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.

Contacting a counsellor can feel daunting but could also be life changing. I offer sessions that work best for you and am qualified to provide face to face, online or telephone sessions. I have the skills to work creatively and may invite you to try to do this using metaphor, creative writing or journaling. I also draw on techniques from other approaches such as CBT and solution focussed brief therapy.

I am registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework which underpins my work. All of my work is clinically supervised and I am fully insured to practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a range of clients both male and female, couples as well as children from the age of 4 to 18.  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


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


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 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.


Weekdays and evenings and some weekends.

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.

Bishop's Stortford

The Old Monastery
Bishops Stortford
CM23 2ND

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

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

Paula Jane Bantick-Ward