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Specialisms

  • Anxiety / stress

    Anxiety / Agoraphobia, Anxiety / Acute stress, Anxiety / Death, Anxiety / Financial, Anxiety / Generalised, Anxiety / Health, Anxiety / Panic attacks, Anxiety / Performance, Anxiety / Separation, Anxiety / Social anxiety disorder, Anxiety / Social phobia, Anxiety / Specific phobia, and Anxiety / Stress management

  • Depression

    Depression / Dysthymia, Depression / Major, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Pre and post-natal depression, Depression / Seasonal affective, Depression / Self harm, and Depression / Suicidal thoughts

  • Trauma

    Trauma / Adjustment disorder and Trauma / Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Addiction

    Addiction / Alcohol, Addiction / Caffeine, Addiction / Cannabis, Addiction / Cocaine, Addiction / Drug, Addiction / Gambling, Addiction / Inhalant, Addiction / Internet, Addiction / Hallucinogen, Addiction / Love and romance, Addiction / Opioid, Addiction / Other substance, Addiction / Pornography, Addiction / Prescription medication, Addiction / Sex, Addiction / Smoking, Addiction / Social media, Addiction / Stimulant, and Addiction / Video game

  • Relationships

    Relationships / Abandonment, Affairs / infidelity, Relationships / Attachment issues, Breakups, divorce and separation, Relationships / Codependency, Relationships / Communication difficulties, Relationships / Cross cultural, Relationships / Doubt in relationships, Relationships / Intimacy, Relationships / Marriage problems, Relationships / Parenting related, Relationships / Peer relationships, Relationships / Premarital counselling, Relationships / Rejection, and Relationships / Same sex couple issues

  • Personal

    Personal / Bitterness, Personal / Boundary setting, Personal / Childhood related, Personal / Confidence, Personal / Feeling lost, Personal / Goal setting, Personal / Guilt, Personal / Jealousy, Personal / Lack of focus, Personal / Life transition, Personal / Life coaching, Personal / Manipulative behaviour, Personal / Mid life crisis, Personal / Motivation, Personal / Nervous breakdown, Personal / Personal development, Personal / Self esteem, Personal / Shyness, Personal / Spirituality, and Personal / Victim mentality

  • Grief / loss

    Grief / Anticipatory mourning, Grief / Bereavement, Grief / Complicated grief, Grief / Loss of a pet, Grief / Loss of a parent, Grief / Loss of a spouse, Grief / Loss of a child, Grief / Sudden loss, and Unemployment / redundancy

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders

    Body dysmorphia (BDD), Ocd / Excoriation, Ocd / Hoarding, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Ocd / Trichotillomania, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

  • Anger

    Anger / Aggression, Anger / Anger management, and Anger / Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Work

    Work / Career progress, Work / Leadership, Work / Mediation, Work / Workplace bullying, Work / Workplace stress, and Work / Workplace performance

  • Identity

    Identity / Gender identity, Identity / Identity crisis, LGBTQ, Identity / Sexual orientation, and Women's issues

  • Family

    Family / Adoption, Family / Blended families, Family / Carer support, and Family / Conflict

  • Developmental disorders

    Developmental disorders / Adhd, Developmental disorders / Autistic, and Developmental disorders / Learning disorder

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Paula Pratt

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6 Years Experience

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi ~ I believe that we all want to feel happy, loved and lovable and it is often an absence or reduction of these feelings that brings us to therapy. I'm Paula and I’m based in Edinburgh,...

6 Years Experience

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi ~

I believe that we all want to feel happy, loved and lovable and it is often an absence or reduction of these feelings that brings us to therapy.

I'm Paula and I’m based in Edinburgh, Scotland and in addition to my therapy practice I am a Yoga Teacher, I lead Shamanic Trance Dance rituals and I had a twenty-year corporate career. I maintain my wellbeing through yoga, meditation, journalling, dance and therapy (as well as pizza and Netflix!) so that I can be as present as possible for you in our session.

The therapeutic relationship that we create between us is where the healing takes place. There is always space for you to share, contemplate, pause and process your experience in any session with me.

In the safety of this relationship we may meet with your inner child, which can be deeply transformative in helping us to understand ‘why we are the way we are’. Quite often our felt experience, such as anxiety or depression, can be symptomatic of how safe, seen and heard we felt in our younger years. There is liberation in consciously working to care for our inner child, to offer this beautiful part of our Self the love, acceptance and validation that was rightly yearned for.

I may also bring in elements of Polyvagal Theory, an approach of hope, possibility and empowerment. When we work together to understand how your early years and ongoing life experience has shaped your nervous system, via the function of the Vagus Nerve, we come to understand your responses, reactions, behaviours and self-belief.

It is possible to get beyond the ‘story’ that is held in place by your biology and to become the wise and competent driver of your nervous system. We do this by working together on mapping templates and tracking exercises with curiosity, awareness and compassion.

My client experience:

Over the last six years I have worked with clients in both short and long term relationships as they come to terms with change, loss, grief, crisis and despair. My clients include people living with depression, anxiety, self-injury, suicidal ideation, learning difficulties, identity as intersex and transgender, trauma of neglect in childhood and adult relationships, trauma of abuse in childhood and adult relationships, drug and alcohol addiction, diagnoses of OCD, workplace and academic stress, and relationship challenges as child, partner, sibling and parent.

Whatever it is that you may bring to our session, I will respond intuitively with compassion to walk alongside you during our time together. And you may be surprised at how often we laugh together - there is definitely room for the healing medicine of laughter in therapy!

Hopefully what I’ve shared here gives you some insight into me and my practice. It will be a pleasure to meet with you via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or phone. I’ll be sitting on my sheepskin rug with a cup of tea close at hand, please make sure that you are also comfortable for our session and ready with tissues, pen and paper, water and a hot drink.

My very best and warm wishes,
Paula


Accreditations

  • (COSCA) Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
    • Person-centred Therapy
    • Compassion Focused
    • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)

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"Very helpfull.True proffessional."
   
"Lovely and warm"
   
"Paula is warm and intuitive and held a safe and non-judgemental space to explore my issues. I felt that we had a good fit. Given that I wasn’t new to therapy we didn’t spend much time on agenda setting or breaking the ice. I completed the session feeling a sense of relief and also was given new information to research and help me on my journey. I have booked my next session and am hoping to work with Paula over a longer period. I only gave four stars because I am unable to comment on how longer term therapy works out and whether sessions will strike a good balance between self-expression and development with Paula’s guidance."
   
"She was lovely but not sure if I'll book again. "
Harley Therapy commented

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your session with me. It is important to find the right person to work with in therapy to make sure you will get what you need from the process. Harley Therapy offers a variety of therapeutic approaches and modalities over a range of speciality, availability, location and cost options. I trust that you will connect with a therapist who can support you in the best possible way, and I send my very best wishes for your journey. Paula

    Verified Client Reviews

       
    "Very helpfull.True proffessional."
       
    "Lovely and warm"
       
    "Paula is warm and intuitive and held a safe and non-judgemental space to explore my issues. I felt that we had a good fit. Given that I wasn’t new to therapy we didn’t spend much time on agenda setting or breaking the ice. I completed the session feeling a sense of relief and also was given new information to research and help me on my journey. I have booked my next session and am hoping to work with Paula over a longer period. I only gave four stars because I am unable to comment on how longer term therapy works out and whether sessions will strike a good balance between self-expression and development with Paula’s guidance."
       
    "She was lovely but not sure if I'll book again. "
    Harley Therapy commented

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your session with me. It is important to find the right person to work with in therapy to make sure you will get what you need from the process. Harley Therapy offers a variety of therapeutic approaches and modalities over a range of speciality, availability, location and cost options. I trust that you will connect with a therapist who can support you in the best possible way, and I send my very best wishes for your journey. Paula

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