PAULA NEWMAN MBACP (Senior Accred) Counsellor / Supervisor
020 8930 9831 / 07941 958 034
I am a Person-centred Counsellor, experienced in providing individual, couples and family therapy. I offer a warm, confidential and non-judgmental relationship and hope that you will feel free to address whatever matters. I have been counselling and supervising for several years and am fortunate to meet people from many different walks of life. For me the bonds that we form with each other are at the heart of therapy.
Free telephone consultations
A free telephone consultation is an opportunity to discuss your options in more detail. For example you might want to consider whether individual, couples or family counselling would best meet your needs. This is a free service without obligation.
Counselling can be a journey of discovery, it can also be challenging and emotional. Therefore it is important to provide a safe and supportive relationship. People often find that something inside changes when their thoughts, feelings and experiences are heard with warmth and deep understanding. This in its self can bring clarity and healing. As we explore the areas that you choose to talk about new insights and fresh ways of moving forward can emerge. This can be empowering and you may develop greater confidence in you own strengths.
I am experienced in working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures. Each of us has our own unique situation, beliefs and way of life. I am concerned with how things are from your point of view, your thoughts, feelings, emotions and moods are important. There can also be external pressures that have an impact upon your life such as work, school and family.
There are many reasons for choosing counselling. Perhaps you are experiencing particular areas of distress such as anxiety, depression, post natal depression, panic, bereavement, abuse, relationship issues, family issues, separation and divorce, addictions and more.
Maybe you have reached a crossroads in you life and would like to consider which direction is best for you. Sometimes it is hard to articulate what is bothering you, there might be a general feeling of unhappiness, difficulties coping, or a sense of something wrong.
Counselling is not always about problems, it is also an opportunity for self- exploration, this might include working with your sense of spirituality and how you identify yourself for example in terms of culture, gender, sexuality, and learning differences.
People sometimes ask me how many sessions they will need. Counselling can be for a few weeks, months or even years. This depends upon your needs and preference. Most people find that weekly sessions are best to begin with, later on you might decide upon fortnightly sessions.
I offer daytime and evening appointments, in Stanmore, Middlesex HA7, close to Harrow, Kenton, Bushey and Edgware.
Counselling is confidential and I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
How I began Counselling
Some people have a story, an event in their life that led them to embark upon a career in counselling. For me it was different, I knew very little about counselling and yet I had a strong feeling of 'this is right for me'. For once instead of being cautious, I went with the feeling. Trusting my intuition and finding the confidence to start something new became my 'event'.
As a trainee I had my own counselling sessions. I consider it very important to have experienced sitting in the client's chair as this gives me an understanding of what this is like for others. My Person-centred approach involves creating a healing relationship based upon personal qualities which I try to develop within myself.
How I began Supervising
Having learnt the value of trusting my instincts I decided to start a supervision course to see how I felt about this area of work. I found that I was drawn to supervising by my passion for supporting others in their personal and professional growth. I enjoy facilitating groups and took some courses to improve my skills. A few years later I was Accredited as a supervisor of individuals and groups by the BACP.
I supervise trainee and experienced therapists. Together we explore the supervisee's therapeutic work including any dilemmas that might arise. We also attend to the supervisee's personal and professional development. The intention is to meet the needs of clients, to encourage self-reflection and to provide a relationship that is both challenging and supportive. Supervision can include preparation for BACP Accreditation and working in private practice. I am an approved supervisor for students at Metanoia.
How I began Focusing
A friend told me about Focusing and I realised that the 'feeling of rightness', which brought me to counselling all those years ago was actually a 'sense of rightness'. I discovered that through Focusing I could get a deeper sense of my emotions and my wishes. This could help me to be more self aware, and confident, to know myself better and to make good decisions. Eventually I trained as a Focusing teacher and I now run workshops.There is a worldwide Focusing community and I enjoy being a part of this.
I run Focusing workshops and training in NW London with a colleague. We are both registered teachers with the British Focusing Association (BFA) and experienced counsellors and supervisors accredited by the BACP. We aim to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for your learning.
British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills
- Ten day training course
- Includes Focusing theory, group discussions and Focusing practice
- Suitable for people with little or no Focusing experience
- The next course will start in November 2018
Counsellors and therapists can explore bringing Focusing to their practice and other participants may wish to explore its relevance in their particular workplace. Please see my website for further information
'You created a wonderfully warm & welcoming environment'
'If I could make my clients feel as safe and cared for and listened to as Paula makes me feel as a supervisee, then I should consider all my clients to be lucky!'
'Wonderful, useful, fun and interesting. Looking forward to doing Level 2 with Paula' (Focusing Workshop)
Please feel free to get in touch today.
Tel: 020 8930 9831
Mob: 07941 958 034
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor and a Certified Focusing Professional Trainer. I Have Diplomas in Counselling. and Hypnotherapy and Certificates in Couples Counselling, Supervision and Focusing.
I am a member of the following professional organisations:
BACP - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BAPCA - British Association for the Person-Centred Approach
BFA - British Focusing Association
The Focusing Institute - USA
I work in private practice, with additional experience in the organizations below:
Mental health, cancer care, gambling, drug and alcohol dependency.
I have counselled children in primary school and young people in a youth agency. I am affiliated to Employee Assistance Programmes, offering therapy to people with personal and work related problems. I have supervised groups of counsellors for a College Counselling Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Exploring how you identify yourself. This can include your beliefs, values, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Living with ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Aspergers
Difficulties with eating and food
Feeling lonely and isolated
Abuse and bullying
Difficulties at work, college and school
Cultural and religious issues
Children's counselling, with creative play materials such as crayons, sand and puppets
Photos & videos
Individuals £50 an hour for counselling and supervision
Children's counselling £50 for 50 minutes
couples £75.00 for one and a half hours
Families £90.00 for one and a half hours
Trainee Counsellors, counselling and supervision £40 an hour.
Individual counselling and Supervision £50 an hour
Guided Focusing one hour £50.00
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday 10am - 9pm Friday 10am - 4pm Occasional Sunday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a BACP Senior Accredited supervisor of individuals and groups and an approved supervisor for trainees at Metanoia.