Paula offers Counselling including Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in her private practise in Putney, south-west London.
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. Paula is trained in counselling and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), who is able to listen with understanding and empathy to your everyday difficulties. She can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you may have or unhelpful thinking patterns. Counselling aims to help you deal and overcome issues that are causing pain or discomfort, whether in your current work or personal life or from unresolved issues from the past.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The therapist is there to support you and respect your views. It is a place where the counsellor can help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems.
- Cope with stress and distress
- Become free from anxiety and depression
- Deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your ambitions and everyday tasks
- Deal with feelings of sadness, anger, fear, loneliness and have a more positive outlook on life
- Understand yourself and your problems more
- Feel more confident and strong in a stressful environment
- Develop a better understanding of other people’s point of view
Counselling can often involve talking about difficult, painful feelings or painful experiences and as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually feel better. You will be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions to get to a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as exploring alternative and more helpful ways of coping with them. It can be a great comfort to share your worries and fears with someone who listens with understanding.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a type of goal-orientated talking therapy that looks at how you think about yourself, the world and other people. It looks at how what you do affects your feelings and thoughts. By making connections between what we do, think and feel, CBT can help us make significant changes in the way we think (Cognitive) and the way we behave (Behaviour). Making changes to how you think will affect what you do and feel. Changing what you do affects the way you think and feel. Making these changes can help us feel better. CBT says it is not the event which causes our emotions, but how we interpret that event: what we think or what meaning we give that event, situation or person. Whilst it is helpful to discuss the past and understand how our pasts have influenced our lives and how problems have arisen, CBT mostly focuses on looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing now. Sometimes we can get into a rut of negative thinking, feelings and behaviour – creating a vicious cycle that can maintain our emotional difficulties, like anxiety and depression. CBT can help you break these vicious cycles. When you understand your vicious cycles, you can then look at changing them and therefore the way you feel. It can also be helpful to look at the way our thoughts and feelings affect our bodies and the physical sensations we can experience. CBT can be used as a self-help guide to help you get to the point where you can work out your own helpful and positive ways of tackling problems, now and in the future.
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‘I came to Paula in desperation a few weeks after giving up an 8 year alcohol addiction and recently coming out of a toxic relationship. I’m and now almost 3 years sober, married to the most amazing woman and have moved to Sweden and have a really great job. I can’t thank Paula enough. What I love about her approach is how she was able to be compassionate, gentle and understanding, without being fluffy. There is a deep foundation of strength, clinical insight and clear direction and focus on helping you reach your goals – I didn’t even have any goals in the beginning.
Paula also clearly recognised my undiagnosed ADHD. She recommended me to see a psychiatrist to get a proper diagnosis. This discovery was hugely helpful in helping me get through the trauma and addiction. Finally, Paula’s way of giving you, the patient, the power to help yourself and understand why you fall into certain taps or ways of thinking is priceless. I couldn’t recommend Paula enough!’