Hannah Paton BACP (Accred) Trauma & Addictions Counsellor
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2013 and have been trained to use an Integrative approach to Counselling. This means I value our relationship and accept that each person is unique. I draw from a number of therapeutic tools that are available, in order to find the most appropriate to the individual for their own personal growth.
At the heart of my Counselling practice is my passion for building a safe, nurturing, therapeutic relationship in which to enable your personal growth, as you make sense of your life.
I offer both long and short term counselling via the remote counselling platforms of Zoom and telephone counselling. Since starting to work using these platforms, I have developed a passion for this way of working, and have gone on to complete significant training in this area, which I personally feel is the way forward for counselling, as we enter a new developmental era. I can bring your therapy to your own safe space, where you feel comfortable, and without the pressure of journey costs and commuting pressures.
I can offer a short term evidence based approach known as Motivational Enhancement Therapy over 4 sessions using Motivational Interviewing. This is known to be effective in helping people to make changes to their drug or alcohol use, and is also applicable to anyone looking to make other lifestyle changes.
Within the long term therapy that I offer, we can explore motivational work, if you wish, as well as getting to the deep rooted underlying causes, and problems, that may have led you to self medicate and/or adopt unhelpful coping strategies.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Accredited with the BACP. This means that my practice has met the higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
I have worked in the field of substance misuse for many years and I have a wide ranging experience of working with people who are experiencing difficulties around their alcohol or drug use, and are seeking ways to make the changes they desire. I have found that our past experiences have an effect on how we think and what we believe about ourselves. Some people turn to alcohol and other drugs as a way to manage their life's difficulties. Through a longer term approach, we can look at these life experiences in order to gain insight and understanding around patterns of thinking and behavior that may no longer be helping you and for you to become the person you are meant to be.
I have extensive experience and training working in the field of Trauma Counselling, where I find a real passion, helping people process past traumatic experiences and the impact of complex relationships. Working in a trauma informed way with clients, I understand the importance of providing a safe therapeutic environment, so that within our trusting relationship you will be able to safely explore and piece together what can feel like shattered/ fragmented parts of yourself.
Within the long term therapy that I offer we can explore motivational work as well as getting to the deep rooted underlying causes, and problems, that may have led you to self medicate and/or adopt unhelpful coping strategies.
I have helped people to work through, and make sense of, their experiences. This includes, but is not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationships, loss and grief, personality disorder, low self - esteem, guilt and shame, gender and sexuality and addictions.
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My initial consultation will take place over the phone, which will help us establish if we feel comfortable to work together.
Thereafter, I charge £50 per session and £55 for evening appointments.
If we choose to work together I will ask that you pay for sessions at least 24hrs before their start time. This can help to give you a sense of control, as you will not be contracted into a set number of sessions.
Concessions offered for
I am available for EAP work. Please contact me to discuss fees and contracts if your service is interested in employing me for this work.