Paula Marshall-Smith FdSc & BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP
I run a successful Private Practice close to the town centre of Petersfield in Hampshire. I take NHS referrals and private self-referring clients from the Guildford, Godalming and Haslemere areas, from Petworth, Midhurst and Chichester areas and the Waterlooville, Havant and Portsmouth catchment area.
I am warm and approachable. I can provide you with a trusting, safe and confidential environment, where you will be heard and feel safe enough to identify and share issues that you are currently experiencing. Therapy can move you out of that dense fog of uncertainty and despair. As human beings, we are hardwired for connection and I firmly believe that when we interconnect with the right people, a reparative process takes place and life changes, we can change for the better. Counselling gives you a space to be heard, understood and accepted for who you really are.
Effective counselling brings a greater level of self-awareness, self-understanding and discovery of new strengths. It promotes increased self-esteem and confidence, leading to a more contented life, with happier relationships. You will be empowered and supported to be independent in making your own choices and decisions. You will have autonomy and choice. I am empathic, genuine and non-judgemental.
Your anxieties can be significantly reduced as you learn to manage and share what is painful.
Your story matters because you matter.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, BA (Hons), Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. I trained with The University of Greenwich, all my training has been accredited by the BACP. I have an ongoing training program which keeps me up to speed with what's happening out there and in here. I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling at the University of Roehampton.
I offer a safe, warm, confidential environment where you can share your experience with someone empathic and compassionate. I draw on a whole range of theories which are tailored to your individual needs. I work relationally and collaboratively to help you seek a better way to feel, think and live.
Many of us lock away our hurts, we stockpile until we cannot sleep, eat or focus. We may grow so depressed and anxious that we cannot get out of bed. In my experience as a professional, counselling and psychotherapy can free you, it can liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with what can often seem and feel unbearable. If you feel your past is impacting on your present, we can explore and find a way through to a clearer, less stuck, less muddled place and a more contented way of being.
My counselling experience includes working with individuals who present a wide range of issues. These include depression and anxiety, alcoholism and drug addiction, bereavement, childhood abuse and neglect, rape, abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage. I work with menopausal issues & mid-life transitions, relationship issues, sexual problems and low self-esteem. I have a wide knowledge and experience of eating disorders and chaotic, emotional eating patterns, bulimia, anorexia and compulsive overeating.
Alongside my Private Practice, I work for Crossways Counselling Service and have supported many clients through many difficult times. I am in regular supervision to ensure I am fit to practice and working ethically according to the BACP Ethical Framework. I have an enhanced DBS certificate. I am fully covered by professional indemnity insurance.
- BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling& Psychotherapy (The University of Greenwich)
- FdSc Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.
- NVQ levels 1,2 & 3 in Counselling Skills
- Open College Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Open College Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Dependancy
- Open College Diploma in Eating Disorders
- Open College Diploma in Depression & Anxiety
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Menopause & mid-life issues.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
The therapeutic relationship plays an important part in the outcome and success of the therapy. If we feel we can work together, I would generally see you weekly over an agreed period. I offer short term and long term sessions and fees are payable at the beginning of each session. I offer a good degree of flexibility in terms of booking appointments.
Fees are £50.00 for a 1 hour session. Cash, Cheques and Bankers Draft accepted.
I work closely with other supporting agencies and I aim to offer 4 sessions per week to clients on a reduced income. These sessions run for 1 hour and the fee is reduced to £40.00.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy MBCAP. I work ethically according to the BACP framework and guidelines. I attend regular fortnightly supervision sessions with a supervisor and my work is supervised by a senior (BACP) accredited practitioner. I attend regular training workshops and CPD courses. I have an up to date current advanced DBS certificate. I am fully covered by professional liability insurance.
Private but central location. Parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, Evening and Weekend Appointments.
Types of client