Paula J Williams Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have worked in a variety of counselling projects including agencies specialising in alcohol problems, sexuality, and perinatal 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 through some of the companies I work with. I offer supervision to both experienced and trainee counsellors. I am a member of Rainbow Therapy in Scotland, and am experienced in working with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity. I'm also experienced in working with people who identify as autistic.
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. I offer guest lectures on the Roehampton University MA course, and have done some work for the University of East London's counselling course. I am also a writer, with a published chapter in a book on LGBTQIA+ mental health, am co-author of a new edition of the best-selling book First Steps in Counselling which was published on April 29th 2021, and have written chapters for other works in press.
I am a highly experienced Person-Centred counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, with an interest in Existential therapy, based in 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 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 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.