Paula Jane Howel -MBACP (Registered) MBPsS
I am a fully qualified Person-Centred counselling therapist and registered member of the BACP. My Counselling approach is person centred whereby I use a variety of skills which suit you and your current issue.
Do you find yourself thinking the same negative thoughts causing you to feel low in mood? What messages were you given as a child by adult figures around you?This can cause the development of a negative self-image. A broken or fragile self-image can be healed; with consistency and positive treatment you can improve and mend a broken self-image. I specialise in working with people whose self-image needs healing. Your self-image is the way in which you perceive yourself or the way in which you perceive others see you. Does this ring true with you.....? If so you can be sure that I can work with you to improve your self-image in order to make changes to the quality of your life.
My experience has been working with clients with mental health difficulties who have been experiencing the pain of bereavement, anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder, depression and stress related conditions. I work with clients who have low self-esteem and lack confidence to aid build a positive outlook and to change their mind-set and perspective. I am sensitive to the needs of my clients and work on building a trusting relationship in order for us to develop a foundation, to work together and create change for you, in the way in which you want and anticipate to happen.
Through Person-Centred counselling you will feel valued. This approach uses reflection as means for you to develop clarity in your awareness, to improve understanding of your issues, problems and reactions. This encourages insight into thoughts and behaviours that will allow you to make informed decisions. I will endeavour to help you in such a way that you are able to dissolve past anxieties that are creating a negative pattern for you and as such will facilitate you in developing in the way you choose. CBT can help you develop strategies that you will have for life to enable you to make changes to your thinking and behaviour resulting in the way you feel altering. CFT another CBT based therapeutic approach can provide a basis for learning skills of compassion that will demonstrate to you the importance of feeding the internal friend and not the internal bully. These approaches are used to offer you the most appropriate technique in a given situation according to your needs and requirements.
I offer an opportunity for you to embark on a trusting relationship that can support you to achieve the goals you set. If you are new to counselling it can be a daunting prospect to choose a counsellor and attend an appointment, hence you will be welcomed in a friendly manor to open up and discuss your issues. Counselling can be very effective if you are willing to work towards change.
My personal qualities include being compassionate, attentive and analytical. I am diligent, respectful and conscientious. I am able to adapt to different types of people and help you to come to understand yourself better and gain clarity regarding past and present experiences.
Counselling can help you to develop a greater impression of your issues with an understanding of how to move forward. You will not be advised but listened to and encouraged to see your problems in a clear and responsible manor. Counselling is talking therapy whereby you will have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and learn to understand yourself more deeply and accurately.
My skills have been developed by working for MIND mental health charity, as an adult counsellor, dealing with mild to moderate mental health issues. I have experience as a mental health specialist mentor at USW whereby I support students to achieve their qualifications. I also run a private practice from home.
To book an appointment just email or telephone me.
Student person centered counsellors are also welcome at a reduced fee.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Bsc (Hons) in Behavioural Sciences.
I have a person-centred Counselling degree.
I have studied Life Coaching to Diploma level.
I am trained at Post Graduate level in Education.
I am trained in mental health first aid
I hold the assist training qualification.
My education has assisted me in developing my own sense of purpose which involves working to help others.
My experience involves working with a variety of people dealing with a wide range of issues.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 Per 50 min sessions daytime and evenings
£45 per 50 min sessions Saturday morning
Student counsellors £35
I take cash, card and Bacs payments
I run a private practice from my home and the environment is calm, quiet and safe.
I am an avid reader and I enjoy dancing, walking and cycling.
I believe that a healthy wellbeing is paramount in living a balanced lifestyle, I practice relaxation techniques as I feel relaxation is such an important factor in reducing stress reactions.
My aim in helping others has assisted my own development in a progressive lifestyle to demonstrate that following hardship and trauma a quality life can be achieved! Keep living!!
'I feel I have changed as my anxiety has just diminished'
'You helped me put things in place that has created differences in my working life that have altered my whole perception of my role, thank you'
'I feel more relaxed and my sense of wellbeing has greatly improved, I now fear less and have fun more, its been great thanks'