Counsellor Profile: Paula Paynter

I have come to recognise during our lives we can all encounter times of difficulties and challenges, changes in mood, thoughts and feelings. I offer clients a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place in which to explore these concerns and challenges. In the process enabling them to work through and reconnect with themselves with greater understanding and compassion.

My core training is in person centred therapy, and through ongoing training I have developed an integrative style to my practice, ensuring each client is acknowledged as an individual with their own individual concerns, emotions and experiences, and spirituality.

I acknowledge past experiences and trauma can impact on our present emotional wellbeing. Sometimes these emotions can take us by surprise and be unsettling. Counselling can give you the place to explore this, see patterns emerging and find within yourself ways of understanding the impact your past experience can have on life now. Then after developing your own ways of understanding exploring how to move forward with renewed self-awareness and confidence.

Experience

I have experience working with clients who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, traumatic labour, infertility, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, PTSD, DID, HIV\Aids, sexuality, anxiety, depression, bereavement and self-harm. I have also worked within the NHS as a nurse and supervised NHS staff who are psychologically impacted by their daily work.

Qualifications & Memberships

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2007
Pre and Post Termination and Pregnancy Loss Counselling 2008
BSc in Therapeutic Counselling 2010
Motivational Interviewing 2012
Certificate in Supervision 2013
Mindfulness 2016
Registered Member of the BACP
Register Member of the ACC
Certificate Online and Telephone Counselling – Accredited with ACTO 2020

Since qualifying I have continued my own development and training through recognised stand alone courses. I have gained specialist knowledge in working with clients who have experienced traumatic experiences resulting in PTSD and DID

Availability

Monday all day.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings.