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Paula Marije Clegg - MBACP

Exeter, Devon, EX4
07817 740347
Exeter, Devon, EX4

About me

I qualified as a therapeutic counsellor in 2012 and since then have worked with adults and young people (16 years and above) in short and long-term work. I have worked as a counsellor in local educational settings for many years, and I also have experience of counselling clients with issues arising from adoption. In 2018 I took additional training in Relationship Counselling in order to support couples and families.

My own life experience and therapeutic journey have given me a rich understanding of issues such as generational trauma, childhood loss, and damaged patterns of attachment in the parent-child bond.

I am trained as a Gestalt therapist. The word “gestalt” is originally German and refers to a way of seeing a person holistically, in the belief that all parts of ourselves (emotions, body, mind and spirit) are interconnected and meaningful.

Gestalt is a relational therapy, which means that the relationship between the client and counsellor is an essential part of the process. If a client feels accepted and understood in a safe, supportive relationship they are able to gain a greater understanding of past and present issues, and to feel empowered to make positive changes in areas where they are stuck.

In developing this therapeutic relationship I bring warmth, compassion and sensitivity to who you are in the moment.

Counselling can be many things to different people. Some people seek help for relationship difficulties, anxiety or depression, and are able to learn creative strategies for coping better. 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 the life story into a narrative that finally ‘makes sense’ can be very healing. Each of us has a unique story to tell.

Finding the right counsellor may feel daunting so I offer a free 30 minute session 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 my work, please click this link to visit my website: www.holdingthespace.uk

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 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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment loss, adoption issues, generational trauma

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative


I charge £40 per hour for counselling with individual clients, and £45 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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I work in the centre of Exeter on Tuesday and Wednesdays, evening sessions available on both days.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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