Paula Harvey MBACP, Dip. Couns
My name is Paula and I am a fully qualified integrative Counsellor . This means I have several different theories that I refer to when helping you to overcome any difficulties you may be having. I am a member of the BACP (British association for counselling and psychotherapy).
I believe that the way we function in the world, stems from our experiences. Before I qualified as a Counsellor, I taught Psychology for twelve years. I have an excellent understanding and knowledge of human behaviour and what makes us who we are. I believe, that our childhood shapes us.
Theories tell us that, from a time in our life, before our earliest memories, we have unconsciously formed a way of being in the world. These patterns of relating to others and situations may be what is causing you difficulties.
Do you find yourself awake at night with a head full of worries? and no matter how hard you try you cant make them disappear! I used to be that person. I had no idea how much personal therapy would help me. Are your negative thoughts ruling you and ruining your life? You may be having relationship problems, have a constant feeling of anxiety, worry or dread. You may have suffered from a bereavement and are struggling to come to terms with your grief. Are you struggling with addiction of some kind? Depression? Do you suffer with low sense of self worth or self esteem? Do you lack a sense of purpose in life or maybe you have lost your identity? Are you self medicating with drink, drugs, or other harmful behaviours? Until you get to the root of your negative thoughts, these difficulties will not go away and your self defeating cycle will continue. If so, I can help you to find the answers.
Our thoughts equal our ideas, opinions and beliefs about ourselves. Often, for one reason or another, these are negative. I can help you change these harmful thoughts.
I offer face to face therapy for individuals and couples. I also offer walking/talking therapy in the local woods.
Get in touch for a free chat about how we can work together. We can do this face to face or over the phone. See my website www.essextalkingtherapy.co.uk or call me on 07494 965849
Training, qualifications & experience
- NCS Diploma in therapeutic counselling (integrative)
- Diploma in Psychology (UEL)
- Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Counselling skills (CPCAB)
- Professional training in couples counselling (Complete-couples)
- Certificate in counselling teenagers (IATE)
- Intensive bereavement training at Saint Francis Hospice
- Adult mental health first aid
- Understanding child development, attachment and trauma
- Gangs and youth violence
- Working with shame
- Domestic violence champions.
I have worked with both adults and adolescents and have dealt with many different presenting issues. These include, bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, depression, low self worth and self esteem, relationship difficulties, self harm. I received intensive bereavement training in a Hospice and accumulated over 100 clients hours in that role.
I am aware that relationship difficulties, as well as other issues, originate from our way of relating to others. We usually unconsciously pick this up from childhood. We then form relationships with others who bring their own patterns of relating to the relationship. When the honeymoon period is over, our patterns of relating are often exposed and these sometimes clash, causing difficulties. Understanding each others patterns and working together to find a way forward is key to a healthy relationship. I can provide support for couples who wish to separate, or help those who can’t decide which way to go.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Walking/talking therapy (see below for more details).
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£50 individuals per 50 minute session
£70 for couples per 50 minutes session
£55 for walking, talking therapy in the local woods
£30 Student counsellors
I also offer walking/talking therapy in my local woods (Hockley)
Some people don't feel as comfortable sitting face to face in a counselling room as they do when in the outdoors walking, shoulder to shoulder. Others just feel happier outdoors. Not only that, walking out in the countryside is a great way to relax. Conversation will flow easily as we walk through Hockley Woods. You can set the pace.
Research has shown that walking boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Regular exercise, through the production of feel good endorphins, can improve mood and self-esteem
Our first session will be in my therapy room. During this session, I will collect your details and discuss if we feel we can work together. If we are in agreement, we will arrange our next session outdoors.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday 4pm - 8pm Thursday 4pm - 8pm Friday 4pm - 7pm Sat 8-11am
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|