 'embodied' and 'somatic'. Our brains, bodies, nervous systems, guts and hearts are all interconnected and reciprocal. Our experiences in the body also, therefore, affect thoughts and emotions. The body can, therefore, be used to access and process implicit memory-making what is unconscious conscious. Also, our work may focus on utilising and enhancing your individual strengths and in developing the potential which may be lying dormant in you.

'If you take care of the minutes, the years take care of themselves'

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