Paula Sullivan MBACP
Are you struggling to cope, perhaps feeling stuck, aware that something needs to change, but unsure where to start. In these uncertain times, things just may not seem right and you maybe feeling overwhelmed, experiencing anxiety or depression.
Hello, my name is Paula and I am a qualified counsellor working in private practice in Bath. I am a warm, empathetic person and a good listener. I offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to talk through whatever is troubling you in your life.
I offer short and long term therapy to adults of all ages and can work with a variety of different methods that I feel are suitable to you and your circumstances. I see counselling as a relationship of equals and will work alongside you to help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
Having experienced for myself how our emotional health can often express itself in physical symptoms, I work holistically helping you to connect with mind and body to provide a sense of balance in your life.
How counselling can help
Sometimes we all need help to navigate the difficulties life can present. Often, we try to cope on our own or will reach out to friends or family to talk through our problems. Whilst this can be helpful, sometimes we may find it difficult talking to those closest to us, perhaps they are too close, or we may not want to burden them or are worried about being judged.
Counselling offers you a confidential space to talk through your problems and to develop coping strategies to help you in your day to day life. Rather than offering advice, counselling focuses on you, the client. Working with you to help raise self-awareness and support you in bringing about any changes you want to move forward in life.
What to expect at our first meeting?
It takes courage to ask for help and you have made the first step in visiting this site. I feel it is important at our first meeting that we get to know each other and for you to decide if you feel we can work together. You will have the opportunity to ask me any questions and I will ask you some questions to help me understand if I am the best person to help you. I do not charge for the initial consultation and if you feel comfortable, we can agree on a suitable date and time for future sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Certificate in Counselling skills awarded by CPCAB.I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold a current Certificate of Proficiency.
I work in private practice and with a local charitable organisation and have experience of helping a diverse range of clients who are experiencing mental health issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. I also volunteer as a listener for a national charity which supports people who are struggling to cope with life.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I am committed to developing my knowledge and skills through ongoing CPD. I have completed additional learning on Transactional Analysis, Working with the Inner Child, Attachment theory, trauma and an Introduction to Jung.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Menopause and Midlife Transition
Work related issues including stress, bullying, harassment and discrimination
Concessions offered for
I offer clients an initial consultation which lasts for 60 minutes and is free of charge. This gives us the opportunity to meet each other, for you to ask any questions and decide if therapy is right for you and if I am the right counsellor for you.
Individual sessions last 60 minutes and cost £40.00
Some concessions are available for students and those with a low income.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-7pm.
I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions. However due to COVID-19, I am currently only able to provide online or telephone sessions.
Ready to get in touch, please contact me or for more information please go to my website paulasullivancounselling.co.uk