Paula Flanagan Registered Member MBACP

Paula Flanagan Registered Member MBACP

About me

Hello, my name is Paula.  I know that at times we all experience difficulties in life.
Very often we are able to sort  things out ourselves or with support from those close to us.
However, once in a while we may need help from someone to work out strategies to tackle a problem and listen to us without bias or judgement... that can be where counselling can come in.

I aim to create a therapeutic environment where a rapport is established with warmth and compassion, where making sense of the issues and how you feel and think about them is the starting point. Receiving counselling should be a life changing experience, it is something you will continue to use long after you have left the counselling room.

Counselling is an experience with unique qualities it may be the only time you can have someone listen, and understand, you do not have to worry that you will upset them and do not have to hide your feelings away.

Making contact whether by phone or email is the first step, and would allow me to contact you to see how I could help. An initial appointment gives you the opportunity to see what is available to you, help you understand the process and begin to establish the most important part of counselling; the relationship between the client and counsellor.

I offer a confidential service working in a solution-focused way, ensuring that you will be at the heart of the therapy, making your own decisions based upon what you find out about yourself.

Conveniently located a few minutes walk from Olton Railway Station and bus stops.

Fully insured and registered member of the BACP.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualified to BA (Honours) Degree in Counselling, I have much experience in working with people experiencing bereavement and loss. I have also worked with NHS IAPTs (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) with clients suffering from anxiety and depression.

I have significant experience in relationship issues, autism, grief, loss, bereavement, suicide, miscarriage, termination, self harm, alcoholism, family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, adoption and traumatic injury.

Other areas in which I have trained are:

Child Bereavement                               Play Therapy                    
Gestalt Therapy                                   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Transactional Analysis                          Motivational Interviewing
Mindfulness                                         Self Harm                          Personality Disorder
Safeguarding                                       Essential Supervision Skills                                     CBT counselling                                   Low Self-esteem               Sexual Abuse Therapy
Psychodynamic counselling                   Sleep studies                    Anger
Attachment theory                               Dissociative Identity Disorder
Grief and Loss                                     Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Female Genital Mutilation                     Stress Management

Having personal experience of the benefits of counselling means I have a genuine interest in its effects for your benefit too. I tailor the sessions to suit your needs and goals, for the best outcome for you.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pre-bereavement with a terminal illness

I do not counsel couples, for marriage or relationship counselling.

I also offer Supervision on a one-to-one basis.


£40 per session before 5pm, £45 after 5pm - these times are generally for those who are working.
I can make concessions for those on low incomes
£20 initial/assessment session and missed appointments/late cancellations

I do not see couples

Further information

I believe the most important part of counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client, which is based on confidence, trust and honesty.

I also offer Supervision sessions.

Maps & Directions

Solihull, B92

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


10am to 5pm Monday and Wednesday.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer supervision in counselling and mentoring mainly, but also supervision in an educational setting.

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