Paula Breen M.A., PG Dipl. Psych. UKCP Registered.
I have been working as a therapist for many years with a wide variety of clients, who come with a broad range of experiences and issues including anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, as well as family and relationship difficulties.
Previous clients have experienced me as approachable, warm and non-judgemental. I listen with careful attention and respect about what concerns you - this can often enable you to explore your life with a new perspective. Previous clients have expressed the sense of being “accompanied” in looking at their difficulties - I am on your side, yet not caught up in the difficulties themselves. I aim to offer a space that feels comfortable, safe and contained.
Additionally, I have worked with very quiet (some have been near silent) and highly reflective clients and would encourage that if this is you, that you trust your intuition in choosing your therapist.
How it works
We work together at a pace and a level that feels right for you. In this way, we can uncover, discover and often re-discover more of who you really are; understand the purpose behind the problems or crisis that you are currently experiencing, and explore the options that begin to present themselves.
Sometimes you might wish to explore very practical matters to improve the quality of your life.
Sometimes you might wish to work at a deeper level to understand your inner world.
Both ways are possible and both could have a transforming impact on your life.
Short term counselling usually lasts between 6 and 12 sessions. Medium and long term work last for 6 months and longer. It can depend on what you wish to resolve or develop in your life.
Coming to therapy for the first time?
Sometimes to begin to tell your story is the most daunting and terrifying task of all, and counselling might seem an impossible task to undertake. Some excellent work can be done to help ease the pain of (and to understand the meaning behind) your very difficult feelings, but it is important that you feel safe enough to start the work in the first place.
Sometimes it is important to tell your story to someone who will listen carefully and who holds the intention of understanding and accepting you just where you are today. It is from this place that the work of self-discovery starts and from here that movement or change can begin to happen.
Or sometimes, you might be very familiar with telling your story but it seems to make no difference to the uncomfortable, often painful feelings you experience; your "familiar story" only serves to hide what it is that really needs to be said and needs to be understood from a deeper place within.
Getting in touch
If any (or all) of this applies to you, do please drop me an e:mail to see if it feels right to work with me. We can have an initial session, with no obligation to continue, so you can get a first-hand sense of how I work and ask any questions that come to mind.
Training, qualifications & experience
- M.A. in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Northampton)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCPE London)
My clinical experience has included:
- NHS Counsellor for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) in Stockwell SW9
- Group Facillitator for people seeking support with Depression, Bi Polar Disorder and Schizophrenia at CAPE, an outreach and day service for people with mental health difficulties in Acton W3
- Kingston Women's Centre in Kingston KT2
- The Awareness Centre in Clapham SW4
I work in private practice in South West London and abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Additionally, I have experience of working with
- individuals who experience themselves as being highly sensitive
- individuals with family members in the prison system
- parents who find parenting a personal trial and
- those with chronic physical pain.
Individuals: £60 for 50 minute session.
First session: All sessions last 50 minutes; our initial meeting will be a chance to talk about the reasons that bring you to counselling, a chance to feel what it's like talking with me, to ask any questions you have and for me to make some initial administration notes. All sessions cost £60.
Concession rate places: I have a limited number of concession rate places available. They are open to people who genuinely cannot afford to pay the full price. Please ask if you would like more detail.
Health Insurance cover: I am also registered with Aviva Health Insurance and AXA PPP Healthcare companies. You can check with your Health Insurance company to see if you are eligible for Counselling or Psychotherapy funded by your health insurance policy. This needs to be done in advance of your starting as the insurance companies, from what I hear from clients, do not backdate payments
My practice is a 12 minute walk from Raynes Park railway station and 7 minutes from Wimbledon Chase Thameslink station.
Bus numbers 152, 163, 164 and K5 stop close by.
Bus numbers 57, 131 and 200 stop at Raynes Park railway station.
Metered parking is nearby and usually plentiful costing £1.20 per hour and free after 6.30pm.
Skype sessions and telephone sessions are available to those who live outside London and on occasion, by prior arrangement, with my London clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My practice does not comply with building regulations, but please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss access.
Early start (8.00am) and some evening appointments are available Monday to Friday. There is wider availability and more flexibility for daytime appointments.
Types of client