PAUL GRIMMER

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST

Paul grimmer cbt therapist portrait

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

Hi, my name is Paul. I am a psychotherapist with extensive experience supporting people in emotional and psychological distress. This may be linked with current problems or more complex, longstanding difficulty originating in childhood. My specialism is working with people who have experienced trauma or adversity of some kind and struggle to feel safe and secure in the relationships they have with themselves, other people and the wider world.

Difficult and unprocessed past experiences can affect us at a deep neurobiological (mind-body) level, outside of our conscious awareness. The legacy of these experiences can leave us on high alert, easily triggered into feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, shame and depression. Or on a rollercoaster of emotional or nervous system dysregulation, swinging between highs and lows.

My therapy approach is human centred, compassion focused and trauma sensitive. This means that I am interested in creating a non-judgemental, accepting and safe space for compassionate exploration of your difficulties. Within this space we can understand together how your recent or distant past experiences might be keeping you stuck in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and being. The goal of therapy is to support healing and growth by helping you to reconnect with a felt sense of safety in the present moment.

I provide one-to-one therapy to adults over 18 years of age. I offer targeted short term or longer-term intervention depending on your goals and needs. I am trained in a number of psychotherapeutic modalities – EMDR, CFT, DDP, CBT and neurobiologically informed practices and can integrate these to create a unique therapeutic intervention that is responsive to your individual goals and needs. I am also able to incorporate somatic (body based) approaches, breath work, mindfulness and creative practices into our work.

My core professional training within the NHS was as an Occupational Therapist. I subsequently trained as a psychotherapist. I have worked in a range of NHS settings including forensic services, primary care psychotherapy and the specialist veteran’s trauma services. I continue to work in the NHS part time as a senior psychotherapist in a specialist service providing consultation and training around trauma and attachment.

Training and qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Attachment Focused EMDR
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Dynamic Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP) level 1
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

ACCREDITATION TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • BABCP Fully Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
  • HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

  • Trauma (including complex, developmental and interpersonal trauma)
  • Difficulties originating in childhood – abuse (including childhood sexual abuse), neglect, disrupted attachment and abandonment.
  • Somatic (in the body) difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties (self and others)
  • Difficulties associated with shame and self-criticism.
  • Therapeutic parenting for children who have experienced early life trauma and disrupted attachment.

INVEST IN YOURSELF AND YOUR WELLBEING

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR THERAPISTS

We carry out rigorous checks and vet all our therapists before they join the team. They must meet with our high standards of professional specification which includes:

First, we carry out a triage step during a 15-minute free initial telephone consultation. Depending on the challenges you’re facing, we will then recommend a counsellor, CBT therapist or clinical psychologist.

We also have clinic locations throughout the North, so there is usually one not too far from you.

As a result, we can usually offer an appointment quickly and at a time and place convenient for you. But, above all, tailored to your needs.