Dr Paula Riella
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
- Doctor of Counselling Psychology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling
- B.A (Hons) Psychology
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
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £90.00 to £120.00
- £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
- £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.
Sessions are available from 9.30am until 5.00pm on weekdays (excluding Thursdays), and on Saturday mornings at 9.30am.