Stephen Paul MSc. (Psychological Counselling), P.G.C.E., BA (Hons), Dip. Psychotherapy, Dip. Therapeutic Hypnosis., Dip Coaching, PG Dip Supervision, Registered MBACP
Stephen Paul is a registered psychotherapist with further qualifications in counselling, coaching and supervision. He has practised as a therapist for over thirty five years. He is Past Director of the Centre for Psychological Therapies at Leeds Metropolitan University where he has recently retired after 20 years of service. He was also associate director for the Leeds Met Institute for Spirituality, Religions and Public Life
Stephen is a past Chair of the Personal Relationship and Groupwork Division of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. He has worked extensively in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry and was previously a head teacher of a therapeutic school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. He has also worked as Director of the VSO programme in Bhutan. He is qualified in business and executive coaching.
He led the development of The Centre for Psychological Therapies for over more than 12 years. It became, under his stewardship, the premier centre for training in counselling and psychotherapy in West Yorkshire.
Stephen has tailored in-service training for a number of organisations including MIND, SHIP and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre. He is currently delivering training in coaching to staff at the University of Brighton
He now works as a therapist, trainer, supervisor and coach. He is a senior trainer with Leeds Centre for Psychological Development.
Since the 1990s Stephen has been instrumental in the developmental of a relational approach to therapeutic work which respects and values all the therapeutic traditions. He is co-editor with Sheila Haugh of The Therapeutic relationship: Perspectives and Themes with PCCS books. He has published a further book on The Therapeutic Relationship for Sage and co-edited a Handbook on The Therapeutic Relationship with Divine Charura for McGraw-Hill / Open University Press. He has recdntly co-edited a book on Love and Therapy with Divine Charura for Karnac Books. He has also published book chapters and articles and papers on coaching, group therapy, spirituality and the place of love in the psychological therapies.
Stephen enjoys therapy, coaching and teaching and, latterly, writing. He has developed an increasing interest in non-religious human spirituality and its place in mental health and well-being.
In recent years he has returned to supporting volunteering work with children rescued from railway platforms and the streets and slum projects working with a women experiencing domestic violence in Bhopal India. He continues to support the cause of the Tibetan people. A proportion of income generated by Stephen’s work is given to these causes.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and follow their code of Ethics and Practice.
My orientation is humanistic in that I believe in the inner potential of every individual to grow and develop in ways which are fulfilling, given the right conditions. I work respectfully with each individual to help them achieve their goals. I have over 30 years experience with adults, families and children. I am trained as a client-centred psychotherapist and in all my work I will put the needs of the individual and team to the for and, I endeavour to facilitate….
“I have known Steve for approximately 10 years and he was my tutor throughout my time training to be a therapist at Leeds Metropolitan University, and I have stayed in touch ever since. I believe that he is a great teacher, mentor, writer, and colleague. He has been a source of inspiration, energy, commitment, patience, and support, not only to me, but to those to he comes into contact with. I have no hesitation in recommending Steve - he is a fantastic person to work with.” BD