Paula’s therapeutic approach is strength based. This is with focus on your strengths and recognising what areas in life can be improved upon to increase resilience, and to recognise the positive strategies already in place, and those in your life who can assist you and support you on your journey forward. Overall, Paula is supportive and sensitive to your individual needs and goals for therapy.
Paula utilises evidence-based approaches which include, but not limited to:
- Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Schema Focused Cognitive Therapy (Schema Therapy)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Qualifications and professional background
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Integrative Counselling – Roehampton University, London – awarded in 2007.
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) – University of Queensland, Brisbane – awarded in 2017.
In year 2000, Paula decided that she would like a personally meaningful career, where in the past she had worked 9 years for a worldwide company, business to business. Paula experienced little personal satisfaction in working business to business, wanting to make a real difference to people’s lives through her work. In deciding that she would like to redirect her career towards counselling and psychotherapy, Paula started her new career journey in 2001, first starting as a listener with the Samaritans, for the despairing and suicidal. Before ending her 5 year service for the Samaritans, Paula began her 3 year professional education as a counsellor in 2004, together serving a 3 year professional counselling placement for young people aged 11-25, including school counselling. Also as part of a requirement of her professional counselling education, she attended a one-year course of weekly sessions with a psychoanalyst.
Soon after, Paula migrated from England to Queensland, Australia, in 2009. In 2014 she began 4 years full-time study in psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Upon completion, she finalised her journey to become a psychologist with a 2+ year internship in Mount Isa with a Not-for-Profit Organisation from 2018 to 2021.