Paula Isgrove Dip. Counselling Reg, MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
Working with couples and individuals. I am a qualified psychodynamic therapist.
I have also been a qualified registered nurse for over 25 years and have worked for many years in the fields of mental health, general practice nurse and sexual health, both in the NHS and private sector. I appreciate the connection between physical health and psychological wellbeing. I work with a variety of issues including anxiety and trauma especially relating to relationship issues and sexual assault/abuse, sex problems and sex addiction.
I have a lot of experience of discussing sensitive and intimate topics with people, including issues relating to sexual identity and sexual assault/abuse. My approach is caring and professional and counselling is totally confidential.
I help my clients to find a way through their issues and provide a safe and confidential space to do so.
Some of the most common things clients bring to sessions are:
- family issues
- generalised anxiety disorder
- OCD and compulsive hoarding
- childhood related issues
- relationship problems
- sex problems
I have furthered my qualifications to be able to include working with relationship difficulties and psychosexual problems ( sex therapy) I have a special interest in working with client's who have sexual problems and sex addiction.
What is Counselling?
Sometimes by exploring painful and difficult experiences, we can begin to make sense of what has happened, and come to understand the affect it may be having upon us and our well-being. We can often find it difficult to express intense feelings, such as anger, embarrassment, grief, guilt and hate to our friends and family. Counselling can offer you space and time to express and explore such feelings, in a safe supportive place.
Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping and will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems, allowing you to live the life you deserve.
The type of counselling I offer is called Psychodynamic Therapy. This means we focus on the unconscious thought processes which are reflected in your behaviour. I also use creative therapies to help clients who may have difficulty verbalising their past experiences.
I believe that through the relationship created in my therapy room the effects of the past can be reviewed and adapted, so that your present and future life becomes more manageable.
Your first session will last for 1 hour and together we will assess what you hope to gain from counselling. Subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes.
Sessions take place in my comfortable and private consulting room in Birch which is a 10 minute drive from Colchester and will be held at the same time each week. I am available evenings and weekends.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma and Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Certificate in Psychosexual Studies
- Registered General Nurse
- Certificate in Group Facilitation
- Certificate in Integrative Supervision
- Certificate in Creative Therapy
- OCD and compulsive hoarding
I work as a Practitioner for a charitable organisation supporting adults, children and families who are survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
I have worked as a nurse for many years so have an understanding of the relationship between your physical health and psychological wellbeing. As a Registered General Nurse I can also offer specialist counselling for people with chronic health conditions or their family members, or carers who maybe affected by their loved ones health problems.
I provide individual supervision to other counsellors.
I am a tutor on a couples course and supervise a couples supervision group.
In my private practice I work with client's on whatever they need to address.
I have trained at the Tavistock Centre and have experience of working with clients who have psychosexual problems and sex addiction.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of dealing with OCD and compulsive hoarding.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
Full Fee - £35
Couples - £45
Concessions are available, negotiable in the assessment if required. I offer a number of discounted rates based on personal circumstances. Please contact me to discuss your situation.
£35 for 50 minutes
£45 for 1hour 30 minutes.
My private practice room is in the quiet rural location of Birch only 10 minutes from Colchester town centre and within easy access of Stanway, Copford, Marks Tey, Tipree, Maldon, Mersea and Layer de la Haye and the surrounding area. There is space for you to park on a driveway for free and off the main road.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available evenings and weekends. If I do not take your call it maybe that I am with a client so please leave a message.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am able to offer low cost supervision to counsellors while I am completing my certificate in supervision at The Regents University in London.View supervision profile