Paula Annels FdSc Counselling, Registered MBACP (Accred)
*As my counselling room is currently closed, following Government guidelines around Covid-19, I am temporarily unable to offer face to face sessions. I am however offering counselling via Zoom and telephone. Please email or text for more information or a free introductory session *
Hello. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and I hope it's helpful. Life can sometimes throw up unexpected challenges or changes or feel tough, and at times like these, it can help to talk with or get support from someone outside of family and friends.
I am a qualified accredited counsellor seeing clients from Odiham, Alton, Fleet, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Farnham, Basingstoke and surrounding areas and villages, offering a safe and confidential space for you to be heard, understood and gain insights into the best way forward for you with whatever you are facing.
Many people have lots of questions or concerns about coming to see a counsellor as they are not sure what to expect; and it can seem even more daunting at a time in your life when you may feel vulnerable. I'd like to share a little about what counselling can be like, to allay any worries you may have.
The counselling session is a time for you to use exactly how you wish; that may be talking or sharing some difficult feelings or it may be sitting in silence and reflecting on how you feel. It often reflects what's going on for you in your world outside of the counselling room - and so as well as exploring difficult issues, it can also be be a space for humour as we find ways to meet life's ups and downs! There is no pressure to be or do anything other than what feels right for you at the time.
During our time together, I am not an expert looking for rights and wrongs or telling you what to do. You are the expert in your life; I'm there to really listen and support you in a totally non-judgemental way. Sometimes feeling that someone has properly heard us, enables us to make the decisions or gain insights into how to deal with situations or behaviours that hadn't seemed clear to us previously.
I consider it an enormous privilege to work with the people who come to see me and my work is informed by my awareness of and respect for the courage, determination and self-awareness it takes to make a change in your life.
Thanks again for reading this and if you feel that I might be able to help, please do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc Integrative Counselling (Distinction) Greenwich University
EMDR Parts 1, 2 , 3 and 4 - Richard Mitchell EMDR Works
FT-trained Therapist Dr Philip Mansfield
Flash technique and Advanced Flash Technique
Level 1 NCFE Interpersonal Skills Certificate
Level 2 NCFE Helping Skills Certificate
Level 3 NCFE Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
I am a registered member (accredited) of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.
I have worked on a voluntary basis for a counselling charity in Petersfield and have helped facilitate a group working with children who have experienced domestic abuse.
Current Continuing Professional Development and Training
Certificate in Working with Couples (CORST endorsed)
6 modules, covering:
The Fundamentals of Working with Couples -2 days Mary Clegg (CORST endorsed)
Working with Couples -Dealing with Affairs - 2 days Mary Clegg (CORST endorsed)
Sex, Arousal and Ageing - Working with Couples - 2 days Mary Clegg (CORST endorsed)
Communication and Difference - 2 days - Mary Clegg (CORST endorsed)
Meeting Their Partners Needs - 2 days -Mary Clegg (CORST endorsed)
Couples in Conflict -2 days - Lottie Passell-Syms (CORST endorsed)
Basingstoke Counselling Service Certificate in Couples Counselling
Understanding and Working with Anxiously Attached Clients -Surrey Counselling Training
Love and Intimacy in Professional Practice Training day -Surrey Counselling Training May
Two Chairs, Two Approaches (A look at the use of Gestalt and EMDR to meet the person) Training Day
Attachment Theory in the Therapy Room
An Introduction to Family Therapy Training Day
Creative Counselling Course (Open House)
Embodied Relational Therapy -Nick Totton
My ongoing interests and include:
Mindfulness- Mindfulness for counsellors training
Creative work -guided visualisations and using drawing and creative work to gain insights.
Before retraining as a counsellor, I worked in business for many years, primarily in external relations and marketing and communications. I have a particular interest in understanding and supporting how the impact of challenges in your professional life may impact personally and vice versa.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Choosing a counsellor or therapist is a very personal decision and you need to be sure you feel comfortable with whomever you choose. Therefore I offer a free initial consultation for individual counselling so that we can meet, talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and how we could work together.
My fee thereafter is £45.00 per 60 minute session; £40 for trainee/student counsellors starting work with me after May 2020 . I have some other concessionary rate sessions available. Please do ask for details.
My fee for couples counselling is £60 for a 60 minute session. Initial introductory session of 1 hour 15 minutes; further sessions are 60 minutes.