I specialise in detecting the cause of current problems and facilitate a way forward to process these issues in order to move forward with much improved quality of life.
Are you undergoing the same type of issues again and again through your life?
Many of these issues can be linked to large or small traumas.
I have been working in mental health since 1995, and have been providing psychotherapy to private clients since 2004. I continue to work within psychiatry in the NHS in an assessment role.
My service helps you to live in the present and to look forward to the future whilst at the same time dealing with past issues. Using cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal and neural techniques, I will work with you to remove the emotional distress from traumas and phobias and we will work together on replacing these negative issues in your life with a positive focus and creative use of your natural resources.
Often people with current anxieties, depression, lack of self confidence or ongoing pain, are suffering from the effects of small or large traumas from the past that a part of their emotional brain and their body may be clinging on to, these symptoms can be treated to clear symptoms and improve quality of life. I use CBT, Human Givens, EMDR and Sandtray work.
Cognitive Behavioural work involves exploring the relationship between thought processes, emotions, behaviour, physical feelings and the environment and relieving distress by changing one or more of these factors.
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, involves reprocessing negative material that is locked into the brain and adapting it with positive processing, resulting in an improved state and increased self confidence.
Human Givens therapy works with people to relieve emotional distress, to enable them to feel mentally strong, able to set goals, alter expectations and realise desired outcomes.
My service helps you to live in the present and to look forward to the future whilst at the same time dealing with past issues. Using the above techniques, I will work with you to remove emotional distress and we will work together on replacing these negative issues in your life with a positive focus and creative use of your natural resources.
The brain puts an emotional tag onto things that happen to us, this can be positive or negative. For example if you think of a situation when you were extremely happy and really allow yourself to wallow in that moment, chances are that you will smile and these thoughts will induce a positive feeling in you, this is something worth hanging onto. However if you think back to an unhappy or frightening experience this may also change your state of being, this time to a more negative state and it may be more beneficial to eradicate this feeling.
The emotional tag can be removed by moving this memory from one part of the brain, the amygdala, to another more logical part of the brain, the frontal cortex. This process helps you to leave the pain of the past behind and to move on with your life.
Together we look at what changes you want or need and examine your lifestyle and any patterns you may have that could be contributing to your problems or dilemma. We look at trigger situations for issues and the way your thoughts, emotions and behaviour are interlinked and together we set new patterns into your neural pathways to effect positive change.
I approach each person as a unique individual and I focus therapy on enhancing people's strengths and developing their natural resources for sustainable change.
I will help you in any of the following areas;
Remove / Reduce Anxiety
Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Develop Emotional Well Being
Increase Self Esteem
Manage Lifestyle Change
Resolve Weight Issues
Adjust Work / Life Balance
Increase Holistic Well Being By Effective Stress Management
Tackle Panic Attacks
Deal with Procrastination
Cope with Crisis of Identity / Purpose in Life
Manage Pain and Accelerate Healing
Jerry stated that the sessions with Angela had turned his life around and highly recommends Angela as a therapist.
“Thank you Angela, I now have a life, a wonderful life. I no longer fear everything daily. I wake up to a new day, without worrying and without fearing the worst. Having lived with anxiety and depression for over 20 years, and truly believing that that was my lot, it is amazing to not have the shadow of depression following me around. I have my life now, it’s guilt free, worry free and fear free. My past is just that, my past and it no longer controls who I am today. I’ve started work now, I’m playing the piano again, I’m drawing and reading. For me it’s been life changing, and i cannot thank Angela enough.”
Mary wrote; The sessions with Angela are always constructive, interesting and mostly enjoyable. She is aware of the need for a safe situation when working through one’s difficulties and provides this. The EMDR was surprisingly effective for me and with other interventions has achieved a situation where I can enjoy life and it’s challenges again.
Following treatment Jane wrote; Thank you very much Angela the sessions helped me cope with my anxiety. I was in the midst of a breakdown and you helped me change my way of thinking so I could rebalance my life.
Michael stated that his thinking was clearer after one session than it had been for 2 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Human Givens Diploma Post Graduate
Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BA Batchelor of Arts in Approved Social Work Practice
Member of the Human Givens Institute
Member of the European Studies Institute
Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching
parts 1, 2, & 3 in Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing
Specialist Protocols with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Headaches
Child Care Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing
Introduction To Sandtray Therapy
Psychological difficulties and indecision about direction in life depends on each person's 'story' of their life, what has happened to you and your perception or view of these events.
I have worked for the last 23 years in many different areas of psychological distress, ranging from mild anxiety and low self esteem through to depression, health issues, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks and other varied issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chaotic lifestyle and inability to adjust to other people's expectations.
Pain management and acceleration of healing.
Sessions are charged at £42 per session at my home in Barbrook and £62 per session in South Molton
I now offer double sessions once we start processing work as I find that people then need less session time overall, double sessions are by choice and appropriateness though.
Some concessions currently available to adolescents within a 5 mile radius of Barbrook, whose parents are on a low household income, please contact me to discuss this.
I offer a discount of;
10% for 3 sessions paid in advance - these to be used within 6 months
15% for 6 sessions paid in advance - these to be used within 9 months
Home visits are by arrangement with a fee for travel.
I have an enhanced CRB check from September 2010.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by individual arrangement. Some early evening appointments available.
Types of client