Sanctuary Of Mind Counselling Service - Paula Cottle

Sanctuary Of Mind Counselling Service - Paula Cottle

Natural Therapy Centre
36 Wigmores North
Welwyn Garden City

07470 082030

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About me

Welcome to the Sanctuary of Mind Counselling Service.

People consider counselling for many reasons. You may have an immediate issue such as loss of a job, bereavement, or a serious health diagnosis. You may be struggling with an ongoing issue such as relationship problems, addiction, bouts of depression or anxiety. You may have asked yourself “Who am I” and not known the answer, or you may have asked and not liked the answer. Your life may seem to lack meaning and you wish to find your purpose. Or you may be curious to discover more about yourself, to understand yourself better. Counselling can help.

What Is Counselling?

At its most simple counselling provides someone to think with you, about you. Counselling provides a regular time and space in a confidential, non-judgemental environment that is exclusively yours. You can bring any aspect of your life that you may be struggling with and work with someone who is trained to actively listen and understand how you are feeling, the effect those feelings are having on you and on other people in your life. Your experience of counselling will be unique to you. You may feel improvement after your first session or it may take several sessions.

How Can Counselling Help?

Telling your story in a safe, non judgmental environment, being heard and understood may be enough. Having a neutral person to think with you should help you gain insight into yourself.  Once you have increased self awareness you are in a position to think about alternatives and make choices that work for you.

My Approach

I provide an environment based on acceptance, empathy and understanding in order to restore balance to your life. The aim of my approach is to facilitate a greater self awareness, to better equip you to make sound decisions, find your own solutions and resolve issues.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.

How I Deliver Therapy

I currently see clients on an individual face to face basis. I offer both short term solutions based therapy for immediate issues and longer term more intensive therapy. Longer term therapy allows you to explore your inner world more fully, gain deeper insight and achieve personal growth. Short term therapy can always be extended if required.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Training, qualifications & experience

I have received both Person Centred and Psychodynamic training.

I am a psychodynamic counsellor / psychotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling and a Master of Science Degree in the Psychodynamics of Human Development.

I have 11 yrs experience working with clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds on a wide range of issues.  In addition to my private practice I volunteer in a setting working exclusively with men.

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Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

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  • Sanctuary Of Mind Counselling Service
  • Counselling Room Interior
  • Natural Health Premises - Exterior


My schedule of fees are -

£55.00 - Standard 50 minute session

£70.00 - Initial 90 minute Assessment

£70.00 - Outside office hours 9:00am to 5:30pm

Concessions for intensive therapy.

Further information

Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Garden City premises are conveniently located just 5 minutes walk from the Welwyn Garden City rail station.

Parking is available directly opposite in the John Lewis car park or in the Hunters Bridge and Campus East car parks.

Men and women enter the premises for a variety of reasons so your privacy is maintained.


Currently seeking premises. Please contact me to register your interest.

Maps & Directions

Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6PH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: English


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I have a limited number of early morning and evening sessions available, in addition to 9:00am to 5:30pm sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults