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MBACP Reg. Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile, I'm Paula.

If you are looking for a counsellor who will listen to you, encourage and empower you on your journey to a happier life or to manage the one you have more effectively - I would be happy to help you on your journey.

Every journey is different, unique and individual. Each session may vary for you. Sometimes it is hard to find the words, sometimes there are not enough minutes to say everything you want too in that session, and the session goes very quickly. Each session is an hour nearer you managing your anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, low self esteem, grief and many more feelings that you will be experiencing.

After Covid, many issues and anxieties and feelings have come into your awareness and your life may have changed. You may feel you are no longer yourself, or can cope with day to day issues, that you have always managed.

You are not alone.

Our world became smaller for a long period of time. Lots of people are struggling and trying to make sense of how they feel. This is very normal. You are ok and may need some support back into day to day life again. Time in lockdown has helped people sit with themselves or others and maybe some life adjustments or support may be needed. I hope you will feel safe enough to choose counselling.

For those of you who may feel daunted by counselling, please feel rest assured, it is safe and a really empowering experience. It can be painful at first, but you will move through this feeling, into a better space to think or accept and move forward out of your current feelings.

If you have not had Counselling before, or you're unsure about the benefits of counselling and how it works, I will explain and answer questions you may have.

It can feel scary, but I hope to help you feel at ease and support you through your therapy sessions. Counselling is an empowering experience and I look forward to supporting you while you work through your feelings and move forward. I can also help you with coping strategies to help you manage your thoughts, feelings and actions that may be hard for you to manage.

A counsellor does not tell you what to do. We simply help you get your life back on track and to help you feel in control and empowered. We all have the power to heal ourselves from within, and a counsellor will guide you to find your own power to manage yourself and the situations around you.

I am glad you are considering counselling, and I look forward to meeting you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member MBACP
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Hospice Bereavement Training

I have experience working with mental health patients and teenage issues within a secondary school. I use talking / drawing therapy for teenagers who may find eye contact difficult or just don't know where to start with their counselling journey.

You need to find a counsellor you feel safe to talk too.

So I would like to tell you a little about me and my experience to give you a sense of whether you feel safe enough to work with me, as this is very important for you.

My background is nursing. I was a healthcare worker in many settings. Mental health, forensic, palliative ( hospice nursing and as a bereavement counsellor), general and surgical nursing. Currently, I work in a secondary school as a well-being mentoring supporting students with anxiety, low self esteem, anger, low confidence, exam stress, self-harm, low mood/depression and behavioural issues. Teenagers are sometimes unable to express themselves by words and this is where talking and drawing therapy comes in and has been very affective for them.

I have been a qualified counsellor for 11 years.

I am a humanistic counsellor, which means I use lots of different theories of counselling. For those of you reading my profile who want to know the types of counselling that may come into your therapy are; Carl Rogers, which is person centred. I'm empathic, accepting and caring to help you be the best you can be. Other types of counselling which come into sessions are Gestalt, CBT and Jung.

Member organisations

BACP

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

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer face to face appointments, whats app video appointments or telephone appointments. Please call or email me for an appointment or any information.

When I work

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Weekday and evening appointments, Saturday daytime appointments. In the School holidays I may have day time appointments available. 

Further information

I work online and in Larkfield, there is easy parking.

Aylesford, Kent, ME20

Type of session

In person
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Types of client

Children
Young people
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Older adults
Organisations

Key details

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