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Specialisms

  • Anxiety / stress

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

  • Depression

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

  • Trauma

    Adjustment disorder and Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Addiction

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

  • Relationships

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

  • Personal

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

  • Grief / loss

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

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders

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

  • Anger

    Aggression, Anger management, and Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Work

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

  • Identity

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

  • Family

    Adoption, Blended families, Carer support, and Conflict

  • Developmental disorders

    Adhd, Autistic, and Learning disorder

Book Online Counselling With Paula Pratt

Paula Pratt

Counsellor & Trauma Informed Therapist
Aberdeen, AB21 0TQ
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6 Years Experience

*** I am working with existing clients only, please contact me directly to arrange a session *** I work in a trauma-informed way to support your mind and body in moving from survival mode to rest, relaxation, healing and wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship that we create between us is where the healing takes place and...

6 Years Experience

*** I am working with existing clients only, please contact me directly to arrange a session ***

I work in a trauma-informed way to support your mind and body in moving from survival mode to rest, relaxation, healing and wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship that we create between us is where the healing takes place and there is always space for you to share, contemplate, pause and process your experience.

If you are local to Kinellar you are welcome to visit my therapy room (COVID-19 risk assessment and measures in place). We can also meet online or by phone from any location and I can assure full privacy whilst I work from home.

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 with you in our session.

In our time together we may meet with your inner child and any other 'parts' of yourself which may be asking for attention. This can be deeply transformative in helping us to understand ‘why we are the way we are’. Our felt experience, such as anxiety or depression, can be symptomatic of how safe, seen and heard these parts feel. There is liberation in consciously working to care for the different parts of our self, offering each the understanding, acceptance and validation that is rightly yearned for.

We may also work with elements of Polyvagal Theory, an approach of hope, possibility and empowerment. When we explore 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. This approach helps us to lift the weight of shame, blame and guilt and allows us to live and love more fully.

With curiosity, awareness and compassion 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 and inner world.

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 friend, colleague, 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 - there is definitely room for the healing medicine of laughter in therapy!

It will be a pleasure to meet with you and if we are connecting online or by 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. If we are meeting in-person I will confirm directions and safety measures in good time ahead of our session.

My very best and warm wishes,
Paula

Counselling and Therapy Training
* The Polyvagal Book Study Group, with Deb Dana (August 2020)
* Internal Family Systems Therapy for Healing Traumatic Wounds and alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Addiction, Dr Lexi Rothman (May 2020)
* Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, with Dr Gabor Maté (April 2019)
* Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: An Autonomic Roadmap to Safety, Connection and Healing, Deb Dana (October 2019)
* PG Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy - Persona Development and Training, University of Aberdeen (June 2018)
* Volunteer Counsellor Training - ACIS, Aberdeen (June 2014)
* COSCA Counselling Skills 1 and 2 - Glasgow Council on Alcohol, Glasgow (September 2013)
* Introduction to Counselling - Open University (September 2013)


Accreditations

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

Available via Video, Phone & at Aberdeen, AB21 0TQ

Aberdeen, AB21 0TQ is wheelchair accessible.

   
"Had a brilliant session with Paula who demonstrated a great knowledge as well as understanding. For me I felt she was a perfect fit as her approach is based not solely on traditional psychology and psychotherapy, but also on a broader holistic approach which suits me perfectly. I will definitely continue working with her. "
   
"Paula is very friendly, unassuming and has a calming manner. When you're not in a good space, it's hard to have hope, but I feel more positive about my future and focusing on improving my health & wellbeing after my first appointment with her."
   
"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

       
    "Had a brilliant session with Paula who demonstrated a great knowledge as well as understanding. For me I felt she was a perfect fit as her approach is based not solely on traditional psychology and psychotherapy, but also on a broader holistic approach which suits me perfectly. I will definitely continue working with her. "
       
    "Paula is very friendly, unassuming and has a calming manner. When you're not in a good space, it's hard to have hope, but I feel more positive about my future and focusing on improving my health & wellbeing after my first appointment with her."
       
    "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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