Paula Harvey MBACP Registered: Melksham & Westbury, Wiltshire
You may feel nervous about seeing a counselor however I encourage you to take the risk by providing a safe, strictly confidential, non judgmental and supportive space to explore your feelings which often brings a huge sense of relief. The process of counselling can help to reduce discomfort, feel less confused, empower you to make changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can't be changed. I believe that to offer counselling one needs to have experienced living with life's many challenges - invest in yourself today and make a difference to your life, you are worth it!
PayPal payment available via my website - locations and fees page.
Referrals accepted from:
- Self Referrals
- Private Medical Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Human Resource Departments
- Occupational Therapists
The true value of the cost of counselling may only be appreciated by those experiencing and feeling the benefit of the therapeutic process.
"For so long I allowed the dark clouds of my everyday working life to be all consuming. You taught me to think differently, to focus on what is important and also to look after and be kind to myself. You have changed my life. Thank you"
"You have totally turned everything around for me and have helped me see a different approach to things. I know it's only your job but it goes without saying that you're definitely a professional in your field - once again a massive thank you"
"Without all your help you have provided me in 2012 & 2013 I wouldn't be where I am today"
"I feel like a different person you have changed my life - thank you!"
"I am so grateful for the help that you gave me and know that you played a big part in me getting through the worst few months of my life so thank you so much for all your time and effort."
"I can't believe how differently I feel about everything - thank you so much for your help, I honestly can not tell you how much you have helped me. I wish I had met you years ago!"
Genuine testimonials - no payment provided - names withheld to protect client confidentiality.
I work strictly to the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapy code of ethics receiving regular Supervision to ensure safe working practice and remain committed to my own personal development in order to provide the very best care and support to my Client's.
I tailor a wide range of theories to individual client's primarily:
"Humanistic - Person Centred" supporting the client within an honest and open therapeutic relationship - with the belief that every person has the internal resources they need for growth and or change.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - looking at how we think may affect how we feel & behave.
Psychodynamic - looking at how our past affects us in the present.
Transactional Analysis - we have 3 ego states of Parent, Adult & Child & can communicate from these - therapy can help to separate these ego states in order to gain insight, understand behaviour and gain control in our life.
Solution Focused Therapy - exploring choices open to the client.
These models can be integrated into the sessions.
The session is Client led, at our initial meeting we mutually decide to work together, however there is no obligation to continue after this meeting, if you decide that you would like to work with me we can look at what is most suitable for your needs. I offer short term usually 6-12 sessions either weekly or twice a week and long term therapy I aim to be flexible around individual client requirements, day and evening appointments offered depending on availability.
Training, qualifications & experience
- NHS in GP surgeries - October 2008 - March 2015
- Swindon Wiltshire Alcohol & Drugs Service - voluntary counselor 2008-2010
- Corporate organisations from 2013
- Private Practice from 2009
Qualifications & Continued Professional Development:
- The Fundamentals of Working with Couples 2017
- Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner 2016
- Existential Freedom - How to be real & find meaning 2015
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency 2013
- Member of BACP since 2008
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2009
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling studies 2007
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2007
- Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills 2006
- Swindon Wiltshire Alcohol & Drugs Service - Voluntary Counselor 2008-2010
- Asperger Syndrome Awareness - Certificate 2012
- Chronic Fatigue - Certificate 2010
- Chronic Pain - Certificate 2010
- Complex Needs Training - Certificate 2013
- Dementia training - Certificate 2013
- Diabetes - Certificate 2010 & 2011
- Diversity Awareness workshop 2009 & 2014
- Dreams and the Symbolic Dimension 2014
- Dual Diagnosis 2014
- Managing Conflict 2011
- Motivational interviewing - Association Psychological Therapies 2010
- Safeguarding children 1 & 2 2014
- Safeguarding Adults at Risk Recognition & Referral 2014
- Working Collaboratively with risk 2014
- Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder 2013
- Working with People who Self-injure - Certificate 2012
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Anger Related Difficulties
- Aspergers - Autism
- Chronic illness
- Counsellors in Training
- Emergency Service employees
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Employment difficulties - Redundancy - Stress - Bullying
- NHS employees
- Personal Development
- Pet Bereavement
- Self injury
- Support for a family member whose loved one self-harms
- Supporting clients wanting to lose Weight
50 minute individual appointment £45
60 minute couples appointments £55
Payable by cash following the session, or prior to the appointment if paying by bank transfer or via PayPal, there is a 4% surcharge for using PayPal.
My aim is to provide affordable counselling during times of distress or for personal development.
An increasing number of Health Insurance Companies are including Counselling as part of their health & well being package, you may be able to claim back any payments made.
Less than 24 hours notice to cancel or failing to attend an agreed appointment will be charged in full. Payments made in advance are non refundable.
Counselling Young people from 16 years of age
When counselling young people I adhere to the same BACP ethical framework confidentiality guidelines. However I understand that parents/carers might have questions about the counselling a young person receives. During the initial session I am happy to meet jointly with the young person and parent/carer for a few minutes to explain what the sessions will involve, however after the initial 15 minutes the session will then continue between myself and the young person. It is important that young people choose to come to counselling, if they come and it is not their choice, then counselling can prove ineffective.
I DO NOT provide regular updates to parents/carers on my client’s progress. In order for the therapeutic relationship to develop and be effective it is important to build a therapeutic relationship with the client where they can trust me and be honest about their thoughts and feelings. If a young person is aware that I am regularly updating an adult on their progress, this will prevent a young person engaging with the counselling process and they will not benefit from the experience. If it is appropriate I encourage young people to share with their parents/carers what’s happening within the sessions if they feel happy to do so. As with all my clients if I am concerned that a young person might be at risk, I would encourage them to speak to their parent/carer, if they were not able to do so, I would explain to them that I would need to speak to their parent/carer about any concerns I might have.
My philosophy is to offer client's a professional, quality and friendly service in a confidential, safe, non judgmental and supportive environment to explore feelings which can often bring a huge sense of relief. Counselling can help during difficult periods in life or for personal development. I believe "the therapeutic counselling process will help you to find out who you are as a person, separate from your family, partner and friends, what you need as an individual human being to feel fulfilled in life, find your sense of self and with that you can do anything!"
I aim to be flexible by offering day and evening appointments depending on availability. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you and encourage you to contact me.
If I am unable to answer your call immediately - I am likely to be working with a client - please leave a message on my confidential voicemail and I will return your call within 24 hours or alternatively contact me via email.
I look forward to hearing from and working with you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments during the day and evening depending on availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|