0405526963 ppolhill@me.com

Paula Polhill

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

Master of Counselling Psychology

Psychologist

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Couples Counselling

ACT Therapist

Couples Counselling

Paula is a registered Psychologist and Director of Compass Counselling & Psychological Services, operating in Gladesville. Paula is a passionate and skilled Psychologist providing quality Couples Counselling creating positive and lasting outcomes in a short space of time. Paula has helped hundreds of couples re-inite their connection, having created an even deeper, more meaningful and intimate relationship than before. Paula is also passionate about helping individuals experiencing anxiety issues. Paula never tires of witnessing the amazing transformation that she witnesses when her Clients have learned to no longer allow anxiety to control heir life.

Paula has worked extensively in both private and public sectors of mental health, having worked with individuals, couples, adolescents and clinical inpatient and outpatient groups. Paula has worked in the following organisations:

  • The Hills Private Hospital (The Windsor Rd Clinic) – Baulkham Hills
  • The Hills Clinic – Kellyville
  • St John of God – Nth Richmond
  • South Pacific Private – Nth Curl Curl
  • Mona Vale Hospital
  • Rod Powers Psychology Clinic – Macquarie University
  • IVF Australia – St Leonards

Paula recently relocated from Baulkham Hills to Gladesville where she is now growing her new private practice.

Paula can provide professional treatment and positive lasting outcomes for the following common issues:

Acute Stress

Anger Management

Anxiety

Chronic Pain

Couple Issues

Depression

Grief / Loss

Infertility Issues

Low Self Esteem

Mood Disorders

OCD

Panic Attacks

Parenting Issues

Perfectionism

Phobias

Procrastination

Relationship Strain / Deterioration

Sleep Deprivation

Study Stress

Substance Abuse

Trauma / PTSD

Weight Loss

Work Stress

Worry

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Qualifications & Professional Memberships

Paula is a Registered Psychologist with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA); is an Associate member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS) as well as a member of The Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS). Paula is also registered with Medicare and WorkCover for quality service provision.

Paula completed her BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology Degree at one of UK’s leading institutions, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and achieved her postgraduate Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Evidence Based Treatments

Paula is skilled at applying a range of different treatment modalities, depending on the client’s issues and needs. Paula’s tools are strictly evidence-based in order to create effective and posiitve lasting change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Person Centred Therapy (PCT)

Family Systems Therapy (FST)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)

Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)

Gottman Relationship Therapy (GRT) 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Paula is a skilled and experienced ACT Therapist, having first discovered ACT in 2008 whereby she experienced a personal transformation when applying ACT skills in her own life. Paula has since actively pursued advanced training in ACT and has attended national and international ACT conferences to ensure her training is current and dynamic. Paula is passionate about sharing ACT skills with her clients and students and has developed her own ACT workshops for the general public and ACT programs for inpatient services.

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What Paula's Clients Are Saying

Don’t just take it from me, let my clients do the talking!

“Paula is an excellent Therapist, who provides a safe and comfortable environment and helped me to work through the traumatic experiences I was dealing with. Paula enabled me to open up without worrying about being judged or criticized and provided sound and helpful counselling to overcome the challenges confronting me. Explaining conditions I was suffering in understandable terms and assisting me in translating that understanding into action. I still continue to see her periodically to ensure my transition into a healthier life”. Sharon I

“I cannot recommend Paula and her services enough. Over a number of years she has been a huge support to me and my family in so many ways. Absolutely the best experience”. Liza J

“Paula is incredible and I highly recommend her. I met Paula in 2014 after sharing my story with countless psychologists, psychiatrists, hospital staff and health workers. She is the psychologist I have stuck with because her style of therapy made a real change in my way of thinking and dealing with the issues of my past and present.
I suppose it felt like I was ripping a bandaid off and exposing my pains each time I shared my story with someone and felt that they just took notes and didn’t really deal with my issues. Paula was the first person who could flesh out my pain and allowed me to deal with it, supporting me each step of the way. The working relationship and environment she creates is safe and without judgement and she explains life and its complications so clearly and articulately I am more aware of myself and perceptions of life.
She is authentic and lives what she teaches. Her therapy not only improves understanding of what is happening emotionally and intellectually but also gives guidance about actions to take to manage the inevitable ups and downs of life. I trust her implicitly. She has been instrumental in my healing and has saved my life. I can’t thank you enough Paula!” Kathryn J

“Paula has an excellent insight into the functions of the mind, and provided me a great stepping stone to understanding myself more wholly.” Tim D

“Paula’s versatile approach has given me the exact tools and insight I personally needed. I highly recommend Paula” Rebecca V

“Paula has been great. She has helped me identify and understand my issues in a caring non-judgmental manner. I was seeing another therapist who was way off track. Paula provides practical advice which has really helped.” Cristian

“Very professional, knowledgeable and practices what she preaches”. Leanne

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