Background

pI love my work and am committed to helping my clients develop their inner resources of courage, kindness, insight, humor, and resilience.

The qualities of curiosity and wonder are core values for me, providing an endless source of delight and meaning. I’m con­tin­ually learning, for my own growth and for the growth of my clients.

My own per­spective is that in most cases, when the imped­i­ments to growth are under­stood and removed, when our minds and our bodies are receiving good fuel and attentive care, we are naturally wired to heal and to grow.

I am a BRCA2-positive, breast cancer survivor/thriver. I live with my spouse in Dobbs Ferry, and we have three grown children.

My Back­ground and Training

Expe­rience and cre­den­tials matter, but they do not a good counselor make. As you search for someone to work with, I encourage you to listen to your own sense of the potential con­nection between you and the counselor. That con­nection is much more important than cre­den­tials, coursework, and licensures.

With that said, I have a doctoral degree (1988) in Coun­seling Psy­chology from the Uni­versity of Con­necticut, am Licensed in New York as a Mental Health Counselor (006354), and in Con­necticut as a Pro­fes­sional Counselor (001419). I’m certified by the National Board of Certified Coun­selors and am a Board Certified Coach (Center for Cre­den­tialing and Education) as well as a Certified Health Coach (Institute for Inte­grative Nutrition). I’m committed to con­tin­ually learning about mental health, mind­fulness, nutrition, cultural differences/identity, cre­ativity — really, taken together, all fields that support the search for meaning and well-being.

In the first decade of my career I served as Associate Dean of Students, Minority Student Advisor, and Inter­na­tional Student Advisor at a liberal arts college. I then moved to the boarding/day school world where I served for 10 years as Academic Dean and then 6 more as Director of Coun­seling (teaching throughout) – before opening my private practice. I’ve been a faculty member at the Stanley King Coun­seling Institute since 2001 and have taught coun­seling skills at the Black­berry River Retreat (for inde­pendent school college coun­selors) since 2008. As the spouse of a Head of School, I live on a boarding school campus. I fre­quently visit inde­pendent schools to give workshops on basic coun­seling skills as well as on research per­taining to racism.

I have extensive training in EMDR (level II), cognitive-behavioral therapies, coaching, energy therapies (advanced cer­tificate in Emotional Freedom Technique), positive psy­chology, and cre­ativity in coun­seling. I’ve taken numerous courses on nutrition and its rela­tionship to mental health, including classes provided by Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Arizona Center for Inte­grative Medicine, and other training providers.

I serve as a ghost writer and editor for several admin­is­trators in the inde­pendent school world, helping them craft emails, letters to parents, and the like.

If you are inter­ested in working together, send me an email at paula@paulachu.com or call me at 860–677-1157.