I am a Counselling Psychotherapist specialising in expressive sandplay therapy with over 12 years’ experience working as a School Counsellor in International Schools as well as in Private Practice in Singapore.
I hold a Masters Degree in Social Science (Counselling) and I am trained in both top-down and bottom-up trauma recovery therapeutic modalities. I use strengths-based approaches and client-centered methods which respect the individual and the situation in which they find themselves. My role lies in building an authentic and supportive relationship with my clients to allow safe exploration of their challenges, provide strategies to assist with self-regulation and tools to manage their situation, evaluate their options and make choices that grow out of their own sense of purpose. My aim is to gently hold the pieces whilst the client deconstructs their world and rebuilds their resilience in the face of whatever has caused their suffering.
I am an experienced workshop facilitator regularly offering parenting workshops, communication skills workshops and expressive Sandplay and Symbol Work trainings for professionals. I offer clinical supervision to therapists who work with sand or other expressive modalities.
I collaborate with children over the age of 7, adolescents, teens, adults both young and old, supporting them on their journey to wellness and living life from a place of self-understanding and with strategies to manage life’s ups and downs. Click here for an appointment in person or via skype.
Check out my blog for my musings on life, the world, the universe and everything that is captured in a grain of sand.
Paula Huggins. Counselling Psychotherapist using Expressive Therapies, Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. Masters Degree in Social Science (Counselling). Diploma in Managing Learning Disorders and Child Psychology. I draw supportive strategies from a myriad of trainings: Non-Violent Communication. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Strengths-based interventions. Appreciative Inquiry. Dialectic Behavioural Therapy. Interpersonal Neurobiology. Trauma-Informed top-down and bottom-up approaches. ASIST-trained. Parent Coaching. Family Constellations. Proud mother of one Teenage Boy and one National-Service Man. Singapore-based London-born.
Changing the World One Conversation at a Time.
Supporting children (7+), pre-adolescents, teens and adults across the developmental spectrum with a variety of challenges:
Life transitions – arriving, leaving, birthing, dying, marrying, divorcing – the wheel never stops turning. Sometimes we feel stuck, unable to make sense of what life is throwing at us or to discern our next steps. My support is empathetic, connected, supportive and encouraging. Sometimes we feel fearful, overwhelmed, despondent. I support you or your children to journey on the road less-travelled. The one that allows you to plug back into your inner strength, your creativity and innate wisdom. I hold the belief that my clients always know what to do for their own higher good when given the opportunity to step back and explore from different angles.
Parenting – is a skill that we pick up along the way. I offer coaching and support for parents who are already doing the best they can but want to find better ways managing their parenting role and their busy lives.
Anxiety is endemic in our culture and manifests in many ways. I offer practical strategies and encouraging support. I empower my clients to use external tools as well as their own innate knowledge of what works best for them, tapping into their internal resources.
Self-harming, disordered-eating patterns, recovering from alcohol abuse or addictive behaviours? I work with those seeking to unearth the underlying patterns, the habitual thinking, the negative self-sabotaging beliefs that drive self-destructive behaviours.
Finding it difficult to sustain friendships or communicate effectively with others? I use the NVC framework developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg to provide a gentle introduction to building the communication skills we need to have positive relationships based on mutual and empathetic understanding of ourselves and others.
Coping with the illness or death of loved ones – or your own illness? As a breast cancer survivor, I have faced my own mortality and lived to tell the tale. I’m honoured when asked to support others’ on their journey to wellness.