Paula Abbey, MA, MBACP
Hello, I'm Paula. I help people with a range of issues with a specific interest in working with loss. This may be through a bereavement; loss of health; of the life you once knew. Perhaps, as result of the pandemic, you have been made redundant, or the relationship with your partner has changed or ended. These losses can uncover further losses or issues which had been hidden until now. There may be child related issues or challenges within the family dynamic. Abusive or controlling relationships may have intensified. You may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or have suicidal thoughts.
I provide a safe and confidential space for you to reflect and explore your world, without judgement or being told what to do. Instead I will support you in your exploration so that you may find your own meaning and way forward that is right for you.
I take a person-centred approach to counselling, as I believe that you have the resources within yourself to grow and change. It is an empowering experience of personal discovery, which provides the tools needed for continued growth, long after therapy has ended.
Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, you will be valued, accepted and respected in the choices you make, regardless of your race, ethnicity, faith, disability, gender, or sexuality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP, having graduated with distinction from the University of Chester with an MA in Clinical Counselling.
My counselling experience comes from my private practice and through roles at various charities including ChildLine, The Samaritans and a local hospice.
I hold a Level 1 Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling approved by ACTO - Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.
I am committed to my continuing development as a counsellor and undertake regular training and supervision.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 30 minute appointment via Zoom or over the phone.
I currently offer counselling sessions between 9am -3pm Tuesday - Thursday
I am in the process of returning to face to face work in June 2021. Clients also have the option to work via Zoom or over the phone if they prefer.