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Paul Mousley
BABCP Accredited

Helping you to make sense of your situation and enable you to move forward

Offering a safe, supportive environment in which to listen and explore issues in a confidential manner

Hello, I am Paul Mousley

I’m an experienced accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist registered with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have worked for 25 years in the NHS within adult mental health including 9 years as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in a psychotherapy team.

I work with people who encounter psychological distress through challenges they have faced in life. I help them to make sense of their situation and make changes to move forward. I am motivated to help people and I offer a safe, supportive environment in which to listen and explore issues in a confidential manner. I am warm, compassionate, caring and sensitive to others which I believe are the most important qualities when working with people.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychological approach based on scientific principles that research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. It is evidence-based, with hundreds of clinical trials, and is included in the NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

The client and therapist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of thoughts, feelings, and behaviour and how they impact the person.

The approach relies on the client and therapist developing a shared view of the problems brought to therapy. This then leads to the identification of personalised, time-limited therapy goals and the planning of effective proven strategies to overcome the issues.

Testimonials

Therapy has helped me

Therapy has helped me start addressing some of the issues I was having and look at things in a different way. Some of the sessions can be challenging but more in a thought-provoking way. The therapist appears to understand my issues and puts forward helpful suggestions.

Ed

Therapy has helped me

Therapy has helped me start addressing some of the issues I was having and look at things in a different way. Some of the sessions can be challenging but more in a thought-provoking way. The therapist appears to understand my issues and puts forward helpful suggestions.

Ed

I found being able to talk about my health issues very useful

I found being able to talk about my health issues very useful. I have learned new skills by means of meditation. I find being able to meditate helps me deal with my anxieties. The levels of depression and anxiety I first felt at the beginning of therapy have reduced greatly. The therapist showed gre...
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Rebecca

I found being able to talk about my health issues very useful

I found being able to talk about my health issues very useful. I have learned new skills by means of meditation. I find being able to meditate helps me deal with my anxieties. The levels of depression and anxiety I first felt at the beginning of therapy have reduced greatly. The therapist showed great levels of empathy for my issues. I would recommend this service to others.

Rebecca

Paul understands every issue

Paul understands every issue I have discussed with him. He is a very thoughtful and understanding person who is helping me to cope with my problems. I look forward to my weekly sessions with Paul, he calms me down and makes me feel more positive. He is very professional and understanding man.
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Kath

Paul understands every issue

Paul understands every issue I have discussed with him. He is a very thoughtful and understanding person who is helping me to cope with my problems. I look forward to my weekly sessions with Paul, he calms me down and makes me feel more positive. He is very professional and understanding man.

Kath

Paul is a good listener

Paul is a good listener and understood what we needed to talk about, even, if on occasions I didn’t. I had a couple of goals relating to improving my ability to have happy relationships, and talking to Paul, who understood me felt easy and natural. If relaxed and unthreatening is what you are lookin...
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Rob

Paul is a good listener

Paul is a good listener and understood what we needed to talk about, even, if on occasions I didn’t. I had a couple of goals relating to improving my ability to have happy relationships, and talking to Paul, who understood me felt easy and natural. If relaxed and unthreatening is what you are looking for, then Paul will be perfect for you. Unthreatening does not mean unchallenging, because my therapy was hard work at times, but definitely worth it.

Rob

To have a professional listen helped

Having a professional listen and offer a different opinion helped me make sense of my problems. I believe he recognised my situation very well and understood my problems.

Dave

To have a professional listen helped

Having a professional listen and offer a different opinion helped me make sense of my problems. I believe he recognised my situation very well and understood my problems.

Dave

Attending therapy has helped

Attending therapy has helped me regulate and understand my emotions and consequent behaviour to a greater extent than I previously did. Paul has helped me create action plans going forward to help me deal with situations that I previously struggled with. Since attending therapy, I have felt a lot le...
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Matt

Attending therapy has helped

Attending therapy has helped me regulate and understand my emotions and consequent behaviour to a greater extent than I previously did. Paul has helped me create action plans going forward to help me deal with situations that I previously struggled with. Since attending therapy, I have felt a lot less anxious with regard to certain situations and a greater sense of calmness in my life. I would recommend Paul to anyone who wants some help in any specific or general part of their life due to understanding nature and commitment to helping people become the best version of themselves.

Matt

It is very useful for me

It is very useful for me to be able to get thoughts off my chest. and for someone to listen and help with my understanding of issues relevant to my current situation. He has helped me a lot to get to a place where I feel a lot freer and able to get the moments of insecurity and intrusive thoughts. I...
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Kai

It is very useful for me

It is very useful for me to be able to get thoughts off my chest. and for someone to listen and help with my understanding of issues relevant to my current situation. He has helped me a lot to get to a place where I feel a lot freer and able to get the moments of insecurity and intrusive thoughts. I would say Paul has a great understanding of OCD which I struggle with.

Kai

I have found being able to talk has helped me

I have found being able to talk through issues with someone who is not personally involved has helped me to come to decisions that I feel will help the situation has been very useful. It has helped me feel more in control. Paul has worked in the NHS for so many years he has been able to understand m...
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Lyn

I have found being able to talk has helped me

I have found being able to talk through issues with someone who is not personally involved has helped me to come to decisions that I feel will help the situation has been very useful. It has helped me feel more in control. Paul has worked in the NHS for so many years he has been able to understand my issues also my family dynamics and my health issues. This helped because it was more like talking with a friend and that helped me open up. We have taken our time and tackled one issue at a time and really focus on the next steps. My anxiety levels have reduced drastically and I feel more able to deal with what life throws at me. I have had my slips but Paul has helped me to get back up and carry on.

Lyn

Therapy has allowed me to acknowledge, accept and appreciate my anxiety

Therapy has allowed me to acknowledge, accept and appreciate my anxiety as well as helped me to cope with it. It has enabled me to see my worth and make me believe in myself and my abilities. It has given me confidence and pushed me outside of my comfort zone which has made my life so different all...
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Lauren

Therapy has allowed me to acknowledge, accept and appreciate my anxiety

Therapy has allowed me to acknowledge, accept and appreciate my anxiety as well as helped me to cope with it. It has enabled me to see my worth and make me believe in myself and my abilities. It has given me confidence and pushed me outside of my comfort zone which has made my life so different all for the better. It has given me knowledge of how my brain thinks which affects how I now deal with situations. Paul understands completely my issues and always helps me to resolve and think about situations whether big or small. Always makes me feel that my views, emotions, and opinions are validated.
I am extremely happy that I made contact with Paul and believe that since therapy all aspects of my life have changed completely for the better. I am the most content and happy I have ever been in life and believe that is completely down to the progress I have made in therapy. I am so grateful for the help and support I have had and don’t know how to thank you enough for giving me a new perspective and outlook on a life that before meeting you, I had decided wasn’t worth living. What a turnaround!

Lauren

The therapy has helped

The therapy has helped me massively so far since I first started. I was so nervous and anxious but can’t believe how much I have overcome my anxiety. I now deal with it instead of having panic attacks and worrying all the time. I’m much more chilled and enjoy life. Paul really understand...
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Josie

The therapy has helped

The therapy has helped me massively so far since I first started. I was so nervous and anxious but can’t believe how much I have overcome my anxiety. I now deal with it instead of having panic attacks and worrying all the time. I’m much more chilled and enjoy life. Paul really understands my issue and has helped me understand and learn how to deal with it. It has grown confidence for me. I am really happy to have found Paul as I have tried therapy a couple of times and felt it never worked or I couldn’t open up but it was nice to feel comfortable to open up and talk about my problems.

Josie

Booking my son in for therapy with Paul is probably one of my best decisions

Booking my son in for therapy with Paul is probably one of my best decisions. Not only did it help him deal with the habits I was aware of, but it also brought to light other issues that were restricting his life and stopping him from being a happy teenager. Being able to regularly talk to someone w...
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Emma

Booking my son in for therapy with Paul is probably one of my best decisions

Booking my son in for therapy with Paul is probably one of my best decisions. Not only did it help him deal with the habits I was aware of, but it also brought to light other issues that were restricting his life and stopping him from being a happy teenager. Being able to regularly talk to someone who clearly understood every aspect of his OCD has been really been, for him, life-changing. My son found Paul incredibly easy to talk to and came home from each session with a positive, confident attitude, putting him in a good position to follow the advice and strategies he’d been given.
If I’m honest, not knowing how it would all work, I was initially concerned about the financial commitment of seeing it through, but now I can honestly say it is the best money I have spent. Paul is clearly passionate about his job and, from the results I have seen, incredibly effective. I cannot recommend him enough!

Emma

There was very little if anything that he didn’t understand

There was very little if anything at all that he didn’t understand. Even if there were specific situations or obsessive things I did that he wasn’t aware of, he could still provide useful information and techniques to combat them. I felt that what I was experiencing was easily explained...
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Sam

There was very little if anything that he didn’t understand

There was very little if anything at all that he didn’t understand. Even if there were specific situations or obsessive things I did that he wasn’t aware of, he could still provide useful information and techniques to combat them. I felt that what I was experiencing was easily explained and that it was not something unique to me. The strategies that I have learned are always useful and have allowed me to free up a lot of time that would previously have been taken up. It allows you to help yourself. What you learn in CBT can be used for the rest of your life. In the case of CBT, you do not necessarily need to detail every obsessive action you do, which allows progress to be made quickly.

Sam

He helped me manage

He helped me manage my anger and temper, taught me to meditate and focus on my breathing. having a label put on my problems was the biggest breakthrough for trying to manage my problems.

Josh

He helped me manage

He helped me manage my anger and temper, taught me to meditate and focus on my breathing. having a label put on my problems was the biggest breakthrough for trying to manage my problems.

Josh

I was able to discuss my problems

I was able to discuss my problems and issues with an independent person. Paul understood the issues and gave me a greater sense of mindfulness and happiness. I am a different person to the one who walked into my first session. Paul has been fantastic and really helped me through a difficult period i...
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Richard

I was able to discuss my problems

I was able to discuss my problems and issues with an independent person. Paul understood the issues and gave me a greater sense of mindfulness and happiness. I am a different person to the one who walked into my first session.
Paul has been fantastic and really helped me through a difficult period in my life. I now feel a lot happier, more in control and generally in much better health physically and mentally. I cannot recommend Paul highly enough, I felt I was able to discuss anything without being judged. He gave excellent guidance and feedback taking me on a great journey, I am now able to understand myself better and put things into perspective.

Richard

Attending Paul’s weekly sessions

Attending Paul’s weekly sessions for anxiety has helped me immensely. Having suffered from anxiety for four years the therapy that I received has helped me to cope and recognise the conditions. Paul Is a good listener and understands what problems I have had and the therapy he gives me has tak...
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Bryan

Attending Paul’s weekly sessions

Attending Paul’s weekly sessions for anxiety has helped me immensely. Having suffered from anxiety for four years the therapy that I received has helped me to cope and recognise the conditions. Paul Is a good listener and understands what problems I have had and the therapy he gives me has taken me to levels of total calm.
Paul has understood completely what I have been experiencing and over the sessions has given me therapy on a step-by-step basis that has progressively helped me to control and deal with my problem.

Bryan

Attending therapy has allowed

Attending therapy has allowed me to take time and have space to reflect and I have learned to understand and accept how my past thinking patterns and behaviours were not always the best and how some of my thought processes have led me to my point now. I hope that I am learning better ways to deal wi...
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Catherine

Attending therapy has allowed

Attending therapy has allowed me to take time and have space to reflect and I have learned to understand and accept how my past thinking patterns and behaviours were not always the best and how some of my thought processes have led me to my point now. I hope that I am learning better ways to deal with life’s traumas. It has given me greater confidence to be assertive about how I feel rather than brush my feelings aside because they don’t matter. Sometimes I don’t even know what issues I am working on, but I never feel like Paul has missed the point or doesn’t understand. My therapist is different from friends or family in that they never dismiss my thought or feeling. When I started I cried daily and did not know why. I cry sometimes but I know why and allow myself and even say “well done for being compassionate”. My family was anxious and upset. They say it is good to have me back. I felt angry and a bit bitter. I am now starting to make peace with my past, it feels a lot better.

Catherine

Paul is great at understanding

Paul is great at understanding the issues my son is dealing with especially as he has a great understanding of spectrum issues and OCD. As a parent, he has also helped me tremendously firstly through helping my son but also with feedback calls which have often put my worries at ease regarding some o...
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Yvette

Paul is great at understanding

Paul is great at understanding the issues my son is dealing with especially as he has a great understanding of spectrum issues and OCD. As a parent, he has also helped me tremendously firstly through helping my son but also with feedback calls which have often put my worries at ease regarding some of my sons’ behaviours and thoughts. My son has learned to deal with his anxieties much better, once he built up to using it, he made great progress with it. Creating a toolbox of techniques to deal with worrying situations is also a great benefit that he will hopefully refer to throughout life. The best thing is that over time his confidence and happiness have skyrocketed a big thank you to Paul.

Yvette

Tactics and tools against OCD

Tactics and tools against OCD and a deeper understanding of its nature. Thanks to this I am able to better defeat it. I also feel that the therapy I have done so far has made me a lot freer and a lot happier. I also like talking to Paul a he is funny and easily knows tools to combat OCD.

Joshua

Tactics and tools against OCD

Tactics and tools against OCD and a deeper understanding of its nature. Thanks to this I am able to better defeat it. I also feel that the therapy I have done so far has made me a lot freer and a lot happier. I also like talking to Paul a he is funny and easily knows tools to combat OCD.

Joshua

It helped me understand my anxiety

It helped me understand my anxiety and how to control it. Therapy allowed me to gain my confidence back and enjoy life again. Paul was amazing from the start. He made me feel comfortable and he explained everything so well. In terms of understanding my issues 10 out of 10. Therapy changed my life fo...
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Harrison

It helped me understand my anxiety

It helped me understand my anxiety and how to control it. Therapy allowed me to gain my confidence back and enjoy life again. Paul was amazing from the start. He made me feel comfortable and he explained everything so well. In terms of understanding my issues 10 out of 10. Therapy changed my life for the better, definitely would recommend.

Harrison

Speaking with a professional and not being judged

Speaking with a professional and not being judged about how you think. Being able to come to a joint understanding of my issues and more importantly, where they came from. Paul managed to summarise my issues within the first 6 weeks. He completely understood me.

John

Speaking with a professional and not being judged

Speaking with a professional and not being judged about how you think. Being able to come to a joint understanding of my issues and more importantly, where they came from. Paul managed to summarise my issues within the first 6 weeks. He completely understood me.

John

Someone else showing recognition, validation and compassion

Someone else showing recognition, validation and compassion towards the issues I have been facing. Understanding why my mind works the way it does based on previous experiences/trauma’s. Being compassionate with myself and removing judgement helps provide freedom and manages expectations. There is n...
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Darren

Someone else showing recognition, validation and compassion

Someone else showing recognition, validation and compassion towards the issues I have been facing. Understanding why my mind works the way it does based on previous experiences/trauma’s. Being compassionate with myself and removing judgement helps provide freedom and manages expectations. There is no quick fix, therapy takes time.

Darren

CBT has taught me strategies

CBT has taught me strategies for dealing with difficult days in my recovery. It has also taught me a lot about how my brain works, and how to make sure my negative thoughts don’t control my actions. I feel I have a greater understanding about myself as a person and I think that, once I am recovered,...
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Jan

CBT has taught me strategies

CBT has taught me strategies for dealing with difficult days in my recovery. It has also taught me a lot about how my brain works, and how to make sure my negative thoughts don’t control my actions. I feel I have a greater understanding about myself as a person and I think that, once I am recovered, I will be a better version of myself than I ever was. I think that Paul largely understands my issues and, even when he doesn’t, he lets me try and explain it. I don’t feel I’ve been forced into a box or prescribed an inflexible ‘set treatment’. Since we started to implement practical strategies, I feel I have improved a great deal. I very much appreciate Paul’s manner and attitude, where he encourages an atmosphere of non-judgement and humour.

Jan

Contact Me

Each 1 hour session in my therapy rooms is charged at £70. Payment is by BACS following the session. I can also take BACS payment for online therapy which is charged at £60 per session. Please send me a message using this form – I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Directions

My offices are situated in Basepoint, unit 31c, which adjoins J13 of the M20 and is within easy reach from Folkestone town centre, as well as Dover and Ashford.