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Counselling is an opportunity for you to describe and reflect on those topics of concern or incidents that have impacted your life, and to build psychological strength for the future.

By being attentive, patient, positive, respectful, and realistic about your concerns, I strive to provide a relationship within which to explore what matters most to you.

I refrain from making any judgement or diagnosis, and make no attempt to fit you into any theory. My approach and attitude is one of negotiated investigation. No 'technique' is used without your consent.

Paula SMITH, BSc (Hons) Maths, MA Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling
UKCP Registered, MBACP

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Maths
MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling

Registered with UKCP
Member of BACP

Over 1000 client-hours with over 100 clients during 10 years, in the fields of Mental Health and Drug use, as well as generic work with adults from diverse backgrounds..
232 hours of personal therapy (Existential school)

Ongoing supervision, professional development and peer support

Management, logistics and training in the IT industry

Volunteer work with at Lifeline regarding drug use

Work within MIND including mental health issues

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

panic / fear
worry / stress
assertiveness / self-esteem
aggression / moral dilemmas
loss / grief
sense of self, reality, others

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£46.00 per session in High Wycombe.
Students' concessionary rate is £38.00

Office 4 PAJE House
164 West Wycombe Road
High Wycombe
HP12 3AE

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I usually work in the afternoons and evenings, although I can be flexible, and sometimes offer weekend meetings.