Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson

Counsellor in Poole

I have had a full and diverse life, it has had its highs and most certainly its lows, but it's never been boring. Having had my own businesses in hospitality, worked in sales, completed 20 years in recruitment, became a Samaritan as well as being a single parent for many years before taking my diploma in stress management, training and coaching. This gives me a fantastic wealth of knowledge and experience to now help others who may be in need of guidance.

I soon became aware that my nature lead friends and family to come to me when they needed support and I developed a passion to see the changes in people that I had helped, so decided to take my first step into this world of supporting others by becoming a trained Samaritan listener.

So why Stress Management?

After a number of personal tragedies, I took a long look at my life and decided to change my working life and to retrain in something I am passionate about. Having researched differing types of coaching I decided on Stress Management as this gave me a wide scope of skills to be able to help and support in differing ways. I studied hard and gained a diploma in Stress Management which I was delighted to achieve.

With my background in the corporate world, my life experiences and my diploma I have helped and supported a diverse range of people either on a one to one basis or through wellness in the workplace training.

I am not being flippant about stress and how it affects people, I know first-hand how big the challenge is to turn severe stress around and to give people their lives back, but I know through experience that I can help as I have done this many times over the years.

Background & Qualifications

I am a qualified Stress Management Practitioner having gained my diploma through the Stress Management Institute. Also I have been trained by the Samaritans to deal with face to face meetings as well as phone work and emails.

I have also worked in the corporate world for many years as a manager which encompassed many coaching courses which help when I am dealing with Stress in the Workplace. I have also coached individuals on Career Development, New directions, Work/life balance and Returning to work.

I work with individuals on a one to one basis to support you with managing your stress and anxiety, due to either your work or personal situation. I also include - Confidence & self-esteem, managing Well-being, Assertiveness and Building resilience.

My Specialisms

I work with peoples stress, this can cover a wide spectrum of issues as Stress has many causes.

Stress can be brought on by work related issues such as poor management, personality clashes or just the pressure of time scales. However it may appear to be work related when in fact your stress could be caused by personal issues.

Stress can be caused due to many reasons, but not dealing with stress can and does cause many illnesses and can become debilitating.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I work with my clients to find out what type of approach works for them, this could be in a very practical way with daily techniques that can be used to stay calmer or ways to relax to help remove the stress over a period of time.

I can use Talking therapy which is favoured by many of my clients, however I can also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, NLP, Mindfullness, depending of which technique works the best for my client.

Which every approach it has to be what is best for each client and their specific issue.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person Please Call
Counselling Online/Telephone Please Call
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person Please Call
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Online/Telephone Please Call
NLP In Person Please Call
NLP Online/Telephone Please Call
Mindfulness In Person Please Call
Mindfulness Online/Telephone Please Call
Life Coaching In Person Please Call
Life Coaching Online/Telephone Please Call


Francesca on 08/07/2020

"Paula is absolutely amazing! She's helped me get to the bottom of my issues and I've discovered that I've been holding onto certain experiences I didn't realise I was holding onto for the last 12 years. I didn't know how I'd find therapy as this is the first time I've been through this process but it has been invaluable. I still have a long way to go but I know that Paula will get me there and I'll be a much better person afterwards. "

Ingrid Powers on 08/07/2020

"After a personal injury in my mid-60's and subsequent operations, I changed from being a calm, organised, confident and caring person to an angry, foul-mouthed and impatient individual. I was scared as I didn't recognise myself anymore and felt guilty as I couldn't care for my husband as I used to. My physiotherapist recommended Paula as he was concerned that my mental state was also hindering my physical recovery. I warmed to Paula the moment I met her. She is easy to talk to, has a very calming nature, is very intuitive, has a good sense of humour and had an uncanny understanding of what was going on in my head. I unfortunately only had a handful of sessions before Covid 19 restrictions, but in that time she helped me accept the anger and guilt I felt as "normal" and I look forward very much to further sessions with her very soon. I would give her 10 stars if it was allowed! "