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Paula Taylor Integrative counselling

St Helens

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16 hour response time

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I provide face to face counselling. I work in a person centred way to suit each individual. Specialising in working with individuals who have low self-esteem and want to build confidence , anxiety related issues, depression, bereavement and all other areas of mental health issues.

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I love seeing people grow in confidence from the first session, up until the last session. I see them step out the door, their whole body language changes with each week.

Watching others I know setting up their own business, and seeing how successfully empowered they feel when it’s doing well. The independence it gives you, not to mention the confidence you get seeing how much your business helps the local community.

I have sat in the chair, been on that journey of self-discovery and still growing. My personal experience, I feel is what makes a good therapist, it’s not just about the theory, or how many qualifications a therapist has. It’s about having the empathy, the ability to be able to step into the individuals shoes and walk beside them, guide and empower them to grow in to their next chapter, whatever that chapter may be.

Yes. I provide online services from Monday-Friday 9am-8pm.

Risk assessments are carried out weekly to keep the environment safe for clients.


What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a well evidenced and effective psychological model for a range of mental health disorders. These include anxiety, panic attacks, depression, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder and many more.

The emphasis is on developing a collaborative formulation and devising an appropriate treatment plan based on this. The therapist and client work together to agree on this, with the expectation that the client themselves will be an active participant in facilitating change.

Negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours: a maladaptive cycle

CBT works on a number of processes including thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Firstly, it works on the thought processes which occur spontaneously in an individual during any feared situation. For example, if an individual is anxious around crowds, their thought process when in crowded places may be ‘I need to get out of here’ or ‘I will die from suffocation’. Similarly, the thought process of a child who is anxious about speaking in class may be ‘my friends will laugh at me’ or ‘everyone will think I’m stupid’.

Negative thoughts and feelings

Negative thoughts/maladaptive beliefs may come into our consciousness without us realising during feared events and situations. Maladaptive thoughts/beliefs lead to negative feelings such as anxiety, nervousness, fear, panic and dread. These feelings can then lead to maladaptive behaviours which in the long term create further anxiety.

Person-centred therapy
Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred or client-centred counselling, is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.

The therapist in this approach works to understand an individual’s experience from their perspective. The therapist must positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine. This is vital in helping the client feel accepted, and better able to understand their own feelings. The approach can help the client to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth, thus enabling them to find their own way to move forward and progress.

Like psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, the aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process.

Psychodynamic approach

In order to ensure these memories and experiences stay below the surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good.

The benefits of psychodynamic therapy

The psychodynamic approach is designed to help individuals with a wide range of problems, though is generally more effective in treating specific issues, such as anxiety, addiction and eating disorders. Primarily used to treat depression, psychodynamic therapy can be particularly beneficial for those who have lost meaning in their lives or have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships.

While suitable for everyone, it is said that there is a certain type of individual who responds particularly well to the approach, and benefits more than others. Typically, these types of individuals have a genuine interest in exploring themselves and seeking self-knowledge, as well as relieving symptoms. They will have the capacity for self-reflection, and a natural curiosity for their internal life and their behaviours.

Transactional analysis

Transactional analysis (TA) is a widely recognised form of modern psychology, and one of the most accessible theories of psychology at that. In simple terms, TA is designed to promote personal growth and change. It is considered a fundamental therapy for well-being and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.

Throughout therapy, the TA therapist will work directly on problem-solving behaviours, whilst helping clients to develop day-to-day tools for finding constructive, creative solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure clients regain absolute autonomy over their lives. Eric Berne defines this autonomy as the recovery of three vital human capacities - spontaneity, awareness and intimacy.

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How does transactional analysis work?
Transactional analysis is a talking therapy and sessions are designed to explore an individual's personality and how this has been shaped by experience - particularly those stemming from childhood. This is achieved through skilful questioning and the utilisation of various models, techniques and tools.

Rewind technique

This technique has been used successfully to help remove phobias and anxieties. It can settle and remove PTSD symptoms from trauma, and may also be used to help remove the negative emotions from disturbing memories. It can also be used for OCD.

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) is a developing area of rapid therapeutic change work that explores the area of undesired emotions and our ways of being. The process explores the question, "How did we learn to feel the way that we do?" and opens up the possibility of creating the appropriate change in our emotional lives.