Therapy for the project will be led by Paula Davies, a fully qualified Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor who currently provides therapy for children within a number of schools. Additional volunteer counsellors will be recruited from the three local degree course providers who are qualified fit for practice but require their final 100-hour clinical placements to graduate, as highlighted by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). There will be a requirement to adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework or equivalent including a requirement for monthly clinical supervision, practitioners’ insurance, and DBS certificate.
Paula graduated from Derby University with a First-Class Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2019 and has gone on to open her own private practice locally which also supports and mentors newly qualified counsellors in the area. Paula is currently studying for her PhD in Mental Health research at Lancaster University with a focus on the endogenous opioids in the therapeutic context whilst also completing her Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Paula came to Fulwood and Cadley Primary School whilst on placement to become qualified in working therapeutically with children and young people and never left. She is a member of the BACP and has accrued 3,500 clinical hours working with both children and adults with a particular focus in complex trauma, addiction and is an ally of LGBTQA+ community. She is also one of only three accredited Rewind Therapists in Lancashire.