Paula J Williams Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am a very experienced Person-Centred counsellor and psychotherapist, as well as supervisor and trainer, with an interest in Existential and Gestalt therapies, working in central Edinburgh. I hold the Persona and Stirling University MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, and the Temenos Post-Graduate Certificate in Supervision. I also completed a course with KU Leuven on Existential Wellbeing Counselling. I was previously an Accredited Member of the BACP from January 2008 until October 2016, and was previously registered with the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists until October 2016, when I left the BACP due to long-standing and growing disillusionment with their practices and approach. I then joined the National Counselling Society, both as a Senior Accredited Counsellor and as an Accredited Supervisor, and I was recently awarded the honour of Fellowship of the NCS in recognition of my contribution to the field of counselling.
I have worked in a variety of counselling projects throughout the area, including projects specialising in alcohol problems, sexuality, and post natal depression, and my MSc led me to specialise in Mindfulness and Trauma. I worked as a counsellor for North East Edinburgh Counselling Service for 11 years, was a group supervisor for LGBT Health in Glasgow, and am now a supervisor for Edinburgh University's Hope Park Counselling Service. I have a well-established private practice, offering face to face, telephone and online counselling, and work as an associate counsellor for several companies. I offer trauma support, both on my premises and on-site, through some of the companies I work with. I work face to face as well as via telephone and online. I am passionate about counselling and therapy and so in addition to my therapeutic work, I have run counselling skills courses for the City of Edinburgh Council and for Persona, and was part of the training team on the Persona MSc where I was Curriculum Lead for Clinical Competence, and I offer supervision to both experienced and trainee counsellors. I am also involved in writing, with a published chapter in a book on LGBTQIA+ mental health, co-authorship of a new edition of First Steps in Counselling currently in press, and contributions to other works due for publication.
I have a long history of working to support people to overcome difficulties and to realise their potential. Whilst at school I volunteered with MENCAP, worked with Deaf and deafened young people, and helped on residential breaks for young people with Downs Syndrome. I have run internet-based support groups for people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse, groups for LGBTQI parents, and conference and training workshops on sexuality and parenting. More recently I have volunteered for an HIV/AIDS charity, and helped to run a community website.