Sanctuary of Mind Counselling Service

Hello, my name is Paula Cottle. I am a fully qualified counsellor / psychotherapist with 12yrs experience working with clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds on a wide range of issues.

Welcome to the Sanctuary of Mind Counselling Service.
People consider counselling for many reasons. You may have an immediate issue such as loss of a job, bereavement, or a serious health diagnosis. You may be struggling with an ongoing issue such as relationship problems, addiction, bouts of depression or anxiety. You may have asked yourself "Who am I" and not known the answer, or you may have asked and not liked the answer. Your life may seem to lack meaning and you wish to find your purpose. Or you may be curious to discover more about yourself, to understand yourself better. Counselling can help.
What Is Counselling?
At its most simple counselling provides someone to think with you, about you. Counselling provides a regular time and space in a confidential, non-judgemental environment that is exclusively yours. You can bring any aspect of your life that you may be struggling with and work with someone who is trained to actively listen and understand how you are feeling, the effect those feelings are having on you and on other people in your life. Your experience of counselling will be unique to you. You may feel improvement after your first session or it may take several sessions.
How Can Counselling Help?
Telling your story in a safe, non judgmental environment, being heard and understood may be enough. Having a neutral person to think with you should help you gain insight into yourself. Once you have increased self awareness you are in a position to think about alternatives and make choices that work for you.
My Approach
I provide an environment based on acceptance, empathy and understanding in order to restore balance to your life. The aim of my approach is to facilitate a greater self awareness, to better equip you to make sound decisions, find your own solutions and resolve issues.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.

Contact details

Phone: 07470 082030 


Natural Therapy Centre Hertfordshire

36 Wigmores North

Welwyn Garden City



United Kingdom

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Opening hours
Tue – Thu 7:30am to 7:30pm
Fri – 7:30am to 1:30pm

Parking is available directly opposite the premises in the John Lewis car park or in the Hunters Bridge or Campus East car parks.