Paula is an Integrative Counsellor with her core approach based in Person Centred Therapy.
With experience working with clients with a wide range of issues she draws upon different approaches to suit the individual needs of each person. Paula works in a person centred and non directive way.
This means that she values you as a whole person and your ability to know what is right for you.
That when we feel really heard, understood and accepted by someone it can enable us to be more true to ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves (with others and with life) can hold keys to our own personal growth and healing. I have always found people, personality and behaviour fascinating and believe that, whatever our situation, within us is the ability to change.
That everyone has within them a drive to evolve and that life on this earth is a journey. External environmental factors and early childhood experiences can often have a detrimental impact on the development and journey of each person, and we all experience some negative experiences within our lives
But with our amazing abilities as humans to love, value, seek meaning, explore and learn to be aware of ourselves, we can realign ourselves back on our journey of Self exploration and healing. We can strive to reach our full potential, to let go of negative harmful experiences, thought patterns and behaviours and to connect with ourselves (our inner relationship with our true self) and connect in a healthy relational experience with others around us.
Qualifications and Training.
Paula is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and she works within their Ethical Framework and abides by their Codes of Practice. She also attends supervision to ensure her practice continues to be safe and ethical. She completed her training at Strode College, Street, Somerset and gained her qualifications from the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).
• CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
• CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
• CPCAB Level 4 Certification in Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice and CPD Working with Binge Eating.
• CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
• CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
• NCS Accredited Level 6 Advanced Diploma
in Counselling Supervision.
• Certificate in Couples Relational Counselling.
• PODS-Working with Relational Trauma-dealing
with disorganised attachment.
• PODS-Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery-healing
During her training Paula worked as a volunteer counsellor for a couple of local agencies, including a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre where Paula gained experience working with clients with diverse mental health issues including addiction, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, OCD, PTSD,
bi-polar and schizophrenia.
Paula works with clients on a one to one basis and facilitates group therapy and support groups. She works with issues including trauma; anxiety and depression; angers issues; dissociation and dissociate identity disorder; eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder); suicide/self-harm; childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual abuse; bereavement, grief and loss; relationship breakdown and relationship conflict; severe neglect; psychological, emotional and mental abuse; addiction- all forms of legal and illegal drug dependency, alcohol dependency, sex addiction and gambling.