Paula Carter

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Dip in HYP CS, Dip in CST, Prof. Dip in Psy C.
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Billericay, Essex, CM11 2TB
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I'm Paula and a very warm welcome. I am registered with the National Counselling and Hypnotherapy societies. My commitment to you as a qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor and hypnotherapist is to support your journey from suffering to flourishing, from surviving to thriving regardless of the reason, root, cause, symptom, or behaviour you are struggling with, together we can navigate how to over come challenges to reach your desired goals.

Whatever you've experienced or haven't experienced does not define your identity but is a testament to your coping mechanisms and resources available to you at that time. Together, through insight, we can enhance your skills and resources to restore your natural balance, to heal attachment wounds, repair relationship fractures, update defence strategies and core beliefs  to allow your true self to shine through as nature intended.

I commend your strength and courage in taking these initial steps toward positive change, signalling your readiness for growth. 

My vision emphasises on companionship rather than advising or fixing, but guiding you step by step while attuning to your needs to facilitating insight and awareness towards beneficial solutions and resolution. 

I aspire to cultivate a warm, secure, and confidential space where we can nurture a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, and integrity, allowing you to safely share and navigate your challenges, emotional states and traits. 

I believe in you. Every individual has the right to feel safe, acknowledged, heard, and validated. You possess the freedom to assertively communicate your needs, express feelings, opinions, and values openly and honestly, and prioritise your well-being as an independent and responsible individual. You also have the right to ask questions, set boundaries, make choices, and change your mind without guilt or the need for external approval.

My aim is to intuitively integrate a diverse set of theories, techniques, and interventions tailored to enhance your unique qualities and desired goals, this will empower and strengthen your skills and resources. Through this approach, I aim to support your autonomy in reaching your full potential and fostering self-acceptance and growth.

When you're ready to embrace the next chapter of your life and pursue success, I invite you to embark on this healing journey together. With  presence, patients and persistence, I will support you to face your past present and future challenges and vulnerabilities with calm curiosity and compassion, you'll increase your creativity and confidence, you will gain clarity as you deepen your connections and relationships with yourself and others on multiple levels.

I deeply value our time together and I am dedicated and passionate to supporting you, whether you choose to meet face-to-face in my private studio in Billericay or prefer online sessions from the comfort of your own confidential space. I offer flexibility in session types and durations to accommodate your needs. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Membership

I am a Accredited member of both the National Hypnotherapy Society (NHS) and the National Counselling Society (NCS), I adhere to the ethical codes of conduct set by the professional bodies and operate under full supervision, maintain insurance and DBS, ICO.  I am dedicated to continuous personal development to grow and flourish as a practitioner.


Level 2 in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges, reflection and support and effective communication, Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills, Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory, Professional Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice Prof. Dip Psy C.

Which included theories? 

  • Analytical architype: Carl Jung, 
  • Attachment Theories: John Bowlby and Ainsworth 
  • Behaviourist approach: Skinner, Watson, Wolpe
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Beck and Ellis
  • Development theories Eric Erickson
  • Gestalt therapy theory: Fritz Pearls 
  • Humanistic theories: Carl Rogers and Maslow's motivational hierarchy
  • Hypnotherapy incorporating Neuro-linguistic programming.
  • Internal Family Systems: Theory Richard Schwartz's 
  • Sensory motor psychotherapy
  • Social exchange theory: Goerge Homans
  • Transactional Analysis: Eric Berne's
  • Polyvagal theory Dr Stephen Porges
  • Psychodynamics: Sigmund Freud, ego states 
  • Melanie Klein: object relations
  • Completed Specialized Training:
  • Carolyn Springs Trauma Training: Working with shame, suicide, self-harm, dissociation.
  • HSOH (School of Hypnotherapy): Parts negotiation therapy.
  • EFIT, (emotionally focused individual therapy) for attachment and trauma.
  • IFS (Internal Family Systems) for trauma and addictive processes.
  • Changing the ADHD brain beyond medication.
  • AEDP (Accelerated Dynamic psychotherapy interventions) working with trauma.
  • Narcissistic abuse.
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy in action.
  • Trauma-informed practice: Putting Poly Vagal theory into practice.
  • IFS Immersion: Integrating internal family systems across clinical application.
  • Relational interventions for complex trauma and attachment wounding.
  • Neurodiversity interventions for women.

I am dedicated to continuous personal development and am currently advancing through Pesi complex trauma certification levels 1 & 2 with Janina Fisher, in addition to undergoing intensive training in neurodivergence, ADHD, and Autism.  

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Initial and further sessions £50 per 60 minutes, extended sessions £70 per 90 minutes, and £90 for 120-minute sessions

Further information

I understand that sharing troubled experiences can be challenging, but rest assured, we'll navigate through them at your pace. We'll explore your current situation, the journey that led you here, your aspirations for the future, and identify the steps needed to achieve them, empowering you to make new choices along the way.

At times, we may find ourselves feeling lost, stuck, or obscured from view, much like clouds that hide the sun. Throughout life, we all encounter ebbs and flows, highs, and lows, with some experiences more intense than others. Our fundamental need to belong influences our beliefs, behaviours, personality traits, and emotional states, shaping our reality. I firmly believe that beneath the surface, your authentic self awaits, though it may be obscured by cultural conditioning and external pressures and expectations.

Our journey begins with our initial assessment, where we take the time to get to know each other, determine if we're the right fit to work together, address any doubts or fears you may have about therapy, gather your details and confidential information, assess any risks, and collaboratively develop a flexible safety and treatment plan tailored to meet your unique needs and preferences. If agreed therapy will commence with an open time contract agreement and can incorporate some of the following interventions. 

I like to utilise breathing, relaxation, mindfulness, imagery, and visualisation exercises and techniques to support emotional regulation, aiming to calm your autonomic nervous system. This creates distance and separation to review meanings and feelings, enabling a clearer insightful viewpoint to explore experiences and fully processes  them safely. Ultimately, these practices increase your awareness empowering you to make satisfactory and beneficial changes in your life without reliving the past trauma. 

53 Passingham Avenue, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2TB

Type of session

In person
Paula Carter
Paula Carter