Erika Linhares de Paula-MA, BSC Psyc, MBA, Adv Dip. Counselling, MBACP Accred

Erika Linhares de Paula-MA, BSC Psyc, MBA, Adv Dip. Counselling, MBACP Accred

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About me

Making the decision to come for counselling can feel like a big step, and it may be the first stage of taking action to try and address problems which might be difficult to acknowledge, or painful to think about.

I am an experienced psychologist, specialised in counselling and psychotherapy. I work in my private practices in Harpenden-Hertfordshire and Uxbridge-West London. I am also a BUPA registered psychotherapist and accept clients via BUPA referrals system through their website.

I offer a confidential and safe environment, where we can explore difficult feelings together. By thinking about your experiences and relationships, past and present, we can work towards an in depth understanding of who you are. By understanding how you are really feeling, and thinking about what is happening in a thoughtful and non-judgemental way, we can start to identify and challenge patterns of behaviour which may be causing problems in your life. I believe that the self awareness gained through counselling and psychotherapy can offer you an opportunity to realise your full potential.

There may also be times where you just feel you need some support, or to 'off-load' in a therapeutic space where you can talk freely and openly.

The relationship between counsellor and client is very important. Our initial meeting is an opportunity for you to talk about what has brought you to counselling, ask questions, and for me to explain what I can offer, so that you can decide whether you think this is the right step for you.

My background and qualifications:

My core training is in Psychology, Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy, in which I have a Masters qualification.

I have 14 years post qualification experience with well over 10.000 client hours.

In my private practice, I work with relationship difficulties,depression,anxiety, stress, anger management,loss & bereavement,trauma,low self- esteem,relationships,divorce, affairs, family issues,work related problems.

I offer long-term, open-ended counselling, in addition to short term work, where the focus is on one specific problem or difficulty. The main areas of my integrative training:

  • Existential psychotherapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Transaction Analysis - TA
  • Therapeutic Imagery
  • Trauma therapy
  • Solution focus counselling
  • Counselling for Anxiety and Depression
  • CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • IPT- Interpersonal Psychotherapy

I worked for 20 years in international business, working for multinationals across different countries in addition to leading multidisciplinary mental health teams in the NHS - National Health Service. I am familiar with the issues that arise from working in a corporate setting, having an expertise in business coaching. I have many clients steaming from their companies via E.A.P - Employment Assisted Programs. I am also a published author in self-development/self help books and academic research in European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health.

If you think that I may be able to assist you, please feel free to contact me by email or give me a call, and we can have an initial chat about what I can offer. If it feels right for you, we can arrange to meet. I aim to see new clients within a week of their first enquiry (availability permitting) as I feel it is important to maintain the momentum once a decision has been made.

I am affiliated member of the Professional Body of BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, BPS - British Psychological Society. I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

      Individual Therapies offered:

  • One to one counselling - psychotherapy
  • Solution focused counselling - 6 sessions blocks
  • Trauma therapy
  • Managing stress - 6 sessions blocks
  • Managing Anxiety - 6 sessions block
  • Psychological interfacing Imagery
  • Self-esteem - 12 sessions

      Further expertise and specialisation:

  • Corporate psychological interfacing and coaching
  • Bespoke corporate courses on stress management, anxiety management, time management, relational conflict management, personal development .
  • Corporate communication analysis
  • Career support management

      Delivery of services:

  • Private Practice in Harpenden
  • Private Practice in Uxbridge
  • Telephone Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Skype Counselling/Psychotherapy

Training, qualifications & experience

MA - Existential Psychotherapy
Bsc - Psychology and Counselling
Adv Dip Therapeutic Counselling - Integrative

MBA in Business and International Trade.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Harpenden Counselling
Harpenden Psychotherapy
Uxbridge Counselling
Uxbridge Psychotherapy
Couples Counselling Harpenden
Couple Counselling Uxbridge
EAP Counselling
Corporate Counselling
Telephone Counselling
Skype Counselling
Psychological interventions
Integrative Psychotherapy
Anger Management


Session fees:

  • Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy   - 1 x 50 minutes session :   £ 80,00 - £120,00
  • Couple Counselling                               - 1 x 60 minutes session :   £80,00
  • Individual Trauma therapy                     - 1 x 60 minutes session :  £80,00 - £ 120,00
  • Others                                                   - to be consulted

Payment : cash or cheques accepted

International  clients: blocks of 06 sessions - paid in advance via PayPal or e- bank transfer

Skype and telephone clients: blocks of 06 sessions - paid in advance via Paypal or e- bank transfer

EAP, Corporate psychological interfacing, coaching, be-spoke courses and training: to be consulted

Cancellation terms: 24 hours notice form time of the session otherwise full fee is applied.

Further information

Therapies delivered in the following languages:

- English
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Portuguese

Maps & Directions

Uxbridge, UB8
Harpenden, AL5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Friday :7am to 9pm Staurday: limited availibility International Clients: to be agreed

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme