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About me


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

Qualifications

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Experience

I work in private practice and have experience of helping a diverse range of clients with their mental health and wellbeing.  I have supported clients with managing anxiety, overcoming depression, improving low self-esteem and processing trauma.

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 and an Introduction to Jung.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopause and Midlife Transition

Work related issues including stress, bullying, harassment and discrimination

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students

Additional information

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 £45.00

Some concessions are available for students and those with a low income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday  9am - 4pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-8pm.

Further information

I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions.  

Ready to get in touch, please contact me or for more information please go to my website paulasullivancounselling.co.uk

Bath, Somerset, BA2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme