Hi, I’m Paul Cullen and I’m A Thirsk Counsellor.

I have lived in North Yorkshire for a decade now, after emigrating from Lancashire where I trained and qualified as a counsellor in 2007.
I have always had an interest in mental health and well-being.  However, academically poor when I left school, I worked in factories as a cabinet-maker for a several years before a series of life experiences and misadventures led me to working in a soup kitchen with people struggling with homelessness, substance misuse, alcoholism alongside mental health difficulties whilst also working as a window cleaner.  I then worked as a support worker and therapist in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and then in a secondary school in pastoral care whilst I was training as a counsellor.
I moved to North Yorkshire and married, also now a father; I now spend my days working in mental health and continuing to practice counselling for a local charity.
Alongside time with my family I also try to get out into nature, by a pond, fishing for whatever comes along.  I find it peaceful and it allows me to connect with a part of myself that is usually busy with life.
There have been times in my life that were  not as blissful as they are today, but I realise now that we all carry our emotional luggage through our life.  Sometimes when that emotional luggage becomes heavy, it can be helpful to sit down with someone and take time to stop, and be still and look through that luggage before carrying on.
Although this list is not exhaustive, I have experience of working with,
Addictions, Anxiety and Worry, Abuse, Bereavement, Depression and Low Mood, Anger, Frustration, Loneliness, Rejection, Relationships (NOT COUPLES),Self harming behaviours, Suicidal Thoughts…  
If you would like to find out more about counselling and how I can support you, please go to the What I Offer page.
Please feel free to browse the site, or read my blogs in the archive.
Sincerely Yours
Paul, A Thirsk Counsellor

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