Hannah Paton BACP (Accred) Trauma & Addictions Counsellor
My specialism and passions lie in helping people to reach their personal goals with regards to their drink and/or drug use, and working with people who have experienced trauma, to help them to rebuild their lives.
I believe we each experience some level of trauma from something that has happened to us, whether that be a one off incident, such as a car accident or more complex trauma related to our relationships as we were growing up, and any complicated human connections we experience along life’s journey.
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 models in which I have been trained, collaboratively integrating those which I believe would be most helpful, with the aim of enhancing your 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 short and long term open ended counselling via the remote counselling platforms of Zoom and telephone counselling. Since starting to work using these platforms at the start of the pandemic, I have developed a passion for this way of working, and have gone on to complete significant training in this area, that has evolved to my now holding a membership with ACTO: The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. I can bring your therapy to your own safe space, where you feel comfortable, and without the pressure of journey costs and commuting pressures.
If you are looking to access a focused time limited counselling approach, with a desire to make behavioral changes, I 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. 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 truly meant to be.
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 since 2010, working with people experiencing difficulties around their alcohol and/or drug use, and 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.
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.
I have a real thirst for knowledge and a curiosity for understanding which I bring to my practice through significant continual professional development training. I hold a Coaching Certificate in Motivational Interviewing and am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). This training gives me a firm base for understanding the latest neuroscience research, which I can integrate into our work together if this is of interest to you.
I have helped people to work through, and make sense of their experiences. This includes, but is not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, loss and grief, personality disorders, low self-esteem, guilt and shame, understanding identity, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
If what you have read about me and my approach sounds of interest to you, please follow the link to my website, where you can find out more about me and see if you feel that we might be a good fit to work together.
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
From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
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.