Paula Chuter-Baker, BA(Hons), MBACP
We all have times in our lives where we face difficulties. These difficulties could arise because we are feeling depressed or anxious, it may be caused by events that we feel are out of our control i.e. bereavement, illness, redundancy, divorce or it could be a long standing issue such as reoccurring relationship problems or low self-esteem.
Counselling is a way of working with people in a safe and confidential environment to help clarify thoughts and feelings about issues that may be troubling you and helps you to find ways in which to cope.
I work in a humanistic way which means I believe everyone is unique and has strengths and resources of their own. At certain times in our lives it becomes difficult to recognise these positive feelings. By offering a non-judgemental, accepting and safe relationship, I can help you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours connected to the issues that have brought you to counselling. This promotes subconscious thoughts to become conscious, giving you a different perspective, understanding and greater awareness. It is with this new awareness that you can begin to make changes to your life.
I am an accredited counsellor with many years experience working within the NHS both in hospitals and G.P surgeries, the voluntary sector and private practice providing both long and short term counselling. I work from home as well as from private rooms in Midhurst, West Sussex and Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Over time relationships can experience many changes and challenges in our modern world i.e. expectations, becoming parents, career changes, illness, affairs, loss and bereavement, all of which can cause conflicts and stress. If these are not resolved it can cause arguments and miscommunications which can leave us feeling angry, disappointed, rejected, lonely, and resentful.
I offer a safe, neutral and non-judgemental space to help couples explore their issues and concerns. This can help identify patterns of behaviour as you talk through your experiences which can lead to greater understanding and clarity about the changes that are needed in your relationship and improve communication.
As an alternative to a conventional talking therapy taking place in the confines of a room, I offer the option of counselling sessions whilst walking in a park or countryside. I believe that by talking about problems whilst walking in a natural environment, it can give a clearer perspective, helping clients to foster change.
Research has shown that spending time in the natural environment can have significant benefits to our mental wellbeing. Combining the therapeutic process with walking, it can help promote the “feel good hormone” endorphin which reduces levels of tension, anger and depression. We walk at a pace that suits you with sessions lasting approximately 50 minutes. I offer this outdoor counselling in parks, along seafront promenades or well used South Down paths depending on the individual’s abilities within a 20 mile radius of Midhurst, West Sussex.
I work primarily from a Person Centred model which is non-directive but as I believe that one model does not suit all, I also work integratively drawing on aspects of other ways of working including Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Transactional Analysis (TA).
I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics which ensures professionalism in ethical and professional practice to protect your well-being. I have a current DBS and Professional Insurance. I also attend regular training courses to ensure my continuing professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling
Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
Diploma in NLP (INLPTA)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Recent training and workshops:-
Brief Solution Focus Therapy
Working with Self Esteem Issues
Rape and Sexual Abuse
Integrating coaching into counselling
Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
Attachment, Shame and Separation
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Working with Trans-identified and Trans-historied Clients
Working with Addictions
Understanding Domestic Abuse
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Working with Psychological Trauma
Personal Insights into Attachment Theory
Aggression in the Consulting Room
Cancer Patient Seminar
Working with Shame
Mental Health Capacity Act
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cancer/long term illnesses - through my work at local hospitals I have been able to gain in depth experience and understanding of issues connected with being diagnosed with cancer or a life changing illness i.e. depression, anxiety, anger, transition, adjustment and losses.
I have also gained experience working with carers within a Carers Support environment. This has given me a greater understanding of issues connected with caring for a loved one i.e. being able to deal with the expectations of others, feelings of anger, guilt, stress and anxiety.
Initial assessment session £35
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes - £45
Couple Counselling sessions last 50 minutes - £55.00
Concessions are available for students, low income
If you are interested in the outdoor counselling, I offer this within a 20 mile radius of Midhurst, West Sussex. We can walk at a pace that suits you in parks, along seafront promenades or well used Southdown paths depending on your abilities.