Paula J Williams Counselling and Psychotherapy
Thank you for visiting my website - please have a look around to learn more about me and what I can offer people considering counselling or psychotherapy.
People choose to come to counselling or therapy for a wide range of reasons; perhaps you have a specific issue you want to work with, or maybe you feel more generally unhappy or dissatisfied in your life and want to explore the reasons for this in order to make changes. Counselling and therapy can help with all sorts of specific difficulties; examples include alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders, self harm, phobias and compulsive behaviours, loss and bereavement, bullying, and other traumatic experiences such as childhood or domestic abuse, rape and assault. They can also help with less specific issues such as questions about sexuality, relationship and family difficulties, aging, anxiety, stress and depression, and struggles with self-esteem and self-image. There are as many reasons to choose counselling and therapy as there are people; whatever is troubling you, counselling and therapy can give you a safe, confidential space to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences, help you to identify changes and choices you can make, and help you harness your resources in order to achieve your goals. Put simply, having someone neutral to talk to who will listen and not judge you can make a big difference.
Online therapy and video calls
I now work internationally, offering therapy and supervision via online platforms such as Zoom and Skype.
The new book on LGBTQIA+ mental health, Headcase, in which I have a chapter, is due to be launched this month at launch parties in New York and San Francisco.
I have recently joined the team at Hope Park as a supervisor for University of Edinburgh full time counselling students.
The National Counselling Society have recently added me to their Accredited Register as an Approved Supervisor.
I have moved to accessible premises in a beautiful Georgian building in the West End of the city centre, at the end of Queen Street. We are still only minutes away from buses, trams and Waverley station, but in much more peaceful surroundings!
I am delighted to have accepted a request to become the group supervisor for the counselling service at the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre in Glasgow.
Professional Membership Update
I am delighted to announce I have been awarded Senior Accredited membership with the National Counselling Society, and that as a Senior Accredited Registrant, I am registered on the voluntary register for counsellors and psychotherapists.
Professional Membership news
I joined the BACP as a student counsellor in 2005, became accredited with them as soon as I was eligible 3 years later, and joined the voluntary register as soon as it opened. In recent years I have become increasingly disillusioned with the BACP, for many reasons, to the point where I no longer felt i could remain with them in good conscience, and so i decided not to renew my membership in October 2016. I am in the process of seeking senior accreditation with a different professional body and once my membership and accreditation are approved by them, I will rejoin the voluntary register.
Trauma & critical incident support
I now offer trauma. vicarious trauma and critical incident support via some of the companies i work with as an associate.
I am excited to be involved in various writing projects at the moment, having been invited to submit some pieces for a journal, and also having submitted a chapter for a book on mental health in the LGBTQI community.
In addition to my counselling, therapy and training work, I am now offering clinical supervision for counsellors and therapists, as well as people working in other helping professions. I hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Supervision, and have several years' experience of offering both group and individual supervision.