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About me

I am Relate trained and have over 6000 hours Relate and Private Practice counselling experience.

Counselling is about finding a way forward which feels right.  Coming to counselling can open up a new world because it's about learning to communicate with your partner in a way which makes each of you feel listened to and understood.

I work in comfortable, private and discreet rooms in Oakham and Gretton which offer convenient parking. Rutland and the surrounding areas of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire can access my practice with ease.

What do I offer?

Counsellors are professional listeners and we are skilled in hearing what it's like for you.
I look to offer a safe haven for couples and individuals to express their needs and fears and then we work together towards resolving them.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for Relate for 9 years practicing as a Senior Relationship and Couples Counsellor.

I am a specialist with expertise within Couples and Individual Relationship Counselling and have over 6000 hours of formally evaluated counselling sessions.

After a full time career in business and schools I returned to university and graduated in 2010 from Hull University with a UAD (University Advanced Diploma) in Couples and Relationship Counselling.

I have built up a wide experience of couple situations and dynamics and offer counselling for a wide range of issues impacting on a relationship.

As per the BACP ethical guidelines I have regular individual supervision, regular group discussion/feedback and attend regular training CPD's (continuing professional development) to stay informed and up to date of any new developments.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and as above adhere to their guidelines of ethical working practice.


.....very positive much better than imagined. Gave us tools to continue improving our situation. KI

....such a positive cathartic experience.......working with you was amazing.  AS

.....made a life changing difference, thank you.YR

.....you made us feel very comfortable especially in such a serious situation.  IK

.....very positive experience, thanks for getting our marriage back on track and we know what we have to work on.  AK

Member organisations


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Any behaviour that impacts on a relationship is explored and the consequences/impacts are looked at.

Couples and individuals can benefit from talking through their relationship situations covering areas such as generalised personal anxiety/break down of communication/health issues/child care/commitment/intimacy for example whilst finding ways of working towards moving forward and feeling positive about the future. 

We explore ways and tools to find understanding of ourselves and each other and the habits and behaviour that can get in the way.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Each Couple counselling session lasts up to an hour and costs £60 per session.

Each individual relationship session lasts up to an hour and costs £50 per session.

What happens next?

We have an initial consultation to discuss your situation and this will last up to 1hour.

This session is also used to complete administration and is charged the same hourly fee rate.

Following on from this appropriate counselling sessions are arranged if that is the best way forward.


I offer both week day and evening sessions in Oakham and Gretton.

Further information

I encourage clients to think of counselling as a positive move and dealing with relationship issues as a spring clean and looking at new ways forward. One which helps us to look at the bigger picture, within a non judgemental, no blame, no taking sides space.


16 Arnhill Rd
NN17 3DN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Due to Covid 19 I am working via Skype which is encrypted laptop to laptop


Paula Woolnough MBACP UAD Couple and Relationship specialist. Relate trained.

Paula Woolnough MBACP UAD Couple and Relationship specialist. Relate trained.