Dr Paula Riella

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Chartered Practitioner Psychologist and Supervisor
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Cowbridge CF71 & Cardiff CF23
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About me

I am a warm, empathetic and experienced chartered psychologist who is passionate about providing the highest quality of care and treatment. I have gained 26 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 adults via video conferencing. 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. I created a pioneering trauma resilience programme, which has been adopted by the police service.

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 over 20 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

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

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£95.00 - £140.00

Additional information

Therapy sessions:

  • £95 per 50 minute session for self-funded adults  
  • £140 per 50 minute session for insurance and organisational funded individuals.
  • £140 per 90 minute EMDR session

Supervision sessions:

  • £95 per 50 minute supervision session

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.   

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions are available from 9.30am until 5.00pm. 

Cowbridge, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF71

Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF23

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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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