Paula Hughes


Paula holds and honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School.  Paula’s core training is in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy which recognises and respects each person’s right to choose their own path in life.  Research has shown that the quality of the relationship between practitioner and client to be one of the greatest predictors of a successful outcome of treatment.  Paula recognises that people can experience hurt as a result of difficult inter-personal relationships but they can also grow through healthy relationships.  The therapeutic relationship built upon mutual trust and respect helps to promotes healing and growth.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used inter-changeably, however, counselling usually describes a short-term solution focused process.  It is often used when one particular aspect of a person’s life is causing difficulty and through talk therapy aims to assist you make the changes necessary to lead a more fulfilling life.  It also recognises and builds upon your individual strengths and resources.

Psychotherapy is a longer-term process and explores deeper issues, often rooted in the past, which continue to negatively affect your well-being in the present.  Revisiting earlier events or trauma with the assistance of a trained professional can help to resolve underlying issues and break negative patterns of behaviour to reduce emotional distress.

Each person’s needs are unique and these will be discussed with you at your initial session.

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