Paula has over 20 years of counselling experience. She specializes in helping clients manage anxiety, depression, and stress, in both work and personal contexts. She is skilled at working with women, men, teens and couples and she provides counselling in-person and over the phone. Paula uses a wide array of empirically supported approaches, including MBCT, CBT, T.E.A.M. CBT, EMDR and Mindfulness.
Paula has a Master’s of Educational Psychology from the University of Manitoba. It was there she first became interested in the field of psychology, as it allowed her to broaden her understanding of herself and the people around her. Personal counselling also allowed her to resolve some of her own issues, gain new skills and move forward in a positive way in her own life.
Her clients often tell her that they appreciate her direct, straightforward approach which she combines with gentleness and compassion. She has adopted this approach not only because it is a successful way to help clients as quickly as possible, but because it also reflects her own personality. She believes it is important to bring her authentic self to counselling, knowing authenticity is often a goal of her clients.
Paula understands the importance of uncovering her client’s personal qualities and understanding their unique situations. She incorporates this information to provide an individually tailored approach using evidence-based therapies.
The following approaches have been proven to be effective in a variety of studies, and are both safe and efficient.
MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) combines mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathing with cognitive therapy to help break negative thought patterns and prevent relapse. MBCT teaches people to pay attention to the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future, and to let go of negative thoughts.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we feel and act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these. T.E.A.M. CBT is the next generation of CBT.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that, by using EMDR, people can experience, over a relatively short time period, the benefits of psychotherapy that previously took years to make a difference
Paula Newman ReachesWinnipeg MBRiver Heights, Winnipeg MB