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 16 years experience in a primary care setting working with adults with mental health difficulties.  I  have worked with young people aged 12 and above in a young people's centre and college setting and have also offered community counselling.  I have supervise counsellors and CBT therapists for the last 10 years. 

My qualifications include a BA degree (hons), an MSc in counselling, a PG diploma in CBT and a certificate in CBT supervision.  I am accredited with both BACP, BABCP and EMDR Europe.  I have attended courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and use this approach in my work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

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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 work in primary care as a high intensity CBT and EMDR 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
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


I offer appointments on a Friday between 9 am and 7 pm and on a Saturday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have been supervising counsellors since 2008 and high intensity CBT therapists since 2009.  I completed a supervision course in bereavement with Cruse in 2006 and a HI CBT supervision course at Teesside University 2010 and I supervise trainees on local HI CBT courses. .

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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