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How We Work

We believe that every human being is an individual with unique personal needs and circumstances. This means that all of our work is tailored to the needs of the individual client or couple who approaches our practice. 

In the first instance, you will be offered an appointment to meet with a therapist to discuss what has brought you to this point in your life. During that appointment we will help you to prioritise the support that you need, whether that’s getting into recovery from sex, porn or love addiction, coping with the trauma of discovery of your partner’s compulsive behaviour, or managing the impact it has had on your couple relationship.

We believe that compulsive sexual behaviours are a symptom. Sometimes a symptom of stress and anxiety or of depression or low self-esteem. For some the roots go back to childhood trauma. This means that however you choose to work with us, we will support you, not just in developing practical relapse prevention strategies, but also in overcoming the issues that have caused your addiction.  In our work with partners we use a relational trauma model, which means we understand the pain you are experiencing and our focus is on helping you manage the pain and how you might move on from it. 

All of the therapists who work at Paula Hall & Associates use an integrative model.  That means we will use the therapeutic approach that best suits you and your circumstances.  Most often we use a combination of psychoeducation, to help you understand what’s happening to you, psychodynamic therapy to help you explore underlying causes and cognitive behavioural techniques to help you change unhelpful thinking patterns. We also use a wide range of practical behavioural therapy strategies to change behaviours.  For those experiencing trauma, or with a history of trauma, we also use a range of trauma therapy interventions.

Some clients prefer to work in individual therapy and others choose to join one of our group programmes.  Many choose a combination of both. We will not try and shoehorn you into one particular approach, but rather work with you to find out what will most quickly resolve your difficulties and help you move on with your life.

Paula Hall & Associates are committed to confidentiality and ethical practice.  We operate an equal opportunity policy and as well as being an organisational member of BACP, each of our therapists also hold affiliation with other professional bodies including UKCP, FDAP and COSRT.  

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