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MBACP (Senior Accred) Counsellor / Supervisor

About me

I have been counselling and supervising for several years and am experienced in providing individual, couples and family therapy. Counselling can be a journey of discovery, it can also be challenging and emotional, it is my intention to provide a safe, supportive and confidential relationship. I 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.

Please call me on: 07941 958 034 or email me to arrange a call back.

About Counselling

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.

Counselling issues

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 are affected emotionally by conditions such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Perhaps 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.

About Supervision

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.

Focusing Training

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 July 2019

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.

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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

I work in private practice, with additional experience in the organisations below:

  • Mental health
  • cancer care
  • gambling
  • drug
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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
  • Self harm
  • Feeling lonely and isolated
  • Abuse and bullying
  • Difficulties at work, college and school
  • Cultural and religious issues
  • Exploring spirituality
  • Children's counselling, with creative play materials such as crayons, sand and puppets

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£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals £60 an hour for counselling and supervision

Children's counselling £60 for 50 minutes

Couples £70.00 an hour

Families £120.00 for one and a half hours

Trainee counsellors, Counselling and Supervision £45 an hour.

Guided Focusing half an hour £30.00

When I work

Monday to Thursday 10am - 9pm Friday 10am - 4pm

Further information

Counselling is in Stanmore Middlesex HA7, near Harrow, Bushey, Pinner, Kenton and Edgware.

There is off street parking.

Bus routes  H18, H19, I86

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Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I am a BACP Senior Accredited supervisor of individuals and groups and an approved supervisor for trainees at Metanoia.

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