Sanctuary Of Mind Counselling Service - Paula Cottle
Natural Therapy Centre
36 Wigmores North
Welwyn Garden City
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. By exploring your thoughts and feelings you can begin to recognise the part you play and how other’s react to you in given situations. Exploring this further will allow you to recognise patterns of behaviour that work for you and those that don’t. Once you have increased self awareness you are in a position to think about alternatives and make choices that work for you.
I provide an environment based on acceptance, empathy and understanding to allow you to explore how your past may be linked to current situations and behaviours. The aim of my approach is to facilitate a greater self awareness; awareness of your inner world and how it affects you will provide you with more control over your life. We will work through your issues together to bring a greater balance to your life. By empowering you to recognise and change your unhelpful behaviours you will be better equipped to make sound decisions, find your own solutions and resolve issues.
I have enhanced DBS clearance for working with both vulnerable children and adults. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP Ethical Framework, attend regular supervision and continued professional development.
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.
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 10 yrs experience working with clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds on a wide range of issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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My schedule of fees are
£70.00 - Initial 90 minute Assessment
£55.00 - Standard 50 minute session
Concessions for intensive therapy
Your session is exclusively yours and can not be made available to anyone else, therefore cancelled or missed sessions will be charged.
Fees are payable on the day by cash, cheque or online banking; alternatively you can pay monthly in advance.
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.
There is wheelchair access.
Men and women enter the premises for a variety of reasons so your privacy is maintained.
Premises currently under negotiation, with availability scheduled for early April 2018. Please contact me to register your interest.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have a limited number of early morning, evening and Saturday sessions available, in addition to 9:00am to 5pm sessions.
Types of client