Paula Smythe DipC MBACP (Accred)
East Riding Of Yorkshire
My profile aims to offer you some information you may need to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. If you don't find the information that is helpful to you, please make contact and I will be able to provide you with the information you require.
We often follow some very old and familiar patterns in life. These can be really quite restrictive and debilitating at times. There comes a time, where we need to stop, take stock of what is happening, and take better care of ourselves.
Whether you are experiencing problems, or wanting some help to refocus in your life, therapy can help.
I am an experienced humanistic therapist, my main humanistic preferences being Person Centred and Transactional Analysis. I am registered and accredited by the BACP and offer both long and short term face to face therapy for adults.
I am a very down to earth and plain speaking person. I am warm and caring, and have a great passion for my work.
I offer a safe environment for you to explore your needs, and am compassionate and non-judgemental. My therapy room is comfortable and relaxing to create a warm and inviting environment. Feedback regularly comments on my caring and compassionate nature, whilst also being helpful and productive. My personality reflects a soft and gentle persona, while also being very grounded and strong. I have a wealth of life experiences which have guided my training and practice.
I also offer creative therapy and inner child work for those who wish to experience more than the traditional talking therapies.
I began working as a counsellor in 2002, and currently work in private and charitable practices.
Evening and weekend appointments are available
Training, qualifications & experience
My main qualifications, and training include:
Humanistic Diploma in Counselling
CBT Diploma (distance learning)
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis
OA Dip (Child and Adolescent Counselling)
Diploma in Mindfulness
British Sign Language Level 2
My therapeutic work has included:
NHS Occupational Health - short term, work related problems, stress, anxiety, return to work focus, depression, disciplinary worries
Health Centre / GP surgery - long and short term work, including generalised anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse, self harm, self esteem, family / relationship problems, addiction, pregnancy worries, feeling stuck, and many other problems.
Charitable therapeutic services for adult survivors of child abuse and trauma. This includes self harm, drugs and alcohol problems, feeling unable to move on, feelings of unworthiness / low self esteem / lack of confidence, dissociation, domestic violence, suicidal ideations, struggles with sex / sexuality
I have worked continuously since 2002, and have varied life experiences and training which have had an enormous impact on me and the therapist I am today
I have done limited work with deaf clients
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
£45 per hour.
Some concessions are available, so please ask for details regarding availability
I can accept cash or cheques, and receipts are available if required
I run and attend regular training workshops - my own workshops include working with the inner child, abuse and shame, sex and sexuality, creativity in therapy
I regularly provide training as a guest speaker for trainee therapists
Some other areas of my training include:
Brief Therapeutic work
Safeguarding - Children and Vulnerable Adults
Non-clinical health and safety
Working with men and boys
Dispelling myths - death and dying
Sexual health / HIV & AIDS awareness
Spiritual Dimensions of Bereavement and Loss
Family and bereavement
Brief solution focused family therapy
Domestic violence and children's needs
Attachment / separation
Creative work with clients
Signs and symptoms of harm
Medication and the therapeutic process
My office, within the Centre 88 building, is close to Hull Royal Infirmary. Centre 88 is a multi-purpose centre, providing anonymity regarding your visit. There is free parking available within the car park.
Local bus routes cover the Anlaby Road area, with bus stops a 2 minute walk away
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments. Currently I am unable to take deaf clients
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|