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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
panic / fear
worry / stress
assertiveness / self-esteem
aggression / moral dilemmas
loss / grief
sense of self, reality, others
£46.00 per session in High Wycombe.
Students' concessionary rate is £38.00
I usually work in the afternoons and evenings, although I can be flexible, and sometimes offer weekend meetings.