Paula Hegarty

Paula Hegarty



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About me

I am an experienced therapist who provides evidence based therapy to individuals who have mental health and life adjustment difficulties

The key to my service is to offer the individual a space to talk to someone not involved in difficulties and to help to develop a different perspective. I aim to help individuals become more self aware and develop healthier coping skills which are directed towards growth and better mental health. Sometimes we become entrenched in thoughts and behaviours which keep us stuck in negative patterns which are difficult to break on our own.  Therapy can start a change process which allows us to break out of these patterns and start living in a more positive manner.

I work holistically so I look beyond the problem presented to the 'whole' person as the symptom can indicate deeper issues which need healing.

I am down to earth and grounded in approach so I do not 'baffle' with science.  Rather, I develop a strong therapeutic relationship as an important part of the change process and integrate whatever therapies are most appropriate for the individual and their issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 12 years experience in a primary care setting working with adults with mental health difficulties.  I  have experience working with young people aged 12 and above in a young people's centre and college setting and have also worked in the community.  I also have supervision experience with CBT therapists and counsellors. 

My qualifications include a BA degree, an MSc in counselling, a PG diploma in CBT and a certificate in CBT supervision.  I am accredited with both BACP and BABCP.  I am qualified in EMDR therapy for trauma which is a particular interest of mine and have attended courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Sessions last approximately 50 minutes which is the time for the therapeutic hour.  I can extend sessions for trauma focused work which will be agreed with the client prior to sessions.  I offer short term and long term therapy depending on the client need.

My fees are £45 per session and I offer a lower rate of £30 for students.

Further information

I have worked in primary care as a counsellor and a high intensity CBT therapist.  I am also an experienced supervisor, both groups and individuals. 
I understand the importance of life/work balance which has made me aware of the necessity for self care.   This has directed me towards practising meditation and reiki self healing which I have found helpful.  I am also interested in mindfulness and use this with clients when appropriate.

Maps & Directions

Darlington, DL3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I offer appointments on a Friday between 9 am and 6 pm and on a Saturday morning.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I have been supervising counsellors since 2008 and high intensity CBT therapists since 2009.  I have qualified as a CBT supervisor with a postgraduate certificate.  I also supervise trainees on local HI CBT courses.  My work experience is in primary care mainly.  I have worked with supervision groups and individuals and am happy to accommodate whatever suits best.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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