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About me

In these uncharted times, when both young and old are being asked to stay home, the need for counselling support has never been greater.

Whilst young people are considered to be at low risk, their mental health may suffer. Timely interventions can help all to arm you with the right tools to manage issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem amongst others.

Life can present us with unwelcome events at any age. Professional counselling can't change these events but can provide tools and techniques to help minimise their impact.

In my practise, counselling is primarily about the relationship between you and me. It is a talking therapy where we can explore what is troubling you in a safe, non-judgemental setting.

Every person is an individual and therefore counselling can be different for everyone. I draw from several recognised approaches to work progressively and collaboratively with you.

I am more relationship driven rather than theory driven. Having experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship it is my personal philosophy that the power of the therapy is in the quality of the relationship between the client and the counsellor.

The aim is to help you make continual progress through each session to ensure your sense of well being is restored.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College
  • Cpcab Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Young People -Redlands
  • Working with Young People - Anxiety and Panic Issues - Redlands
  • Level 3 Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills - EDAS Learning Centre
  • Introduction to ACT- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - EDAS Learning Centre
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing - EDAS Learning Centre
  • Certificate in Life Coaching
  • Smart Recovery Facilitator - UK Smart Recovery
  • Wessex Cancer Trust - Volunteer
  • Sussed/ 507 Youth Advice Centre Bournemouth -  Volunteer

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Declutter Therapy

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Free initial 30 minute session: Face to face or by telephone

Adult 50 minute personal sessions: £40

Young person (Under 18) 50 minute session: £30

An additional fee is applicable for home visits dependent on distance.


Monday to Friday 12pm to 7pm Saturdays 10am to 4pm

Further information

Having worked for many years in schools and local charities, with children and young people; between the ages of 5 and 24; including those with special needs, I have gained a wealth of experience helping to resolve the challenges facing these individuals and their families.

In addition, my work with local recognised charities, has given me direct experience of counselling adults and their family members with the difficult subjects of inter-family relationships, diagnosed critical illnesses along with drug and alcohol abuse.

This experience provides the foundation upon which we can build and resolve most issues that may be troubling you.

A brief call is all it takes to make that first step to a better place.

Being based in Wimborne I'm ideally situated for those living in: Colehill, Ferndown, Broadstone, Corfe Mullen, Bear Cross, Kinson, Moordown, Winton, Poole, Verwood and Ringwood.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

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Paula Phillips (MBACP) Young People & Adult Counselling

Paula Phillips (MBACP) Young People & Adult Counselling