About me

Paula Appleton Adv Diploma Registered Member MBACP.
Level 6 NVQ British Sign Language.

I am a qualified Counsellor with experience working with individuals of all ages working with an integrative approach, thus I combine a range of counselling therapies tailoring them for each individual client in line with the BACP Ethical Framework.

I work with a number of presenting issues and this is a small example of the work I cover

    • Couples therapy
    • Relationship issues
    • Separation and divorce
    • Generalised anxiety disorder
    • Cancer/Illness
    • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
    • Family issues
    • Anxiety
    • Feeling sad
    • Panic disorders
    • Depression
    • Phobias
    • Affairs and betrayals
    • Addictions
    • Low self esteem
    • Bereavement
    • Sexual abuse
    • Rape
    • Self harming
    • Anger management
    • Post traumatic stress disorder
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder
    • Gender dysphoria
    • Career
    • Bullying
    • Adoption
    • Disabilities
    • Child relation issues
    • ADHD
    • Play therapy
    • Health issues
    • Panic/attack 
    • Long Covid

My experience has led me to initiate and set up a counselling service within a local Academy and Special Educational Needs Resource, where I continue to provide counselling to pupils and staff, in addition to providing support to parents.

There are times in our lives when life events challenge us and they can affect us all physically, psychologically and emotionally. Counselling offers you the opportunity to take some "time out" to focus on your own well-being; it provides a safe place to explore difficult situations and the emotional and psychological difficulties that arise because of them.

It is somewhere you will be truly heard, a place where you are able to identify and tell, and if necessay re-tell, your life experiences. You may want to look back at your life and gain an insight as to why you feel certain emotions or react to things in a particular way. You may, however, wish to look at what is happening now so that you can explore options for either acceptance or change, so that you are empowered to be able to move forward to a happier future. Furthermore, if you wish, we can look ahead to how you would like your life to look and work towards those goals together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma In Therapeutic Counseling (QCF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 6 NVQ in British Sign Language
  • Level 3 NVQ in British Sign Language
  • Level 2 NVQ in British Sign Language
  • Level 1 NVQ in British Sign Language
  • Edexcel Communication Support Worker
  • Couple Counselling Diploma
  • Advanced Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • IAPTUS Trained

I am committed to keeping my knowledge up to date and continuing with my professional training and development.

I have regular supervision in line with the BACP ethical framework (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Fully Insured and DBS certificate.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees are £50.00 per 50 minute session.

Fees for couples are £65.00 per 50 minute session

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy  £60 - £120 a session

DBS checked and Public liability insurance

Concessions/Reduced rate for student counsellors - please enquire.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Daytime and evening appointments including weekends

Further information

Other areas of Counselling

I am sensitive to the access needs of deaf people and can use a range of communication styles including lipreading, Sign Supported English and British Sign Language.

I also use Tinnitus Retraining Therapy for client' who are suffering with tinnitus due to hearing loss or medical reasons including neck or nerve damage.

Canvey Island

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

British Sign Language Sign Supported English Hearing Loss

Additional languages

British Sign Language fluent NVQ level 6


Paula Appleton

Paula Appleton