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Counsellor, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

When I work

Monday to Friday day time and evening appointments

Further information

I am currently only working with women.

22 Parkhill Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, 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

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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