Paula Appleton Best Foot Forward Counselling (Dip.Counselling)

Paula Appleton  Best Foot Forward Counselling (Dip.Counselling)




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About me

My Approach:

I am an Accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a qualified Integrative Counsellor with over fifteen years’ experience. I have worked with many people from all different types of backgrounds. I have witnessed them find new hope and positive change through the client centred counselling process I use.

My Integrative approach is confidential and non-judgmental, sensitive and tailored to your individual needs. I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for your Therapy.

My Service Best Foot Forward Counselling:

The first session whether you are an individual or Couple, is an informal assessment whereby we get to know each other, which can be quite therapeutic in itself. I offer both short term Therapy which is 6 sessions, or a longer term open ended contract if you require. The number of sessions you may require will be discussed. I feel it's important that we review your progress regularly, to see how the Therapy is going.


Along with Individual Counselling, I also offer Counselling for Couples and work in an Integrative way, allowing each partner to be heard. Whilst I am not invested in any particular outcome, I have often found that through counselling, couples have found new healthier ways of communicating with each other, enabling them to move forward in their lives.

Telephone Counselling:

I consider offering telephone counselling, if people are not able to come to the session. This is best done when there are no alternatives.


My main private practice location, is from a BACP Accredited Practice based in Colchester. However, I also work out of a G.P surgery in Witham and a private location, covering Maldon, Witham, Braintree, Chelmsford, Heybridge, Tiptree and surrounding areas.

Professional Membership:

As an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by their ethical frameworks. I also have full professional Indemnity Insurance, and I am committed to ongoing Personal and Professional Development.

About Best Foot Forward Counselling:

By using Best Foot Forward Counselling Service, my aim is to provide you with an opportunity to explore what is going on for you, to gain understanding, how you have come to feel the way you are, and why you may respond the way you do. Whether it's a current situation, or past memory/experience that you are struggling with, I will support you in finding your own ways to move forward. So start by making those small changes today. "Best Foot Forward" life is too short to be unhappy, value yourself, don't you deserve to be free of troubles.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications:

I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP Accredited Course.

I hold a certificate in Working With Couple's.

A certificate in Clinical Supervision.

A certificate in Making Trauma Therapy Safer.

A certificate in Child Protection.

A certificate in Risk Management.

Advanced Certificate Creative Therapies

Certificate Working with Suicide Risk

A certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work.

I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate which is necessary to work with vulnerable adults.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, it is a requirement that I expand my knowledge base with Continued Professional Development. This has involved attending various courses some of which include, The impact of Brain Injury, Sexual Violence, Domestic Abuse, Cancer, Dyslexia to name a few.

As a member of BACP I am bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Part of this requires me to have Supervision with a Senior Qualified Supervisor to help maintain professional standards of practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If you are experiencing, confidence, low self esteem, cancer, or are caring for someone with health issues and you are struggling to cope, or not getting any time for you. Perhaps you have a Disability or condition which you find hard to manage. Maybe you have no one to support you, or feel worried that they will not understand if you speak to them about a personal problem.



Individual £50 - £60 per session (Colchester) (Witham between £40 - £50)

Couple's £60 - £70 per session

Supervision £50 - £70 per session

Telephone Session Fees by arrangement.

Sessions are usually for fifty minutes a time. However, in certain circumstances and depending on your needs, we can increase sessions to an hour and a half by prior arrangement.(In this situation the cost would be considered to reflect the increase in session time).

Depending upon personal circumstances, I am sometimes able to offer reduced rate appointment slots (subject to availability). If cost is an issue please ask at the time of enquiring, so this can be considered.

Further information


Disabled parking is available at the Colchester/Witham Location on the street, if you own a Blue Badge there is up to 3 hours parking. You can also access public Car Parks in Colchester easily.

Maps & Directions

Witham, CM8
Colchester, CO1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Flexible Hours over 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm. Shifts easily accommodated. Working from Colchester, and 2 locations in Witham.

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer Clinical Supervision.

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