Angela Holt (Mindwell Therapy) PGDip, MBACP
The Affinity Centre
29A Water Lane
Hale Village Therapy Centre
210A Ashley Road
Coming to therapy, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience. You may not know what to expect or how you are going to be received. Well, that’s how I feel writing this section about me!
I am an individual – and so are you.
I do of course have extensive training and experience in therapy, and the theoretical knowledge and professional qualifications to back that up – that’s what you’d expect from me, isn’t it?
But I don’t have the knowledge and experiences that make you the person you are now, or know in advance what it is that you want to change – only you possess that expertise. That is where we would spend our time closely together, in an alliance, to work through what’s troubling you and to help you become the person you want to be – and are capable of being.
For your therapy to work, a trusting and genuine relationship between us is essential. So as our sessions will focus on you, it feels only right that I first tell you a little about myself and how I work. I hope that this will help you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you.
A little background
After an initial degree in Sociology, my working life has been predominantly ‘people focused’ – in recruitment, training, management and psychometric profiling.
After personally experiencing the powerful effects of counselling to challenge and change deep rooted issues from childhood that were affecting my life, it was a natural progression in my career to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
I see the therapeutic journey as a series of challenges to face and conquer, with essential space and opportunity for reflection. In therapy, you have someone by your side whilst you do this, to help you and support you on your ongoing journey towards self-awareness and fulfilment.
Outside of work I love animals and the outdoors, and can often be found climbing hills and mountains at the weekends. Nature has great healing properties.
What I can do for you
The person-centred approach is non-directive. I won’t offer advice or tell you what to do.
I will offer you time just for you, in a safe and confidential space, where you have the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family, friends or colleagues.
I will accept you, not judge you. I will listen empathically to what matters to you and what you wish to change. I will offer the right amount of challenge to help you gain insight. You will find that by my acting as a mirror to reflect yourself back, you are able to gain greater clarity in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will work towards improving your well-being, in a manner and pace to suit you, and empower you to make the changes you want in your life.
Many people find it difficult to express themselves. I believe in working creatively and pluralistically to find the best way to help you do so. We may incorporate other forms of expression, such as art, writing or music, or aspects of other therapeutic approaches during some sessions. This will only be if appropriate, and I will always seek your consent and collaboration in discovering what works best for you.
Areas of experience
I don’t like to label or categorise ‘issues’. Everyone experiences them in their unique way. But for ease of reference, I regularly work with people experiencing concerns with:
- Suicidal ideation
- Loss – bereavement, divorce, retirement and redundancy
- Domestic Violence – male and female
- Childhood Abuse – sexual, physical and emotional
- Eating disorder
- Low self-worth/low self-esteem
- Loss of focus/purpose
- Alcohol and substance abuse
That is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of the range of issues where I can help.
So why choose me?
I have experienced being in ‘the other chair’ and hope that together we can bring the positive benefits of therapy into your life too. I love what I do and am committed to sharing your journey and helping you to become the person that you want to be.
If you feel comfortable with what you’ve read so far, then please give me a call on 07933 279616 so that we can talk with no obligation. We can arrange an initial session at my Sale, Wilmslow or Hale practice, to give us an opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you and that we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
There are various approaches to therapy and differing levels of qualification.
I trained in Person-Centred Approach (PCA) at the University of Salford and am qualified to Level 7, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), hold a Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory and am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), regularly attending additional training courses.
Being a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethical practice and undertake regular Supervision to ensure I am working in the best way possible with you. I am covered by Enhanced DBS clearance at various establishments where I practice and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am passionate about therapy being accessible to all. I have worked with a local charitable organisation, Path Counselling in Trafford, MIND, a national charitable organisation and at two prisons within the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area, and currently offer EAP counselling in addition to holding private sessions in Sale, Wilmslow and Hale.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
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All sessions last for 50 minutes on a weekly basis. There are no constraints on the number of sessions you have. Some people need only a few sessions and others continue for many sessions over a period of months. We will review our work together every six weeks and it depends on when you feel you have achieved what you want from therapy that we agree and plan an appropriate ending.
All sessions are charged at £60.00.
Everyone faces challenges in life. That’s natural. However, sometimes aspects of our life can become difficult or distressing to cope with or even overwhelming.
The cause can be anything. We all have to deal with unexpected life events – such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or ill-health. Many people can experience work problems. Anyone may over time develop a complete lack of confidence or purpose in life. Difficulties may also relate to deeper-rooted issues that we have held and which have affected our lives in the long-term.
It may feel like a weakness to disclose vulnerability, but it actually takes courage to ask for help to deal with the issues that you face.
Talking to friends and family may be difficult, as no matter how supportive or well-intended, they may offer advice based on their own views, experiences of life and expectations of the person you’re ‘supposed’ to be. In therapy, you can be accepted as yourself and express your true thoughts and emotions without judgement and be empowered to make any changes you want.
Many people ask what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy? Essentially, they are the same ‘talking therapies’ but counselling tends to be shorter term, dealing with current problems, whereas psychotherapy tends to be longer term, addressing deep-rooted issues and may involve exploring early experiences.
Whatever is concerning you, your therapist will respect and accept your perspective, and help you work through the problem to help you understand it and make changes in your life that are right for you.
Therapy is an investment in your future well-being.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime appointments with some evening appointments available until 9.30pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|