About me

Hello, 

My name is Paula I use the pronouns she/her and I would like to warmly welcome you to my page. 

Firstly, there are many reasons why you may be thinking of coming to see a counsellor and it may feel like quite a daunting time for you.  Sometimes life can be very hard  in this modern fast paced world and we may find ourselves feeling like we need a little support to understand and make sense of how we feel. This can happen for a variety of different reasons and sometimes we may not even know why. You may be sat here looking for a therapist feeling like you need to be heard in a safe, confidential and accepting space but not knowing anything about the process. My aim on this site is to help equip you with information, understanding and insight to ease any trepidations you may have and help answer some of your questions.

A little about my work.

I have worked with a wide range of clients including adolescents who have experienced trouble with anxiety, depression, cyber bullying, sexuality and assault. I have worked with those who have suffered a miscarriage and lost children. I have experience in supporting the loved ones of  those involved with drugs/alcohol and substance misuse. I also have experience in neurodiversity and disabilities both professionally and personally. I have also counselled those with a diagnosis of CPTSD and PTSD and Trauma. When I trained as a therapist it was important to me to be able to support a wide demographic of people which is why I mindfully chose such diversity.

Models of Therapy

I started my training in a Person-Centred (Humanistic) model of therapy and over the years I have developed onto this. I have a First Class (Hons) degree in Integrative Psychotherapies. This means I can use several therapeutic models and cattail therapy to suit your individual needs. I have found this affective as it's a more personal and client focussed experience. It allows me to fit the therapy around you in a unique fashion suitable  only for you after all, we are all different! I really believe in therapy being delivered this way. I know many who have been to therapy and they have feel like they were made to fit the model being offered rather than the other way round. Again, this is a mindful choice of mine to ensure you are the focus and the epicentre. After all, what one person loves another one may not like . You may have a model of preference l and equally I am happy to facilitate that as this journey is about what is right for you.

My style of working is relational and experiential as  I create a warm and empathic arena enabling you to feel, 'held' as we travel the therapeutic journey side by side. It is not a path that you will walk alone as I will be with you to support you each step of the way.

How counselling can help!

It can sometimes feel like we are carrying a huge burden, whatever it is that you are feeling and experiencing together I can help you to process your thoughts, feelings and emotions and find ways to enable you to feel less troubled.  A life where you can practice self-compassion acceptance and feel a greater sense of peace . A life where you can experience feeling lighter. Counselling can help you understand your journey and it can help you to see a pathway moving forward. Sometimes it's hard to move forward when we don't fully understand our past. Therapy will provide you with a space to feel held and emotionally safe so that together we can process and organise what you feel is weighing you down.

I offer a free Zoom/Telephone call to enable you to ask what you may want to ask and to get a feel as to whether I am the right "fit" for you as I appreciate we all have our own preferences.

What to expect on your first session with me.

In our first session I will work hard to create a therapeutic relationship. I will listen as you share what has brought you to see me. I listen on a deep level so that I can place myself into your shoes and experience things from your position and perspective. Therapy is built upon a solid relationship and trust. As you entrust your pain to me the strong relationship allows you to feel held throughout the journey. This alignment is what helps us as a team to work in collaboration meaning that you are never alone and you are always understood.

I am currently only offering telephone or online appointments.

Please do get in touch if you feel I can help you or if you require more information. 

Take Care

Paula

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA Top-up Degree in Integrative Psychotherapies (First Class Hons)
    Doncaster College and University
    October 2020 to May 2021 
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101 - Drighlington Hub - Drighlington - September 2020 to September 2020 
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling
    Leeds City College
    October 2018 to May 2020 
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Skills - Leeds City College - September 2017 to July 2018 
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts - Leeds City College - October 2016 to February 2017 
  • SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Leeds City College
    Awarded: 27th May 2021 
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Wakefield Adult Education Service  - Awarded: 9th August 2018 
  • ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts  - Wakefield Adult Education Service  - Awarded: 16th June 2017 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

We currently offer therapy online to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to explore counselling safely. Some people may feel they would prefer face to face appointments, in which case please get in contact and we can discuss this further and establish what is possible for your current circumstances.

We are open Monday to Friday at 10 am while 6 pm with some evening and weekend availability on a case by case level. 

Sessions are charged in advance and a 48-hour cancellation period is applied otherwise you will be charged fully for that time. If more than 2 appointments are cancelled then you will be discharged. We say this because therapy takes commitment and is ineffective if not committed to. It may just be that it’s not quite your time and that is ok there is no judgement imparted. You can always contact us again if that changes for you. 

Sessions are for 50 minutes at a rate of £45.00 per hour

I usually work on one session a week appointments however, should it be appropriate this can be negotiated and adjusted accordingly and by prior agreement.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

My main hours of work are 10 am until 6 pm however due to demand I have opened up some evening and weekend slots.

Further information

I have developed a way of working with my clients that allows you to feel at ease. My goal is to place myself into your position and "experience" what is impacting upon you so that together we can sensitively unpack your emotions in a warm, empathic and non-judgemental fashion. 

I work in a "relational" way as therapy is most affective when the therapeutic relationship is a solid relationship. Like all other relationships it is built upon compassion, empathy, safety respect and trust. It is also void of judgement. I want you to experience a connection that allows you to feel all of the emotions associated with safety and acceptance as this will in turn help your emotional growth as it facilitates you to feel at ease and open up about what has brought you here. 

Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

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