About me

About me,

My name is Paula. I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor. Registered and Accredited with BACP. I work with women.

As an Integrative Counsellor I do not draw on one therapeutic school of thought. I am trained and experienced in many theoretical approaches. I believe in individuality and that one theory does not work for all.

I also believe that individuals are the experts on their lives and that my role as a Counsellor is to provide a safe confidential setting and offer a trusting relationship where together we can explore any concerns, issues or difficulties you may be experiencing.

In my experience having provided such an environment client's gain awareness and understanding which gives them options that prior to counselling they did not have. With this new clarity clients can make decisions and move forward with their lives - where before they did not feel able to do so.

What to expect,

In our initial session I will discuss my contract with you, this outlines the boundaries and confidentiality. I will also ask a few questions to gather information and to check that I am appropriate person to be working with you. I use this time to check if you have any questions for me. This will take a few minutes.

We then move straight into counselling. Counselling is a process of exploring you and your concerns in a non-judgemental setting.

At the end of this first session, I will take a few minutes to check with you how you found session and if you feel that you would like to continue counselling with me. If you choose to continue, we will discuss weekly appointments and where possible arrange a regular day and time.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited Counsellor, psychotherapist Registered Member of MBACP (Accred)
Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling. 2006
Diploma In Anger Management Professional Coaching and Consultancy. 2008
Master Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique. 2010
Couple Counselling Certificate 2017

I have worked with many clients over the years covering areas listed below.
My work has been in a variety of settings including Rehabilitation centre's, counselling centres and my private practice
I have experience in 12 step work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

12 step work experience.

Registered and working with EAPS and Insurance companies including BUPA, AVIVA,  INSIGHT and many others.


Additional information

I work with BUPA and AVIVA as well as many other insurance companies, clients can often access counselling through their insurance and I can invoice companies directly.


£45 to £60 per 50 minute session. Consideration given to an individual's finances.


Monday to Friday day time and evening appointments

Further information

I am currently only working with women.

22 Parkhill Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 1EZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Paula Dawson

Paula Dawson