Hello and a warm welcome.
I’m Paula and I have been a counsellor since February 2013, when I was awarded my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I’ve actually been in the counselling world now since 2008 when my training first began, though training did not stop once I qualified. There is always new knowledge to be gained and information to be gathered and I value this continuing professional development – it enables me to help and support you.
I have experience of counselling people from varying backgrounds, including people on benefits, low income, unemployed, employed, retired, shop floor, management, people with or without a faith and LGBTQ. I have counselled people from aged 4 up to people in their 70’s.
It’s a pretty incredible feeling when somebody sits with me, shares their life story and trusts me to hold their pain and their vulnerability. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us to the point where it becomes difficult to cope with everyday life. It helps to talk through these times and I am here to support you. If you need a safe space to talk, please contact me and we can arrange an appointment.
Alongside my private practice, I work at Chorley Women’s Centre as their Counsellor. It is a fabulous organisation run by volunteers dedicated to supporting women of all ages and circumstances. I am also the Counsellor for the Sefton Branch of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, helping individuals and families affected by MS - another fantastic organisation offering invaluable support.
I have been involved with Lancashire Women’s Centre for many years and, as part of their counselling team, have provided counselling within NHS settings at Ormskirk Hospital and spent a year counselling at Minds Matter in St Helens.
My volunteering roles have included Marriage Care, a national charity specialising in adult couple relationships; Place2Be as a school counsellor supporting primary school children; and The Tasha Foundation, an online counselling service.
Professional Body Memberships and Qualifications:
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
Further Training (CPD):
- Core Skills 1-4 Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples with ICEEFT
- Externship in EFT – Couples Therapy with ICEEFT
- Certificate in Relationship Counselling
- Working with Dissociative Disorders with PODS
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training with ASIST
- Children and Young People who Self-Harm with Harm-Ed
- Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery with PODS
- Eating Disorder Awareness Workshop 1 with Kel O’Neil Training
- Working with Sex Addiction with Steph Palin
- EFT International School Presentation & Workshops, Couples Therapy
- Safeguarding with Chorley Women’s Centre
- EFT Skills Practice with Marriage Care
- An Introduction to Personality Disorder at UCLAN
- Domestic Abuse Protocol Training Day with Marriage Care
- Professional Qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness with British Mindfulness Institute
- Introduction to Dialectic Behavioural Therapy with SDS Seminars
- Living and Working with Dissociation with PODS
- Children’s Emotional Well-Being with Place2Be
- Attachment Theory & Self-Awareness in the Counsellor with with Place2Be
- Online Counselling with Tasha Foundation
- Working with Difference and Diversity with Place2Be
- Helping Children Tell their Stories with Place2Be
- Working with Metaphor with Place2Be
- Safeguarding Children with Place2Be
- Stress Survival Boot Camp with The Stress Management Society
- Understanding & Supporting People who Self-Harm with Jill Eastman
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions