I set up private practice in January 2019 under authentic counselling (trading name of Paulpaula limited). I choose the word authentic as I feel it is at the core of who I am and that by being authentic I reflect genuine care and empathy towards my clients. By being myself I encourage clients to be themselves. I aim to create the type of space where someone can be his or her authentic self, at least for an hour. Hopefully this will allow them to struggle a little less with showing others that version of themselves outside of the therapy room.
I offer a professional counselling service to individuals, couples and young people. As a pluralistic therapist I utilise a number of different techniques in order to best meet the clients needs. I believe that different things help different people at different times in their life and it is not a one size fits all process. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the last 3 years while working at women's aid as a volunteer counsellor and domestic abuse practitioner. I have completed various CPD courses over the years which have mainly focused on the impact of trauma and abuse.
I have worked with insight counselling for the past 5 years 2 years as a student and 3 years as a qualified counsellor. I have gained a vast amount of experience in working with clients with varying difficulties in their life which have included PTSD, trauma, abuse anxiety, depression, self harm, suicide, stress, long term health conditons, eating disorder, addiction , relationship difficulties, BPD, Bi-polar,ADHD, Autism etc.
Since working in private practice I have worked with a number of couples allowing them to explore/manage relational difficulties, breakdown in communication and disconnection within the relationship. Helping them to communicate better, reconnect emotionally/physically and to move forward in their relationship.
I am also experienced in working with children and young people providing them with a safe and playful space in which they can express their emotions, thoughts and behaviours through talk and play. I have recently completed a course which allows me to work therapeutically with children age 4 + utilising creativity and attachment theory.
I will always work at the pace of the client I strongly believe that they are the expert in their own life experiences. I feel it is important to collaborate with the client, couple or CYP throughout the counselling process. The relationship is key to the counselling process and I strongly believe that authenticity plays a key part in allowing this to flow naturally.
As well as the therapies listed below I have experience in working with DBT, Emotion focused therapy, Mindfulness and trauma based interventions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Children matters certificate - working therapeutically with CYP
- Masters in counselling with a focus on domestic abuse
- BSc hon’s Sociology -
- Trained in facilitating survive and thrive
- Trauma-informed practice
- Mental health and domestic abuse
- Counselling and domestic abuse -
- Attachment in life long relationships
- Generalised anxiety
- Suicide awareness
- Vicarious trauma
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual - £45 per 50 minute session.
Couple - £60 per 50 minute session
Children and young people -£45 per 50 minute session.