Dr Paula Richards, Counselling Psychologist
Starting therapy can be a scary prospect, and whether you’ve been on this journey before, or completely new to it, it's likely to be an anxious time. A key part of therapy is building a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust - this is fundamental to my approach, and a core foundation of the service I offer to you.
We are all different, no two humans are the same, and regardless of diversity or diagnosis, I will work closely with you as an individual, to identify your needs and tailor a bespoke therapeutic experience that works. We will work collaboratively to explore your current difficulties, your past traumas and your future goals, whilst all the time taking things at a pace and depth that is comfortable and safe for you.
Lockdown has had an effect on all of us, and whilst some might be counting down the days to freedom, others may be experiencing fear and anxiety of having to go back to 'normal'.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and I am registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Additionally, I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and hold recognition approval to provide therapeutic services with AXA PPP Healthcare, Vitality Health and Aviva. If you hold private medical insurance with any or these providers you may get funding for your therapy - please check with your provider.
I am an integrative therapist, which means I will draw on a range of different modalities. I am skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness. All my work is supervised by a Senior Counselling Psychologist (supervision is an ethical requirement of all Counsellors/Psychologists and all client information is strictly confidential).
I have undertaken a wide range of professional training and performed a number of different roles within the NHS, and have also worked as therapeutic lead in a private rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic.
I have expertise in all types of common difficulties, including addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. I have worked with survivors of sexual abuse, personality disorders and more complex difficulties including paedophilia, coprophilia, and Tourette's Syndrome to name a few.
I have a varied portfolio of clients, from high profile to everyday people, so whatever your situation, discretion is assured.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Spectrum of 'philias''
£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
£85.00 per session (50 minutes)
Block bookings of 12 sessions (pre-paid) are offered at £950.00
Initial telephone consultation - free of charge
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all sessions are currently delivered remotely via Zoom. I can therefore offer sessions to everyone, regardless of location.