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Hello, I am Angela Coulson. I am an experienced Counsellor having trained at Cambridge University, Institute of Continuing Education. My core training is Psychodynamic which is based upon the understanding of past experience, the way we feel, understand ourselves now and how we function in the world. However, I think that the wonderful thing about being human is that we are all unique and therefore I tailor the sessions to individual needs of clients. I qualified in 2007 and have been in practice since 2008.
My background is of working in the NHS. Counselling has been part of my life for over twenty years. I provide a professional, ethical, confidential, nurturing, supportive, non-judgemental, respectful, safe environment where you can work at your own pace, understand yourself and what is going on for you subsequently enabling you to make changes and understanding varied ways of coping should you choose to.
I thoroughly enjoy my work as a Counsellor indeed it is my passion and I am always struck by what a privilege it is to work with the many varied clients I see in my practice. I draw on my own personal experience, extensive training and continued professional development.
I have a wide range of experience working with young people in an Educational setting, adults referred from Community Health Teams, work in a Primary Care setting (GP Practice) including the elderly. I currently run my own private practice and work in NHS Primary Care. I also work with clients through Employee Assistance Programmes offering short-term therapy for employees.
I work Monday to Thursday, offering morning, afternoon and evening appointments. I aim to be flexible where possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Intermediate Certificate in Counselling skills
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling skills
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Cambridge University) 2007
- Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Member of BACP Coaching
- BACP Code of Ethics
Registered Member MBACP (Accred)./BACP Accredited Counsellor
I have an up to date Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Certificate number: 001481251269
I am committed to ongoing continued professional development and attend regular ongoing Clinical Supervision in line with BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice for the Counselling Professions.
- I attend regular ongoing supervision.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in working with Trauma - and have recently attended Somatic Trauma Therapy Training with Babette Rothschild at the Body Psychotherapy Centre in Cambridge.
I also offer telephone counselling.
Please see my website for further detailed information:
- Fee: £45.00per session.
- Initial meeting also priced at £45.00 per session.
- I offer long term face to face work.
- I offer short-term face to face worK.
- Reduced rates for counselling students.
- EAP work undertaken.
- GP referrals accepted.
When I work
I aim to be flexible where possible. Please contact me for further information.
Making the decision to start counselling is a time of vulnerability; you will be talking about sensitive issues that you may have never discussed with anyone before. So finding the right person for you is very important. For this reason I offer all prospective clients an Assessment Session. This gives both of us the opportunity to see if we would like to work together. At this session I take a detailed history from you, understand with you what you would like to achieve. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and I will explain what I am able to offer.
The immediate benefit of therapy is that it should be of help with the problems that brought you in the first instance. Once you have begun to address these problems you may become fascinated by the things you have begun to learn about yourself. You may want to know more about your internal world and our aim in counselling may move from crisis resolution to internal knowledge and change.
Often the process of facing the original problem results in the uncovering of past hurts and current problematic ways in relating to the world. Counselling will enable you to explore these more thoroughly and resolve some of these so that they become less painful. You will also have more of an awareness of yourself and why you feel or behave the way you do.
Counselling should improve your ability to relate to others therefore increasing your capacity for rewarding and intimate relationships. Your relationship with yourself will also improve.