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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st December 2021

About me

I am a warm, empathetic and experienced chartered counselling psychologist who is passionate about providing the highest quality of care and treatment. I have gained 24 years' therapeutic experience of working in the NHS, the police service and education. I am an integrative practitioner and have received doctoral training in a variety of psychological models. These include: CBT, mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, personal-construct psychology, psychodynamic and systemic psychotherapy.

I provide evidence-based psychological therapy to adolescents, adults, older people, couples and families. I offer treatment sessions via video conferencing platforms and telephone. Alternatively, face to face sessions are available at my practices in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. I also provide supervision to psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists at various stages of their professional development.

My clinical interests and specialism

I have experience of working with a wide range of difficulties, such as anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and health anxiety), depression, panic attacks, phobias, body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, perfectionism, depression and eating disorders. I have a specialism in working with trauma (PTSD and complex trauma), particularly within 'blue-light services'. I have undertaken both doctoral and post-doctoral research in the area of trauma and resilience.

How counselling can help you

I provide a warm and supportive therapeutic space in which you can explore any challenges or difficulties that may be stopping you living an enriched, fulfilling and balanced life. During therapy, I work collaboratively to help you to identify and reach your therapeutic goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications

  • Doctor of Counselling Psychology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling
  • B.A (Hons) Psychology

My experience

In addition to my private practice, I have had 24 years’ experience of working in and managing a variety of psychology and counselling services. These have included: as the Psychological Therapies and Research Manager in the police service, within the NHS secondary mental health service, CMHT and Employee Wellbeing Service and within a staff and student counselling service in a tertiary college. I have also worked as a senior lecturer on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and course lead of the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of South Wales

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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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


From £90.00 to £120.00

Additional information

Therapy sessions:

  • £90.00 per session for self-funded adults  
  • £120.00 per session for adolescents, families, couples and for individual adult sessions funded by insurance or an organisation

Supervision sessions:

  • £90.00 for supervision (concessions available for trainee practitioners)

Bespoke training sessions:

  • Please enquire

It is important to find the right therapist for you. Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation discussion about working together.   

Fees are based on 50 minute sessions. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Sessions are available from 9.30am until 5.00pm on weekdays (excluding Thursdays), and on Saturday mornings at 9.30am.  

Vale Of Glamorgan


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have completed British Psychological Society approved supervision training. I offer professionals up to date evidence-based models and techniques.

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Dr Paula Riella

Dr Paula Riella