Paula Marije Clegg

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Exeter EX4 & EX5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

From our earliest experiences as babies and on through our adult lives we are instinctively guided to connect to others for our own wellbeing, and yet most of us find being in a relationship challenging at times – whether that is with our family, partners, friends or colleagues. Perhaps you have felt stuck repeating the same negative emotional pattern with others? Maybe you struggle to express your needs in a relationship, or wish you could deal with conflict in a healthier way?

The skills and behaviours we take into all our relationships are fundamentally shaped by our childhood experiences, determining how we communicate and share our emotional selves. How we experienced growing up in a family also influences the way that we parent our children, as the responsibility and challenge of parenting can often reactivate old emotional wounds.

I believe that the desire to improve how we relate to others goes hand in hand with developing a good relationship with our own Self. For example, consider the difference in how you might feel with an internal critical voice judging your actions, compared to a voice of self-worth valuing what you do. The ability to relate to oneself with compassionate, mindful awareness is key to developing loving relationships with others.

Counselling is a great place to safely explore any behaviours, thoughts and emotions that may be in the way of enjoying a fulfilled, connected life. When working with you I will create a warm, empathic therapeutic space which will support you in building a more secure sense of self. By learning how to listen and respond to your emotions, and how to develop skills of reflection (rather than impulsive reaction) you can begin to communicate with others from a calm, centred position, and feel more able to cope with life’s stresses.

New clients often want to know how long counselling will last for. Naturally this will depend on various factors, such as the issue/s they are needing help with, and the type of help required. Where some clients need practical solutions and focused support within 6-8 sessions, others find the initial sessions grow into a longer and deeper enquiry. In this process they discover new aspects of themselves that had previously been hidden, and uncover a greater meaning to their lives. Bringing together all parts of your life story into a narrative that finally ‘makes sense’ can be very healing. Each of us has a unique story to tell.

Choosing to commit to counselling takes courage. To help you work out if I’m the right counsellor for you, I offer a free 30 minute session (phone, online video or in person) in which you can ask questions and get a sense of who I am and how I work. You can also describe the issues that are bringing you to counselling and what you hope to gain from it. We can then decide if counselling with me is the right option for you at this time.

For more information about me, please visit my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

2012 - Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (accredited by BACP British Assoc for Counselling & Psychotherapy)

2016 - Professional Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents (accredited by National Counselling Society)

2018 - Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling (accredited by National Counselling Society)

I have extensive experience of working with young people in school and college settings, and have worked as a volunteer for a local bereavement charity.

I believe a good counsellor is one who continues to develop their skills and understanding throughout their working life. I am committed to my personal and professional development, and attend workshops, engage in personal therapy, and learn through research and reading.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Grounding, self-soothing techniques to support the body and nervous system

Creative and symbolic therapeutic work to enhance emotional understanding

Attachment loss, adoption issues, generational trauma

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I charge £50 per hour for counselling with individual clients, and £65 per hour for relationship work. Occasionally I am able to offer reduced fees for clients on low incomes. Please contact me if you wish to discuss this option.

A free 30 minute session can be arranged if you wish to meet me first to discuss what counselling can offer you, and decide if I am the right person to work with.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-7pm

I offer in-person and online counselling

Exeter, Devon, EX4

Exeter, Devon, EX5

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit , or contact this professional directly

My counselling rooms are currently accessed via stairs, and as it is an old building, there is unfortunately no lift available.

Online platforms