0405 526 963 ppolhill@me.com

Paula Polhill

Psychologist Gladesville

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

Master of Counselling Psychology



Couples Counselling

ACT Therapist

Psychologist Gladesville - Paula Polhill

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-ignite their connection, having created an even deeper, more meaningful and intimate relationship than before. For many couples, only 4-6 sessions are needed in order to start experiencing positive changes in their relationship – an investment well worth making before the relationship further deteriorates beyond repair.

Paula is also passionate about helping individuals experiencing anxiety issues. Having experienced anxiety issues and panic attacks in her teens, Paula can truly empathise and understand how debilitating anxiety can be. Paula is passionate about teaching her Clients the same tools (and much more) she learned to free herself from a life controlled by anxiety. Paula enjoys witnessing her Clients learn how to change their relationship with anxiety so they can reclaim their life and start living a more meaningful life with connection and vitality.

Marriage Counselling Gladesville

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


Chronic Pain

Couple Issues


Grief / Loss

Infertility Issues

Low Self Esteem

Mood Disorders


Panic Attacks

Parenting Issues




Relationship Strain / Deterioration

Sleep Deprivation

Study Stress

Substance Abuse

Trauma / PTSD

Weight Loss

Work Stress



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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