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About me

Hello I am Paula and my aim is to make professional counselling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, whether for yourself or as a couple.

Life is tough and you do not have to deal with it alone, I am here to help you work through and explore your problems and issues. We often find ourselves feeling alone, distressed, overwhelmed, unfulfilled and unable to cope with difficult periods in our life. Making time for yourself, or as a couple, through personal counselling can help you value your experiences, make sense of your faults and feelings, actions and reactions. I will listen to how you feel and what you are saying and help give you your voice to understand your feelings and help you move forward in your life. I will help you make sense of all your feelings and help you learn how to deal with them. These sessions will be your safe and quiet space for you to discuss anything you want to freely and in complete confidence, to help you heal yourself or find solutions for you to continue your life so that it is a healthier and happier place for you to live in.

I am a Person-Centred counsellor which means that I am genuine and nonjudgemental within our working relationship. I will apply empathy so I can have a full understanding of what is going on with you and help you find your conditions of worth to begin your healing process. I will also be non directive.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a range of clients both male and female, as well as children from the age of 4 to 18. I also provide counselling in schools for children. I have covered all types of addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse, gender identification, marital problems, sexual issues, divorce and a wide range or other presenting issues.

I am fully qualified and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) who are a UK professional body, in which I work in accordance with their ethical and legal framework.

  • Introduction into Counselling
  • AQA Level 2 & 3 in Counselling Studies
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Working in the Metaphor
  • Movement Day - YMCA
  • Counselling and Safe Guarding Place2Be
  • Diploma in Safe Guarding Adults from Abuse - Mencap
  • Graduate from the Royal Holloway University of London

Member organisations

BACP

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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£45 per 50 minute session for 1:1 individual counselling.

All fees to be paid before the session via bank transfer or cash.

Concessions are available to low-income clients and students.

If your treatment is funded by insurance, please ensure that your policy covers the cost, as you would need to pay for any shortfall.

Further information

Please feel free to message, email or call me to arrange a convenient time and date to meet and if they are not available I can offer convenient alternate slots.

I have an enhanced DBS clearance and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The Old Monastery
Windhill
Bishops Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 2ND

Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Weekdays and evenings and some weekends.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Paula Jane Bantick-Ward

Paula Jane Bantick-Ward