Paul’s specialisms as a Consultant Psychotherapist (CBT) are post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and addiction. Accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, he’s also qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to be highly effective for treating many psychological difficulties, and is regularly cited by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as the first line treatment for disorders such as depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and many more. Some more psychological difficulties CBT has been scientifically proven to be highly effective in treating are: • Anxiety • Panic/phobias • Trauma • Sexual abuse • OCD • Eating disorders • Psychosis • Bipolar disorder • Body dysmorphic disorder • Personality problems • Chronic fatigue syndrome • Depression • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Adjustment disorder • Low self-esteem • Substance misuse/dual diagnosis • Pain management • Sexual dysfunction • Complex grief • Morbid jealousy As well as having extensive experience in the above areas, I’m an expert and specialist in post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, addictions and anxiety disorders.
I am a consultant psychotherapist and clinical lead for psychotherapy in a forensic setting. I’m also a qualified eye movement desensitisation (EMDR) practitioner, an expert in addictions and accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
My 21-year experience in the NHS has seen me work in a variety of settings including acute psychiatry, primary care psychology (recent onset, less complex psychological problems), and secondary care psychology (severe and enduring psychological and psychiatric problems). My postgraduate specialist training is in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.
I work in forensic psychology during the day, but also have an extremely successful private practice that deals predominantly with medico-legal related problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma, but also for a variety of other psychological difficulties presented by people self-referring to my clinic. In 2007 I was referred and recommended by solicitors to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as an expert witness for inclusion on their database. I have many referrals through recommendation and word of mouth, and was commended as being among the top three psychotherapists in the country by one particular medico-legal company.
2003 Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
University of Manchester
1992 Registered Mental Nurse
Stanley Royd School of Nursing
Bsc (Hons) Psychology
Consultant Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead
Cheswold Park Hospital
2010 - Present
Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Department of Psychological Healthcare
2003 - 2010
Senior Staff Nurse
Substance Misuse Unit, Kendray Hospital
1999 - 2004
Charge Nurse and Unit Manager Of an in-patient detoxification unit.
Staff Nurse/Senior Staff Nurse
Pontefract General Infirmary
1992 - 1998
Adult Mental Health
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