About me

I am an experienced qualified Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and offer affordable rates.   I am also a Clinical Supervisor and provide supervision for counsellors.  I work with individuals, couples and families from all different backgrounds developing a greater awareness of self.  The areas of counselling I deal with:  Abuse, Addiction(s), Adoption, Affairs and Betrayals, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Binge Eating Disorder, Bullying, Inter-cultural & Identity issues, Depression, Generalised Anxiety, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Disorder, Relationship Issues, Separation and Divorce, Sexuality, Stress, Termination/Abortion/Miscarriage, Trauma, Work Related Issues.

I work from a integrative perspective, looking how past experiences, behaviours might shape and influence our thinking in regards to both our present relationships with others and in our relationships with ourselves and our own personal, spiritual and/or cultural identities.  Whether your problems are identifiable, or confusing, counselling can help you deal with emotions that are difficult to understand, giving you fresh insight into your life in order to find the best way forward.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.  I adhere to their code of ethics and standards of practice.

Part of my training was in Drug & Alcohol Services for four years alongside private practice, equipping clients with a range of tools and techniques to help manage anxiety/depression in a safe confidential counselling setting and in a doctor's surgery.  

While training as a counsellor, I have worked for more than four years with a homeless charity and over five years with NHS Mental Health Services.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my BA Hons in Counselling relating to "Research Methods for Counsellors, Freud & Object Relations, Counselling & Society and Counselling Research Dissertation".  CONEL is one of the leading training institutions in the UK with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence and is part of Middlesex University.  It is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, incorporating "Psychodynamic/Integrative Approaches, Inter-Cultural (Racial Identity Development Models, Attachment Theory & Culture, Identity & Mixed Parentage), Short Term Solution Focused Therapy, Working with Addictions".

I also hold the following:

Certificate in Drug & Alcohol Training

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills

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

Part of my work was for a homeless charity working with client's addictions, mental health problems, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, identity issues, domestic violence, sexual abuse, attachment issues, trauma, loss, bereavement, sex working and housing issues.


Additional information

Initially there is a consultation fee of £45 for individuals; couples £60; families £60 for 50 minutes where we could discuss your needs and expectations and whether you feel counselling would be helpful to you.  Concessions will be considered for people on low incomes.


Weekdays: Evenings - Monday to Thursday & day time Mondays & Tuesdays

Further information

I practice in London SW12

Balham, South West London SW12 convenient for central and south London.  It is easy to reach using the Northern Line to Balham or Clapham South Overground Rail to Balham from London Bridge or Victoria and is accessible from major bus routes.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified Integrative Supervisor, holding a Level 6 Diploma in Therapeutic Supervision.

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Paula Hoppins

Paula Hoppins