Sometimes, we find it difficult to ask for help. There are times when we are not sure what it is that we need help for? Times when we can not sleep or think.
Hello and welcome. I am Pauline and I am a qualified, professional counsellor and psychotherapist working with adults and couples in Braintree and Liverpool. With over 18 years of experience, I am able to offer a confidential and comfortable environment that allows you to feel valued and heard.
I have extensive experience in working with clients who are experiencing generalised anxiety, relationship issues, couples who are separated or divorced and wish to develop a deeper sense of understanding and an amicable working relationship with their ex partners for the benefit of their children. Severe anxiety, families in crisis, and social phobias. I also have many years of experience working alongside bereavement and loss, change, sleep deprivation, and many other conditions.
As a professional, I will work with you to explore your experiences, feelings and issues and facilitate you to make sense your experiences. Counselling with me can provide that space away from your environment, so you can start to identify and make the changes you need to move forward in your life.
I am a senior Counsellor with over 18 years experience working with Counselling and Psychotherapy at a deeper level, working with dreams, night terrors and many other dynamics which affect your experiences and behaviours.
I will continue to draw on research and evidence from the human psychology, combining these discipline's to form a holistic approach which can help you make the positive changes you need in your life. When you feel you can't cope with life's challenges, Counselling can give you the key to open that closed door, and lead you back on your life path.
What happens in the first session?
Prior to any therapy session or any intervention, an initial assessment is conducted to obtain relative information pertaining to any presenting problems or issues of concern, upon such assessment an agreed time period, will be made for you, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it in a more autonomous way.
I am mindful how difficult it is to ask for professional help. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable. As a member of the BACP, I am bound by its code of ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedures therein.
Getting in touch
If you would like to call or meet to discuss any difficulties your having at the moment I would be happy to meet you. There is also free car parking space in Braintree Essex, and I welcome visually impaired clients with their Guide Dogs.
Accepted card payments:
Please call me today on 07979 383090 or send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Counselling Skills 2001/ 2002
- Counselling and Developmental Psychology 2003/2004
- Counselling and Social Psychology 2005
- Psychodynamic Counselling 2005
- Working with Loss and Change 2003
- Case Studies, Effective Counsellor, Client Assessment and Goal Assessment 2005
- 13 years as a Drug and Alcohol Specialist, working with clients in a Drug & Alcohol Centre.
- Licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (Dr Richard Bandler with Paul McKenna)2013 2014 /15
- London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Virtual Gastric Band
- ACT Hypnotherapy
- Continual Professional Development.
I believe in a holistic concept, therapy is not a one size for all; I will adapt the therapy to tailor it for the client. I work within this ethos as part of the code of ethics.
Working with male and females in the NHS mental health with my own small patient list working with Borderline Psychosis between (2003/2005)
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
- Sleep Deprivation
- Dream Interpretation
- Sleep Discs.
I work with dreams in the therapeutic frame. This is implicit to the dreamer, our dreams have a way of telling us a story however, the signs in our dreams are about our daily experiences, when sublimation occurs, you may be confused as to what is your dream trying to tell you.
However when the therapeutic alliance is formed between the client and therapist, the therapist can interpret what is happening, when they know their history and background, through the confidentiality in the session.
Visual Guided Imagery can be used within the the session to develop ways of working with sleep deprivation and panic.
Concessions offered for
All Sessions will be 50 minutes and are by appointment only.
If you feel you would like to ask me any questions about your concerns. Please contact me by email first or leave message on my answer machine, if I'm not available
The fee for sessions range from (I have lower fees for lower incomes where fees can be discussed in complete confidentiality) lower fees per hour(fees can be discussed in confidentiality). Couples from to The fees are subject to change on an annual basis.
Rates for couple counselling and group therapy are available on request (Fees can be discussed if there is difficulty).
Cancellation of Appointments
I manage a 48 hour cancellation notice policy. All clients be required to cancel the appointment within the 48 hour of the arranged therapy session and have to be conduct in verbal conformation or you can leave a message on the voicemail Service. Failure to cancel an appointment with less than 48 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee, which is set at the cost of the therapy session. The related practitioner must be compensated for advanced bookings.
An appointment will be made for an initial assessment, this is important for both the client and the Therapist. Both client and therapist can decide if they feel comfortable working together. The assessment will be for one and a half hours. This will give the client time to discuss the presenting problem or issue of concern. Also the client has the opportunity to give details of any medication or clinical history. The rules of confidentiality are in place throughout all appointments and sessions (BACP Code of Ethics). Upon such assessment weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions will be offered as appropriate.
Referrals can be self or derive from GPs, and healthcare services amongst others.
Day and Evening Weekend Appointments
How do I make my first appointment: just call me 07979 383090 (you can also leave me a message and I will return your call to have a chat) or click here to send me an email.
I don't want anyone to know I'm having therapy: Confidentiality is key to my clients and is always paramount in my practice and ethical framework .
I don't know where to start: That is fine, We can explore where you are and look at your goals and expectations and what you want from your therapy, this is done in the first session assessment.
Do you accept referrals from employment assisted Programmes? Yes. Workplace and Charity Organisations. Please contact your human resources or O/H who will explain their process.
I work with individuals face-to-face couples, groups and telephone on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. Clients are offered eight or twelve sessions to begin therapy, a reviewing in four to six weeks to assess where they are in therapy'.