Paula Pratt

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB21
07718 913195 07718 913195 Registered / Accredited
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB21

About me

I'm Paula, I'm 38 and based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and all of who you are is welcome with me.

I work in a trauma-informed way to support your mind and body in moving from survival mode to rest, relaxation, healing and wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship that we create between us is where the healing takes place. There is always space for you to share, contemplate, pause and process your experience.

If you are local to Kinellar you are welcome to visit my therapy room (COVID-19 risk assessment and measures in place) or we can 'walk and talk' in the woods near my house. We can also meet online or by phone from any location and I can assure full privacy whilst I work from home.

In addition to my therapy practice I am a Yoga Teacher, I lead Shamanic Trance Dance rituals and I had a twenty-year corporate career. I maintain my wellbeing through yoga, meditation, journalling, dance and therapy (as well as pizza and Netflix!) so that I can be as present as possible with you in our session.

In our time together we may meet with your inner child and any other 'parts' of yourself which may be asking for attention. This can be deeply transformative in helping us to understand ‘why we are the way we are’. Our felt experience, such as anxiety or depression, can be symptomatic of how safe, seen and heard these parts feel. There is liberation in consciously working to care for the different parts of our self, offering each the understanding, acceptance and validation that is rightly yearned for.

We may also work with elements of Polyvagal Theory, an approach of hope, possibility and empowerment. When we explore how your early years and ongoing life experience has shaped your nervous system, via the function of the Vagus Nerve, we come to understand your responses, reactions, behaviours and self-belief. This approach helps us to lift the weight of shame, blame and guilt and allows us to live and love more fully.

With curiosity, awareness and compassion it is possible to get beyond the ‘story’ that is held in place by your biology and to become the wise and competent driver of your nervous system and inner world.

We can arrange a 10/15 minute chat prior to an initial session, please just get in touch about this and any other queries. If we are connecting online or by phone I’ll be sitting on my sheepskin rug with a cup of tea close at hand, please make sure that you are also comfortable for our session and ready with tissues, pen and paper, water and a hot drink. If we are meeting in-person I will confirm directions and safety measures in good time ahead of our session.

My very best and warm wishes,

Training, qualifications & experience

Over the last six years I have worked with clients in both short and long term relationships as they come to terms with change, loss, grief, crisis and despair.

My clients include people living with depression, anxiety, self-injury, suicidal ideation, learning difficulties, identity as intersex and transgender, trauma of neglect in childhood and adult relationships, trauma of abuse in childhood and adult relationships, drug and alcohol addiction, diagnoses of OCD, workplace and academic stress, and relationship challenges as friend, colleague, child, partner, sibling and parent.

Training, qualifications and ongoing studies:

The Polyvagal Book Study Group, with Deb Dana (August 2020)

Internal Family Systems Therapy for Healing Traumatic Wounds & Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Addiction, Dr Lexi Rothman (May 2020)

Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, with Dr Gabor Maté (April 2019)

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: An Autonomic Roadmap to Safety, Connection and Healing, Deb Dana (October 2019)

PG Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling & Psychotherapy - Persona Development & Training, University of Aberdeen (June 2018)

Volunteer Counsellor Training - ACIS, Aberdeen (June 2014)

COSCA Counselling Skills 1 and 2 - Glasgow Council on Alcohol, Glasgow (October 2013)

Introduction to Counselling - Open University (September 2013)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

  • Plant Medicine
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Empath Awakening

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dance therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Our first session together will cost £50

It is possible to agree a reduced rate for ongoing sessions, depending on your circumstances

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I am available from 10am until 9pm, Monday to Saturday

Types of client

Paula Pratt

Paula Pratt