Paula Charnley

Paula Charnley

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number

Contact Paula

The information outlined in this listing is not to be used for advertising or marketing purposes.

Therapist - Leek

Leek ST13
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I'm available for your Counselling sessions  between Tuesday and Friday.

That's for daytime and/or evening sessions between 9am and 7pm

As of 2 January 2024, I have slots available  for new clients.

Sessions are available Face to Face in Leek, Staffordshire   or

Online via Zoom, please specify which works best for you on your enquiry

Why not book  a FREE 20 minute phone consultation,                    This will give you a chance to get to know me and to ask any questions you may have before going ahead with a booking.

Select your own time here:

or fill in the enquiry form on this page.

Finding the right person to support you is very important and this initial chat usually helps with that. So don't hesitate fill in the enquiry form on this page.

I work with adults from 18 years old.

Perhaps your first question is “ Do I need Counselling? ”. It’s a very common thought. whether you are feeling confused, unsure, stuck angry or sad with whatever has brought you here.

I feel that Counselling should be available to everyone so I have limited slots available at a reduced fee. Please don't hesitate to mention this on your enquiry.


I understand that usually one of the couple is more eager to access Counselling than the other. You can each take advantage of the FREE 20 minute phone consultation, independently and confidentially. This may take remove some of the mystery about what to expect. 

I realise that this can be a momentous step for a couple and I believe it is worth it. You may be feeling hopeless and like giving up. I can help you to explore the place where you are stuck or dissatisfied. Couples often find that these are the skills that they have been missing.

I am trained in:

Gottman Method - Couples Therapy Level 1 and 2

NCIP -National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists -Fundamentals of Working with Couples.

Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

About me and my therapy practice

Hi I’m Paula, I qualified with a Masters in Counselling- Psychotherapy in 2017. I'm also trained in Couples Counselling. I'm a Person Centred and Integrative Counsellor, which means that you guide what we discuss, so that there is no hurry to talk about things until you feel ready.  I incorporate connection to mind, body and spirit in the sessions using a technique called Focusing.

My specialisms are:

Difficulty in Relationships; breakup, communication breakdown, Dealing with narcissistic relationships 

Bereavement; Understanding and coming to terms with loss, finding a way through the down times. 

Trauma; Developmental/ recent trauma/ PTSD. 

General Anxiety; The effects this has on your life & work, Managing the physical Symptoms. Working with emotions - I will encourage you to recognize all of your emotions. This is something which you’ll be able to use immediately outside the Counselling session. Self-judgement and lack of Confidence - These are often signals that you are experiencing internal conflict. I can help to guide you gently to work with the root causes.

How does Counselling Work? - Personally I found it life-changing. It allowed me to discard old belief systems, make appropriate choices & generally feel much happier in myself.

In a safe, neutral and non-judgmental space, you get to speak confidentially and honestly about what is going on for you. You'll be taken seriously which often doesn't happen when speaking with friends and family. You connect to your inner resources so that you build resilience and skills to navigate life.

My Background - Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist, I worked in the Airline Industry and in Corporate Business. Latterly as a Holistic-Shiatsu Therapist. Extensive travel and many years of living in the Netherlands mean that I have an understanding of cultural and social differences and I embrace diversity. 

Practice description

My online sessions are via Zoom

I have a dedicated Therapy Room in the market town of Leek, Staffs. 

Unfortunately this is not currently wheelchair accessable.

There are public car parks nearby, they are free after 3:30pm

Payment can be by cash or Bank Transfer

As of 2 January 2024, I have slots available for new clients.

Why not book a FREE 20 minute phone consultation, This will give you a chance to get to know me and to ask any questions you may have before going ahead with a booking.

Testimonial “Paula was very calm and made me feel comfortable and as the session went on, she made me feel confident and at ease”

International Clients

Working online and with my personal experience of being an ex-pat means that I am very happy to work with International Clients.


I’m a professional registered member of the BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

This means that I adhere to ethical codes of practice and GDPR. Confidentially and mutual respect are of paramount importance.

I'm a professional registered member of The British Focusing Association.

I am a teacher of Focusing and also a Shiatsu therapist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I update my Psychotherapy skills with regular trainings. You are making a commitment to yourself by engaging in Counselling, therefore I want to be present as my best and most authentic self.

My first session

So, what happens next?

You might take the free 20-minute consultation, after this we will book an appointment either Face to Face or online. I’ll take some background information and we’ll make a start. 

At the end of the first session, we can decide if weekly sessions are recommended or perhaps another interval. How many sessions you need are dependent on the reason you are seeking Counselling.

I understand that this can depend on budget too. I feel that Counselling should be available to everyone so I have limited slots available at a reduced fee. Please don't hesitate to mention this on your enquiry.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited

Languages spoken

English, Dutch