Hello my name is Paula Cottle. I am a psychodynamic counsellor / psychotherapist with a PGDip in Therapeutic Counselling and a MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development. I have 12 years experience working with clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds on a wide range of issues. I also volunteer in a setting working exclusively with men.
People consider counselling for many reasons. You may have an immediate issue such as loss of a job, bereavement, or a serious health diagnosis. You may be struggling with an ongoing issue such as relationship problems, addiction, bouts of depression or anxiety. You may have asked yourself “Who am I” and not known the answer, or you may have asked and not liked the answer. Your life may seem to lack meaning and you wish to find your purpose. Or you may be curious to discover more about yourself, to understand yourself better. Counselling can help.
Counselling allows you to explore past and present thoughts and feelings about yourself and significant others without judgement and the fear of rejection. I provide an environment based on acceptance, empathy and understanding in order to restore balance to your life. The aim of my approach is to facilitate a greater self awareness, which will better equip you to make sound decisions, find your own solutions and resolve issues.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
I currently see clients on an individual face to face basis. I offer both short term solutions based therapy for immediate issues and longer term more intensive therapy. Longer term therapy allows you to explore your inner world more fully, gain deeper insight and achieve personal growth. Short term therapy can always be extended if required.
I offer an initial assessment that lasts up to 90 minutes. Apart from our initial contact we are total strangers meeting for the first time and this session provides an opportunity to decide together if further counselling will help you and if you would like to enter into a counselling relationship with me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sanctuary Of Mind Counselling Service
University of Hertfordshire – Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling – 2007
University of Hertfordshire – Pg Dip Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling – 2009
Birkbeck University of London – MSC Psychodynamics of Human Development – 2011
I have a limited number of early morning and evening sessions available, in addition to 9am to 5pm sessions.
Call me for a free chat.
My schedule of fees are –
* £55.00 – Standard 50 minute session
* £70.00 – Initial 90 minute Assessment
* £70.00 – Appointments outside office hours 9:00am to
* Concessions for intensive therapy