About Me

Hello! My name is Paula Peterson. I am licensed professional counselor in Wisconsin since 2007. I am grateful that you are reading my profile and if you connect to what I am sharing, please contact me.
It takes courage and humility to seek out help. Great job noticing your need and taking the step to get your need met!!

I chose the counseling field because of seeing the power of being vulnerable with the struggles of our lives and being cared for in that vulnerability. I know that our mental health is just as important as taking care of the other aspects of ourselves. I obtained a degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout. I have practiced in a day treatment and outpatient setting. I have worked successfully with adults and adolescents. I bring to my practice the belief that we as humans have in us, an innate ability to work through life's struggles. I seek to tap into that ability within our counseling relationship. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, self worth and self esteem, life transitions, grief and loss, and anger management. I also enjoy working with addictions, depression and spiritual struggles.

Lastly, if what I have shared fits for you, please reach out. I look forward to getting to know you and walking with you at this time in your journey. If what I have shared does not fit, I hope you are able to find a good fit for you and your needs.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Codependency , Communication Problems , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

WI LPC 3934-125


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Paula Peterson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by C.A. on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and parenting issues

Paula’s support and counseling has been life giving. She is a gifted therapist that listens without judgement, teaches patiently, and asks questions that allow me to figure things out in my own time. I have greatly appreciated her wisdom and expertise and would recommend her to anyone interested in therapy.

Written by N.A. on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 year and 5 months

She’s absolutely wonderful and supportive. She is always there for me and responds to me when I need her. She’s amazing.

Written by K.A. on Jul 27, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Paula is an excellent therapist. I feel she's really able to home in on the core the issues. I'm therapy I've almost always gotten stuck in the interpersonal conflicts I experience and lose the work on the real and deeper issues that are the roots of the conflict or even ways I can experience relationships differently. Paula just has a way of being able to cut right through that like a knife and help me navigate those issues and get to the core; which brings resolution to my perseverations. We can also them track these things back to how I can be better in situations, whether that means I've done something that was hurtful or if I need to recognize hurtful patterns in others and then to not allow those behaviors toward me. But most importantly, she is able to steer us into the core through the things I deal with day to day. And that core is where the healing needs to take place for any hope of permeance in my process.

Written by P.A. on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Paula is both affable & professional. She’s always up to speed and doesn’t require being brought back up to speed regarding my situation. She’s excellent about gently checking in with ideas and opportunities without putting any pressure on me. I’m very pleased with her as a therapist.

Written by A.S. on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

I was unsure about going to therapy, not knowing if I would be able to really open up to someone but Paula made me feel very comfortable to openly share. She provides a safe space to talk and has great insight on situations. She also shares great resources throughout the week with me. I’ve grown and healed so much in my last six months of therapy. I’m very thankful for Paula.

Written by K.R. on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I am so glad that Paula and I connected. Her energy is contagious, she's a great listener, she follows up after each appointment and asks how I'm doing, and I can feel the genuine care for my soul. I love the homework that I am assigned. It is very relevant to what I talk about and helps me work through my issues when she's not available. I look forward to seeing her face every week! Thank you, Paula, for being a bright light in this brutaful world!

Written by D.A. on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

she’s an incredible therapist that has helped me more than any other therapist i’ve ever had. i feel very supported by her. Paula bas helped me realize things about myself that I never knew and will always accommodate our therapy sessions for what i need that day :)

Written by S.H. on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Paula has been a Godsend to me. She validates my struggle, while challenging me to see things from a different perspective. She gives insight into issues that I have never known, and it has allowed me to find freedom to be me, to love others, and enjoy life in ways I have never been able to before. I am very thankful for her!

Written by D.A. on Apr 17, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Paula has been amazing. I was scared and reluctant to seek out therapy. She has been kind and patient with me. I never thought I would open up as much as I have. It has truly been life changing.

Written by M.F. on Apr 10, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

I’ve only had one live session with Paula, but so far I feel confident in the process.

Having correspondence in between sessions and the journaling options has been very helpful for me to clear my mind and step back and look at the situation. I appreciate the online support between sessions that she provides.

Written by E.M. on Mar 25, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She really cares about how I’m doing and works her hardest to work with me to get me the help I need when I need it.

Written by L.I. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I have been meeting with Paula for the last six months and it has without a doubt changed my life for the better. Paula has helped me process a lot of difficult scenarios in my life that have been incredibly beneficial. She has also helped me grow as a person in more ways than I can list. I could not recommend her enough!

Written by J.E. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Paula is wonderful! I'm so grateful to have her walk awith me in this journey.

Written by J.U. on Mar 04, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

I am very happy that I found Paula. She is very understanding. Her voice feels like a warm hug.
She has a perfect balance between helping you be comfortable but still challenging you to grow.

Written by J.U. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Paula is great! I feel as though I've been able to make a lot of progress working with Paula these last couple months. I really appreciate her expertise and resource recommendations.

Written by M.A. on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

I love my sessions with Paula, she has helped me learn so much about myself.

Written by K.R. on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Paula is an amazing therapist. She allows me to be real. I saw Paula before BetterHelp and would only see her. She has helped me to use skills and be able to get through tough times. She has allowed me to have a safe place to just feel what I need to feel. She has helped me gain skills to be able to solve issues and showed me ways to communicate.

Written by S.A. on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Paula is an excellent therapist. She excels in listening and helping me solve my concerns. She offers great advice, and challenges me when I need it! I recommend her over and over again.

Written by K.A. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigu

Absolutely amazing, always made sure I knew I was heard, that my feelings were "normal". Always had articles and techniques for me to try and help myself. Always happy to see or hear from me. Only left cause I lost my job, but I'd chose her again in an instant

Written by K.R. on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Paula is incredibly skilled at both allowing time in silence and offering ideas for discussion. I'm very grateful to have her guidance.

Written by H.E. on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Paula is an awesome counselor! She helped me learn so many things about my life that I hadn't realized prior to beginning our therapy together. She's one of the best therapists I've ever seen. Highly recommend her!

Written by K.E. on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 4 months

I have seen Paula for years. She has been incredibly helpful to me. I don't know what I would have done without her! Respectful, brilliant, kind, funny. I love her.

Written by H.A. on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Paula always listens to me and responds to all of the things that I share with her. She has a lot of wisdom to guide healing but always gives space for me to heal the way that I want and need to heal. She's always believing in me and my potential and is there for the messy parts. She is an expert on what it takes to heal the body and work through trauma...which has been my biggest thing. I have a lot of trauma and some things that I don't even remember, and through working with her, I trust that my body will tell the story and bring me into the lifelong healing that I have been searching for. I highly recommend Paula and BetterHelp because there are real experts working on this platform.

Written by J.I. on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 1 year and 6 months

Paula has been great to work with. She’s insightful & caring.

Written by B.R. on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Paula is amazing!!! I would highly recommend her to anyone who is going through a challenging season! I have never been to counseling before so I was pretty hesitant. I was also a little nervous about not doing it in person, I was unsure if I'd really be able to build that strong connection. Only a few weeks in and I can say, Paula has exceeded my expectations! She is everything I was looking for in a couselor; kind, respectful, empathetic, compassionate, and just genuinely cares about my feelings and struggles. I am so thankful a friend recommended BetterHelp and I found Paula as a couselor. Thank you so much Paula, for being who you are!

Written by E.R. on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Paula is amazing and has made me feel so comfortable opening up, which isn't easy. She makes it professionally while still feeling like a friendly conversation. I went through a couple counselors before her and it's like a 360 degree difference. Very happy.

Written by K.E. on Jun 28, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Paula is a great therapist. She understands my needs and my struggles. She helps encourage me to be the best me.

Written by D.E. on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks

Paula is great it’s nice to be able to talk someone without bias she helps me realize things about myself without really saying much she just analyses my thoughts and points out the main idea she doesn’t try to persuade my ideas or thoughts. She is great

Written by K.E. on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

amazing wholesome woman. she has a beautiful soul who has helped me so much. i was always hesitant about therapy but she makes it so easy.

Written by L.A. on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I had an immediate connection with Paula. She really cares about addressing things that I would like to talk about, and she’s extremely supportive and has made counseling a wonderful experience!

Written by D.E. on Mar 01, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Paula has been very helpful and responsive for me. I feel she understands my areas of concern and helps me address them with practical ideas. She is compassionate and respectful, and I feel very much at ease with her.

Written by L.O. on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Paula is extremely helpful and professional, easy to talk to, and very understanding. She has already helped me process alot of my emotions in just a few weeks.

Written by C.A. on Sep 26, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 8 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Paula is awesome! Kind, compassionate, flexible and offers sound advice. I actually see her as a counsellor and a life coach and am so grateful I get to check in with her every week.

Written by A.N. on Aug 01, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 4 months

Absolutely amazing! She’s helped me a ton

Written by N.I. on Jun 16, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Paula is fantastic. She will find opportunities to expand your thinking and creative ways to cope and work through life’s challenges.

Written by M.O. on May 14, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 months

I’ve had one other counselor through my college’s health and wellness center, and both he and Paula were really good listeners. They both make an effort to understand my problems, which is why I would suggest to anyone that they should find a counselor.

The reason I really appreciate Paula’s work is that she is very knowledgeable and creative in the way she gives guidance and resources for my concerns. I was worried about finding a counselor through betterhelp because I didn’t know the qualifications and expertise of who I’d be paired with. I had no reason to be worried.

Paula’s given me so many resources for finding guidance in my worries and concerns, and I’m beyond appreciative.

Written by M.A. on May 03, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Paula is absolutely amazing. She is super informative and helps me process my own emotions. 100% would recommend.

Written by D.E. on Apr 04, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I’ve been working with Paula for almost a month now. She listens so well and gives great feedback. She makes me feel really comfortable and always responds quickly. I would definitely recommend her to anyone, she’s already helped me tremendously!

Written by J.A. on Feb 02, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Paula is great!! She listens to you and responds back so quickly!

Work with me!