Paula Marije Clegg - MBACP
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attachment loss, adoption issues, generational trauma
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work in the centre of Exeter on Tuesday and Wednesdays, evening sessions available on both days.
Types of client