Pauline Boyce, Eden Therapies MBACP (Accred)
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My background is in beauty therapy and therefore a holistic approach to counselling is an important aspect in seeing an individual as a whole person not just their problem. I work from an integrative perspective, the most important aspect being the therapeutic relationship which provides a safe, non-judgemental, accepting and trusting environment.
How can counselling help
Deciding to attend counselling can be a frightening thought but taking the first step into your journey of change and restoration is a great choice to make. It’s you saying you don’t want to continue with life the way it is now. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming and it is difficult to see a way through or any hope for change. There may have been a specific or traumatic event that has brought you to this place or a long period of unhappiness, anxiety or depression. Counselling provides a safe place where you can talk and be heard, it can help to address issues and offers an alternative way of managing life.
I specialise in relationships and interpersonal complex trauma through all forms of abuse. I believe the most important relationship is the one that is within yourself as it affects all other forms of interaction and intimacy. There are many things which can affect this from the past or in the present resulting in
- low self esteem,
- identity issues,
- social phobia
- unhealthy relationships.
I have years of experience in helping survivors of sexual, emotional, physical and spiritual abuse understanding the effects this has on an individual and their ability to function in every day life.
What to expect
Our first meeting will be an introduction and assessment on the reasons for you coming to counselling. It will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half long and will let you decide if I'm the right counsellor for your needs. Every client is different as is every story so it is important that your counselling experience is 'tailor made' for you in order that you find a way forward. It is important that trust is established through a relaxed, personal, private and non-threatening environment. Weekly hourly sessions will be offered at a time convenient.
I believe in the therapeutic alliance between a counsellor and client and am very willing to take the first step with you to walk a journey towards hope and change through a short or longer term approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP accredited member working within their code of ethics and guidelines with almost 10 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy. I am a trained supervisor and offer supervision to counselling students and experienced therapists.
- Diploma in Counselling
- EMDR Practitioner (working towards Accreditation)
- Certificate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Certificate in CBT
- Certificate in Couple Therapy
- Certificate in Complex Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse
- ASSIST suicide awareness
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Dissociative Disorder
- Risk Assessment & Suicide Awareness
I am a qualified EMDR practitioner working towards EMDR accreditation. EMDR is a research based therapy used in the treatment of trauma and processing of traumatic memories. My training has also involved using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in helping understand the body’s response to trauma and it’s memories. Working with CBT also helps to look at distorted thinking and behavioural patterns that may have come out of childhood or more recent trauma which can help to overcome anxiety and depression in the present.
I have gained experience in working within a range of community and voluntary sectors as well as private practice. I work with all ages, individuals and couples.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Concessions are available for students including personal therapy and depending on the individual.
Daytime and evening appointments available
I work within the ethical framework and guidelines of BACP and continually further my knowledge through training.
I counsel and supervise within a wide catchment area at present and can see clients in Hillsborough and Banbridge.
Car parking is available.