Paul Martin Associates


Psychotherapy gives people the opportunity to gain further control on their how they overcome the presenting problems and gain further control over their future life.

Psychotherapy is the name given to the range of treatments for emotional and psychological problems.  Psychotherapy now includes the use of other dynamic and effective techniques, developed since the early days of the twentieth century when talking therapy was considered revolutionary and radical.

There are many types and approaches to psychotherapy.  Some therapists specialise in one single approach, others can be described as “integrative”.  That means they integrate different approaches within the overall therapy sessions.

For example, I may use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy incorporating some Systems Family Therapy, along with Hypnotherapy, if that seems the best ways to meet the clients’ needs  and the approaches are acceptable to the client.

The types of therapy that I am trained in and use represent my integrated approach:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Systems Family Therapy
Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling
Hypnotherapy, Holistic Hypnotherapy & Hypnotension
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a cognitive or thought focused psychotherapy that aims to enable a person to identify & replace irrational or unhelpful thoughts, which can in turn create negative or unhelpful behaviours, with more helpful, rational and positive thoughts, leading to more contextually appropriate behaviour patterns.   

Family Therapy is a psychotherapy that acknowledges the contexts of people's families and relationships and encourages the client(s) to understand and respect different perspectives, beliefs, in order to resolve sometimes seemingly complex problems.
Family therapy work can be done with individuals and sub groups of a family, such as couples.  The aim is to promote understanding that promotes positive change.
The theories and practices of family therapy will transfer themselves to other groups, such as within the work environment or in a social setting, anywhere, in fact, where people interact with each other.

Person Centred Therapy devised by Carl Rogers and also called "Client-Centred" or "Rogerian" counselling, is founded on the understanding that the client can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.  

Hypnotherapy is a means by which a person can make rapid and profound changes in their thinking and behaviour.  These changes occur when the person is in a relaxed state, but with their mind alert and aware and an active part of the hypnotherapy process.  
Some frequently targeted problems using hypnosis are:

Smoking cessation

Weight management and diet control

Confidence development

The enhancement of existing skills and abilities, such as with sports

Overcoming limiting fears, such as with public speaking

Pain Management

In truth, there are few problems that cannot be overcome with hypnosis.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy technique originally developed for  treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Associated Trauma States.  As such, it was and still is probably the most effective and efficient treatment for these debilitating problems.  
As research continues to be undertaken it has been further discovered that this therapy is equally useful in the treatment of phobias, pain management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression.
Many of my clients come via the medico legal route and I have extensive experience of working with clients and legal and insurance businesses.  
Most people who come through this route are victim of some kind of trauma, either as a consequence of a crime, accident at work, medical accident or road traffic accident.  I use well established psychometric tests when necessary, for assessment and review, such as CAPS, the PTSD Checklist and the Penn Inventory.  All are reliable and valid.

Other people come on recommendation from a friend or relative who has seen me previously, or recommended by a health specialist.

In some areas where I have a contract with primary care services, people can see me as a referral from their GP.

There are no age limits to the people I see, although it is usual that when working with children they are accompanied by a close adult, most frequently a parent or grandparent.

Young adults are sometimes accompanied; this is usually at theirs and their parents’ discretion.

Equally there is no upper limit to the age of my clients.    

Although most of my clients come as individuals, I see couples and even families, if the situation and the problems require this.

I have also experience in designing and presenting training seminars and
I qualified as an RMN (Registered Mental Nurse) in the early 1980s and from the beginning of my qualified career I became interested in therapy approaches that help people help themselves rather than more traditional and medical focused mental health management and treatment.  During that time I trained in Behavioural Therapy (which developed into CBT), Family Therapy, and client centred and psychodynamic therapy before spending time in research and management.

However, it was only really after I left the National Health Service and started working in the private sector and undertaking training in hypnotherapy,       
Since 1996 I have continued to develop my skills based on my perception of what will actually help clients get practical results and positive change.  I practice without defining people by diagnosis and most of my clients do not take any tranquilisers or antidepressants, choosing instead to undertake psychotherapy and not only resolve their problems but increase their understanding of themselves and their circumstances and recognise their own strengths and positive qualities.

My Qualifications:
 MA (Leeds University) in Quality Assurance in Health & Social Care
 RMN (Registered Mental Nurse)
 Certified practitioner of Holistic Hypnotherapy
 Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
 EMDR Europe Accredited
 Level 1 practitioner for Children & Adolescent EMDR
 EFT Practitioner
 Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
 Certified Hypnotension Therapist

I am accredited by The National Council for Hypnotherapy, The NMC  and EMDRUK&I

The Spire Hospital Hesslewood Clinic, Hesslewood Country Park Hull HU130QF

4 Queen  Street, Leeds LS1 2TW

Tel 07771898548
Many people have times when their lives are affected by some emotional or psychological struggles.  The nature of the problems and how they impact on the sufferers or their families can vary.  

However, it is possible to put some problems into rough categories so that they are easier to identify.  

Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and Adjustment Disorders.  These occur as the result of an event or events, often an accident, a crime or other life changing event.  Left untreated traumas remain unresolved and the effects can remain with a person, often despite their best efforts to put things behind them.

Depression is often described as falling into two categories;
Reactive, which means they are triggered by recent life events such as a loss or redundancy
Endogenous, which means of a long standing, often recurring nature.  This type of depression is the type which is often described as being caused by a chemical imbalance in the serotonin levels.  In truth, even this type of depression has a root cause, often in early life and can, in my experience, respond to psychotherapy.

Stress, Anxiety and Phobic states are where a person experiences strong, sometimes overwhelming feelings of fear and helplessness.  Sometimes these feelings come in intense peaks which are most often described as Panic Attacks.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, where a person feels “compelled” or that their life will be out of control if they do not tidy, clean, lock up, wash their hands, or follow any other ritual, often over several times.  

Addictive, Compulsive Behaviours, often in relation to drugs, alcohol, gambling, repetitive thoughts.

Eating Disorders or other issues where a person may struggle with some aspects of their thinking and behaviour in relation to food.

Being a victim or survivor of Abuse, Violence & Domestic Violence can leave the survivor with a legacy of emotional and psychological issues, from a deep and profound inability to trust people, a fear of being hurt again, deep and profound feelings of hurt and loss as well as other effects that are often recognised as trauma responses.

Performance Improvement.   Some people are looking to improve their performance in an area of their life, such as sports, public speaking, overcoming examination nerves.  

Child, teenager and family difficulties seem to be on the increase, perhaps this may be contributed to by the increasing pressure of life experienced by children and young people or the life and cultural pressures that families are under. Also, children can be affected by the same things that cause adults distress and trauma.

Managing Anger, and other behavioural problems such as smoking cessation, comfort eating or other aspects of diet and weight control, controlling gambling or other negative habits, can cause havoc in the lives of sufferers and their families.

Many people cannot easily put their problems into categories because they feel