Pauline Fullam - Chartered Counselling Psychologist EMDR Consultant
01904 340786 / 07934 442386
Most people come to counselling because they no longer feel confident that they can be in control of their lives. With over 24 years experience , my overall aim is to provide a safe place where clients can feel accepted and listened to warmly and without judgement . Where both of us feel that therapy will help, I work with clients to find ways to regain a sense of control and coping through a greater understanding of themselves, past memories and present situations, together with the tools and insights to manage their thoughts, actions and relationships.
Talking confidentially to someone who is unconnected to your life, and trained in various forms of psychological therapy, can leave you free to swiftly and effective discover ways of understanding what is really happening for you and how difficulties can be altered. Together we work to find fresh thinking and the tools and confidence to cope in the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Chartered Counselling Psychologist .
I have worked in areas as varied as a university counselling service; 7 years in a busy NHS medical practice in Liverpool; a hospice for the terminally ill; as trauma therapist to Merseyside Police , and in-house over 7 years with Lancashire Constabulary; in a hospital for acute disorders, and with the Trailblazing Scheme counselling young people 14 - 25 in Liverpool.
During those 24 years I carried on a Private Practice in Liverpool which re-located to York in 2007.
British Psychological Society and Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology.
EMDR Association UK. & Ireland.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology - University of Leicester 1971
MA Psychology - University of Liverpool 1992
PGD Counselling - Liverpool John Moores University 1995
EMDR Accred. Practitioner 2004
BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist - 2005
Europe Approved EMDR Consultant 2006
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society 2011
Registered in the British Psychological Society Directory of Chartered Psychologists.
Health Professions Council - Reg. No: PYL05642
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Fees & Length of Therapy:
I offer both brief and longer term therapy.
I am happy for people to contact me by phone to sound me out before booking.
Concessionary fees range from £15 to £45 per session for those on benefits, those on low incomes, and self funding students.
The fee for those in counselling/ psychotherapy training is £50 per hour for either counselling or supervision.
Insurance, Rehabilitation & Employee Assistance Programmes - Fee dependent upon agency requirements.
Availability: 8.30am - 8.30pm Tuesday to Friday.
Integrated Therapies Offered:
My work is integrated, rarely using any single model. From the large "kitbag" of tools listed below, I select ways of working that are likely to be most effective and swift in dealing with the difficulties brought.
Listening , reflecting and posing questions to open up material , allow exploration , and assist the client in working through the issues in their own way, whilst being supported by the therapist.
Mindefulness as a skilled meditative tool teaching how to focus on the here and now to create a different pattern of awareness, calms, and with practice, reduces the habit of free floating worry from "what ifs" etc.
Solution Focused Therapy:
As the term implies, the therapy focuses on learning from past experiences as a way of facilitating problem solving for future action.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:(CBT)
After gaining an understanding of why things feel as they do, the next stage is to work towards insights and strategies which will help to reduce present difficulties. Learning how thinking and behaviour influence events and our experience, can greatly assist in finding solutions to the management of our moods, relationships, both personal and beyond, and can help to increase awareness of what works and what does not work for us.
The World Health Organisation and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence), now recommend both EMDR and CBT as the treatments of choice for PTSD and trauma .
However, EMDR is not just used for treating trauma and PTSD. It is used very effectively to address a wide variety of disabling effects on self confidence and the ability to feel able to cope , which may connect to past experiences. These experiences can range from major traumas to more "everyday" shocks and losses, which can shape our thinking and assumptions, bring up unwanted emotion from the past , and feelings of being disproportionately overwhelmed without any obvious reason.
Past unpleasant experiences, whether remembered or not, can become blocked in short term memory, and be reactivated months, or even years later, by ongoing events, causing disabling discomfort or distress. EMDR does a gentle "plumbing job", moving the experience into fact based long term storage. Here, washed clear of emotion, it is now felt as "over and done with", and is no longer available to be re-triggered and cause difficulty.
The client does not need to speak about the event in any detail for therapy to be successful.
EMDR also loosens thinking and opens up new creative insights and ideas. Invaluable in building self esteem and confidence, it can free up the ability to make necessary changes, and assist in facing future difficulties more easily, more comfortably and more effectively.
Individual counselling for adults and young people.
Trauma work with children, adolescents and adults
Initial Assessment reports for Solicitors,Insurers and Rehabilitation Agencies.
Training and workshops
Rehabilitation and treatment service
I also offer clinical supervision for psychologists,counsellors and student practitioners.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8.30am - 8.30pm Wednesday - Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
For the last 18 years, I have been supervising an increasing number of counsellors and psychologists working in a wide variety of settings.View supervision profile