Paula Hutchings - Reg MBACP Counsellor, MA, BA, Adv Dip Couns

Paula Hutchings - Reg MBACP Counsellor, MA, BA, Adv Dip Couns

Dorchester Aesthetics Centre
Opp Potters Cafe
Durngate Street


07984 788944

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Dorchester Aesthetics Centre
Opp Potters Cafe
Durngate Street


07984 788944

About me

I am an experienced, friendly and down-to-earth counsellor offering:

  • Straightforward and practical therapy
  • An interactive and collaborative approach
  • Warmth, understanding and respect

I offer day-time and evening appointments on a Wednesday from Dorchester Aesthetics Centre, based here because of the highly convenient town centre location just opposite Potters Cafe. I also offer day-time and evening appointments on Thursdays and Fridays at my comfortable, home-based therapy room near Beaminster.

Issues I work with

I work with individual adults and couples and provide counselling for a wide range of issues including:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Family problems
  • Bereavement / Adjusting to loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse

I also specialise in mid-life transition coaching for women. Midlife occurs anywhere between 40 and 60 years of age and can be a challenging time in our lives. During this transition, many women may experience a growing realisation that they need to shape their lives differently but wonder what to do next. Although midlife is not without its difficulties, it can be a time of growth, satisfaction and creativity where we can discover a greater sense of personal power and a deeper pleasure in life. As a mid-life transition coach, I work alongside you and help you manage this transition as effectively and in as fulfilling a way as possible.

Who Am I?

As well as being a counsellor in private practice:

  • 8 years experience as a part-time NHS counsellor at Bridport Medical Centre where I work with a wide range of clients with a variety of issues
  • 25 years experience as an HR consultant and trainer
  • I am a qualified Coach with extensive experience of coaching individuals within organisations and also privately
  • A member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I can be found on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

How I work

I am a pluralistic counsellor. This means I am trained and experienced in using a wide variety of approaches giving me the flexibility to specifically tailor an approach that will work best for you and meet your needs, hopes and goals. I am also a qualified and experienced coach and for some sessions we may decide a coaching approach might work best.

My humanistic approach means that I believe that deep down, we all know what’s best for us and have the resources within ourselves to help us develop our potential. I will often ask what has worked well for you and build on this to help you to solve your problems, gain new perspectives and increase hope, resilience and self-confidence.

As a BACP member I adhere to their Ethical Framework so you can have peace of mind that I work to clearly defined standards and I am accountable for the quality of my work.

But by far the most important thing is the relationship between us. Coming to counselling for the first time can feel a bit daunting and takes a lot of courage. As your counsellor, my aim is always to put you at ease so you feel able to trust me and safely explore issues that may be bothering you, knowing everything we discuss is confidential. That’s why I always offer a no-obligation first session so we can find out if I'm not the right person to work with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Iron Mill Exeter)
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate in Coaching
  • Diploma in Personnel Management and Development
  • NLP practitioner certificate (Sue Knight Ltd)
  • Training in Solutions Focus, Compassionate Focused Therapy and CBT

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Each of my counselling sessions with you lasts one hour and costs:

£50 per session at Dorchester Aesthetics Centre

£45 per session at home-based therapy room in Beaminster

Between one and six sessions can often make a huge difference to the way you feel. My aim is to keep things grounded and affordable. You may also decide you would like longer-term counselling so you can explore things in more depth or work with complex problems or issues.

I offer daytime and evening appointments. I am happy to work weekly or fortnightly and often less frequently when the initial sessions have been completed.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1 1JP
Beaminster, DT8

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


Wednesdays (Dorchester Aesthetics Centre) - appointments between 10am and 8pm. Thursdays (nr Beaminster) appointments between 10am and 8pm Fridays (nr Beaminster) between 10am and 6pm

Types of client

Older adults