Paula Appleton

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Best Foot Forward Counselling (Dip.Counselling)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Colchester CO1 & Witham CM8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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. I am offering telephone support during the Coronavirus outbreak for those people who do not feel safe with face to face contact. Fees are at a reduced rate, but will need to be paid in advance.


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 am an Accredited BACP Counsellor MBACP (Accred)

I have a Diploma in Grief & Bereavement Counselling O.A Dip (Grief & Bereavement Counselling)

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

EMDR Trauma Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitsation Reprocessing)

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 an Accredited 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

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£45.00 - £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


Individual From £55 - £70 per session Colchester

Individual From £55 - £65 per session Witham

Individual From £60 - £90 per session Maldon

Zoom, Teams, Telephone Sessions From £45 - £55

Couple's From £70 - £80 per session Witham/Colchester

Couple's From £70 - £90 per session Maldon

Supervision From £50 - £75 per session Witham, Colchester or Maldon

Student Rate Supervision via zoom £60 ( 2 x 45 minute sessions per month @ £30 each)
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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Flexible Hours over 5 days a week. Working from Colchester, Maldon and Witham.

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.

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Witham, Essex, CM8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Two of the locations I work from have Disabled access for wheelchairs.

Online platforms



In person

I offer Clinical Supervision.

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Paula Appleton
Paula Appleton