Dr Paula MacMahon. Counsellor and Psychotherapist. UKCP. BACP
There are times in most of our lives when we might benefit from support to meet life's challenges and finding alternative ways of seeing things. If you are thinking about therapy, you are probably not as happy as you could be or possibly feeling stuck and seeking new ways of moving forward. You may even be suffering on a daily basis and/or causing others to suffer. These experiences often come to the fore during major life transitions; bereavement, the break up of a relationship, the loss of one's job or when faced with post-natal depression or the threat of serious illness. During these times, many of my clients find that their usual ways of coping no longer seem to work, leaving them feeling stuck, anxious or depressed.
Other clients attend simply unable to explain or describe their unhappiness but with low self-esteem or more generalised feelings of anxiety or depression. Whatever the case, counselling enables them to develop a greater understanding of themselves which is empowering and promotes resilience.
What seems clear is that when you give yourself the time and space to be heard with someone who can truly listen to your concerns in a non-judgemental way, talking can help you feel more coherent, valued and alive. This promotes an increased sense of wellbeing and the strength to face life's vicissitudes with strength and courage.
My practice is based in Richmond where I see clients from the surrounding areas, Sheen, Kew, Twickenham, Hampton and Kingston and across West London.
My approach is integrative which means that I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches such as existential humanism, psychodynamic therapy and the cognitive behavioural approach calibrating an approach suited to your needs. I also draw on mindfulness based approaches which can complement counselling and psychotherapy. Mindfulness is an evidence based approach to dealing effectively with stress, anxiety and depression. It is also a great way of developing self-awareness and facilitating personal development and growth.
I work on a short term or long term basis with individuals depending on their situation. At the initial meeting we will talk about the issues that have led you to seek help from a therapist as well as the most suitable approach for you. Whatever the approach, I believe that the most important aspect of psychotherapy is a warm, relaxed and supportive relationship based on trust and confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych). My area of interest is emotional resilience.
Diploma (Dist) in Transpersonal and Integrative Supervision. Psychosynthesis Trust
Mindfulness teacher development training (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) at the Centre for Mindfulness, Bangor University.
PG Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy. Metanoia Institute
I have over eighteen years experience providing both short term and long term psychological therapy with individuals in both the private and charity sector as well as taking referrals from G.P's. My work at Metanoia Research Clinic and my studies towards a Doctorate in Psychology and Psychotherapy have been important in helping me develop an integrative approach which is grounded in research about what works in therapy as well as helping me keep abreast of new ideas and concepts in the field. I have also worked with Cruse Bereavement Care and at a woman's refuge centre gaining valuable experience in working with trauma and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions run for fifty minutes and usually take place once a week at a cost of £60 per session.
If you are on a low-income or unemployed please ask about concessions.
You pay after each session. You do not have to pay in advance or contract for a definite number of sessions.
I am always happy to chat by email, text or on the phone even if you are only considering counselling. All conversations are in complete confidence.
At present, my availability is mainly daytime from 7.30am. Occasionally an evening slot becomes available. Please let me know if this is your preference.
I have a Doctorate in Psychology and Psychotherapy and am a UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist. I am also an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and adhere to their Code of Ethics. I have full public liability insurance.