Paula Bowen-Scott

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working with Depression/Anxiety/Trauma/Relationships/PD/Loss
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PT
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I aim to help you find a way forward.

If you are feeling depressed or anxious, for whatever reason, I can help you. Whether it is your relationship, family issues, trauma or difficulties at work, please get in contact.

I have 22 years experience of working with people with depression and feeling unable to cope, and I know that counselling can help you. I can offer you a safe environment to explore whatever it is that you are struggling with.

If you have been affected by trying to cope with this ever shifting world and feel that it would help to talk about this, I am here to listen and help you.

Our world has changed, and is continuing to change, and this can be a very unsettling time. Our contact with others and our ways of working have also changed and making these adjustments is difficult to make sense of. I know that I have had to rethink lots of things as I expect you have too.

Unexpectedly spending all your time alone or with your family can cause all kinds of mood swings and doubts about relationships and life in general. If you have been feeling anxious, low or depressed, talking to someone outside your situation can help to clear the fog, and allow for you to make different choices.

As you have probably become aware, we are developing new channels for communication and this includes counselling, making it far more accessible from wherever you are in the world. I work Face to Face, via Zoom, telephone, or walking/talking sessions.

So, please, don't struggle on thinking that there is no help for you. I am here, and waiting for you. I have had a lot of experience with online counselling and am very comfortable to introduce you to this way of working. It works.

I offer counselling  sessions tailored to suit your needs. Whatever your path through life, whether you are living with emotional wounding that goes way back,  or dealing with more recent difficulties,  my aim is to help you deepen your insight and expand your vision to find a more beneficial and meaningful way of living.

My counselling practice goes back twenty two and is the result of both personal and professional discoveries,  which have led me to ways of working with people that can be effective with all ages and concerns,  however diverse.

I  worked in the NHS as a Senior Counsellor for almost fifteen years, as well as in the voluntary sector and private practice.

I am fundamentally an existential counsellor but draw on a range of different resources to bring therapeutic help to personal,  professional, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, creative, existential and spiritual concerns.

I am aware that talking therapies can be difficult at times and although we might need help, it can be hard to put things into words, which is why I also work in creative ways as well, such as stones, drawing, sand tray, dreams, metaphors.

Whether your concerns are psychological symptoms or something else that's hard to define,  I'm happy to talk with you about your needs.

I also offer supervision to other counsellors.

Get in touch when you feel ready to take the next step.........

Training, qualifications & experience

- Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred & Existential Counselling.
- Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Supervision.
- Diploma in Sound Healing (Gong Practitioner )
- Trauma Training
- CBT training
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy training
- Personality Disorder training
- Anger Management training
- Dealing with Depression without Drugs
- Anxiety Management

I have worked with both long and short term clients with very wide and diverse issues. I have over twenty years experience and am totally committed to offering my skills and knowledge to help you.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone or online meeting for us to see if we are a good match and for you to ask any additional questions that you might have, regarding counselling, or my practice.

  • 50 minute counselling session  - £55.00, concessions negotiable depending on circumstances.

  • Full hour of supervision -  £ 70.00

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I aim to be as flexible as possible to try and accommodate each client's individual availability, whether online, telephone, walking/talking or F2F.

Further information

Sound therapy is excellent for stress,  anxiety,  depression,  relaxation, both physical and emotional discomfort.

During a sound therapy session, you will simply lie down (fully clothed), and be immersed in the powerful sound waves created by the gongs enabling the mind and body to relax and release any stress and tension.

I also offer walking talking sessions, and  so if you would prefer your session outdoors,  we can discuss a way to make this happen, or we can just sit outdoors and talk.

15-16 Castle Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I  trained as a Supervisor with ReVision - Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis, and qualified in  2006.

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Paula Bowen-Scott
Paula Bowen-Scott