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Adv Dip. Counselling Psychotherapist Registered Member MBACP

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)

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Fees are £55.00 per 50 minute session.

Fees for couples are £70.00 per 50 minute session

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy  £65 - £120 a session

DBS checked and Public liability insurance

Concessions/Reduced rate for student counsellors - please enquire.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime and evening appointments.

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, Essex, SS8

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