My name is Paula, I have over ten years experience of working within the mental health field as a counsellor/ psychotherapist.
I have practised as a therapist for many organisations and services including: MIND the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, The Nottinghamshire Carers Federation, Employee Assistance Programmes, Community Mental Health Teams in NHS primary and seconday care.
I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
Over the last few years my clinical practice has been within the NHS as a dual trained clinician in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Counselling. I offer psychological assessments and treatment for different problems including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Phobias, Social Phobia, PTSD, OCD and more complex cases. My clinical practice involves one-to-one therapy, facilitating therapeutic groups, supervision and delivering training in mental health issues.
I have undertaken extensive continued professional development. These include Mindfulness (MBCT), Trauma, Palliative Care and Clinical Supervision I am experienced supervising counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological well -being practitioners and cognitive behavioural therapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Professional Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2008
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, 2010
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, 2011
Certificates in Clinical Supervision, 2011
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2004
Qualified in Low Intensity Supervision 2010
Qualified in High Intensity Supervision 2012
Clients I work with
- Older adults
- Young people
- Direct contact from clients
- Taken from NHS, GP and Organisations
- Home Visits Possible and can travel to other locations
Abuse – Emotional, Physical Sexual, Relationships, Adult Mental Health Care, Anger Issues, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioural Problems, Bereavement, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E., Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post-natal Depression, Occupational Issues, Phobias, PTSD, Somatoform Disorders/Hypochondriasis, Low Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Trauma, Palliative.
I aim to help clients feel at ease from the outset of therapy by offering a safe, private and confidential space to talk about problems. I regard the therapeutic relationship as being paramount, built on trust and respect. By listening carefully it helps attain a real sense of how it is for a client without making any judgements and with a genuine interest.
I endeavour to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to talk freely about their current problems/difficulties. Therapy is at each individual client’s own pace and tailored to meet their unique specific needs. Client expectations are explored at assessment and any goals of therapy discussed. I am experienced in different modalities of therapy and consider myself an integrative therapist who always practises in the best interest of clients.
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