‘A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step’ -Lao Tsu

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I currently offer 50 minute talking therapy sessions, online via Zoom.

I provide a free 30 minute initial consultation, to meet and discuss your needs and the possibility of working together.


All are welcome: whether you are finding life challenging at present or you are interested in personal development. There are many different reasons why people seek support. I provide a non-judgemental, compassionate space for you to explore the various difficulties that you face, at your pace.

This is a small list of the types of struggles I accompany people with. It may help provide an idea of the work that is possible.

  • Anxious thoughts
  • Low Mood
  • Low Self esteem
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Feelings of overwhelm
  • Perfectionism
  • Grief
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Difficulties in early childhood
  • Trauma
  • The emotional effects of chronic illness

I have a keen interest in working with trauma and attachment difficulties, and have particular experience of chronic illness and pregnancy related trauma.

More details about the approach can be found at https://ifs-institute.com


*Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 Practitioner

*FdSc in Therapeutic Counselling with Ulster University (Pending, May 2021)

*’Counselling Online’ Primer with The Open University and BACP

*Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Studies (Distinction, Ulster University)

*Pregnancy Crisis Training with Counselling Skills (80 hour training with Care Confidential)

I have an IFS supervisor who oversees my work ensuring your safety and wellbeing throughout our time together.


I charge £40.00 per session.

I operate a ‘Pay it forward’ scheme where £5.00 of every session is used to enable the provision of counselling for individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford therapy.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please enquire about availability for concession rates, as they will be subject to demand.


My name is Paula Hanson. Before I began my therapeutic training I worked in the health sector and publishing. I then took a career break to have a family and began my Psychotherapy journey.

Over 10 years ago I began working within a Pregnancy Crisis centre. I worked with individuals and families, providing support around unplanned pregnancies and various relational impacts. I also trained in and worked with those who were experiencing difficulties following abortions or miscarriages.

I am a founding Director of Jubilee Community Benefit Society, which owns and operates Northern Ireland’s first community-owned farm. I am experienced, and have a keen interest, in the physical and emotional wellness that can be encountered outdoors and within nature, and I am excited to offer walking therapy very soon.