Angela Dierks, BA (Hons), MStud (Oxon), MA Integrative Counselling, MBACP (Acc)
Update: I currently work online (Zoom/Skype) or via telephone.
Whether you are an individual or couple right now you might be at your wit's end and not quite sure how best to address your issue of concern. You may be quite apprehensive at the idea of going into counselling. In the profile below I aim to give you some idea about my way of working as a counsellor.
I trained as an integrative counsellor and take as the starting point the needs of the individual, integrating psychotherapy theory in a way that best suits the person I am working with. I have over 10 years experience working as a counsellor, psychotherapist and couple therapist. As a university lecturer on MA and MSc counselling courses I have regular opportunity to reflect on counselling approaches and to take this into my client work.
I work very closely with you, the client, in designing ways of addressing the issues that most concern you. These issues may be related to
- having difficulties in a relationship
- not being sure whether to continue with the relationship
- feeling low, depressed and without motivation
- feeling very anxious and worried or suffering from with panic attacks
- stress at work
- struggling to manage your anger
- struggling to make the right decision
- dealing with an affair
- the loss of a loved one
- a wish to explore yourself further
- your sexuality or sexual life
- lack of confidence and self-esteem
- getting used to big changes in life
- postnatal depression
- mild eating disorders
I am very dedicated to my work as a therapist and feel passionate about it. I witness my clients change through our work together and strongly belief that therapy has a profound effect on people's life.
My practice is based in Palmers Green/Southgate. Alternatively, if you would find it difficult to see me face-to-face I am able to offer sessions via Skype as well.
Being in a relationship can be hard work. Dealing with difference and conflict is a normal part of a relationship. You may currently feel stuck in conflict in your relationship and decide to explore this further together with your partner. Or you may wish to have a better understanding of how you are in your relationship with your partner aiming to deepen your commitment further. Whether you want to repair or maintain your relationship couples therapy offers you opportunities to consider different ways of being with each other and talking to each other. Couples therapy would also offer you the possibility of exploring how best to separate as a couple if that is what you wish to do.
In couples therapy the relationship is the client rather than two individuals. We will be exploring why you have chosen each other in the first place (the reasons can be quite surprising!), why you behave the way you do in your relationship and how you may be communicating more effectively with each other.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by the BACP's ethical code of practice.
I have a Diploma and M.A. Integrative Counselling (with Distinction), London Metropolitan University and a Diploma in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education).
I completed a BACP accredited Diploma in Clinical Supervision (CPPD) and am entitled to offer supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors.
I have previously studied for a BA Honours, King's College London and M.St. European Literature, St Cross College, University of Oxford.
I regularly engage in continuous professional development (CPD) to further my understanding and keep abreast of new developments in the therapy world. This includes for example training this year on working with anxiety and anxiety disorders and training on working with domestic abuse as well as trauma.
I have worked for most of my life in Higher Education as a student counsellor, lecturer on counselling courses and as a manager of services to students. I am currently a Lecturer on the MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London. I have worked with a very wide range of presenting issues that clients bring to therapy and with a variety of adults of all ages. As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist I draw on different schools of counselling that include psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive-behavioural models of counselling.
I have worked with a very diverse range of clients and am respectful and affirmative of difference and diversity related to race, culture, sexuality, gender, faith and physical ability.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Issues related to identity (e.g. cultural, sexual, class)
- Issues related to oppression
- Issues related to parenting and families
- Issues related to difficulty at work
£60 per 50 min session
£90 per 50 min session
Counsellor and psychotherapist supervision
£60 per 60 min session
Our sessions take 50 minutes each. In the first session we will discuss why you are seeking therapy and what you would like to get out it. You will have an opportunity to ask any question you like. I will ask you some questions about your present circumstances, your family and social network. We will then decide what works best for you in terms of short term or long term therapy.
Theoretical models for therapy in a nutshell:
Psychodynamic counselling is concerned with how your experiences from the past influence the way you feel, think and behave in the present. This is the 'classic' model of psychotherapy starting with Freud and Jung and including psychoanalysis, attachment theory, object relations theory and present day relational models.
The focus is on uncovering your unconscious ways of doing things, making your aware of them and ultimately to help you implement changes in your life.
Cognitive-behavioural theory (CBT) is most concerned with your thought patterns and how they affect your behaviour, which may occasionally seem irrational and come out of nowhere. CBT is a more practical approach to issues that trouble you, focusing on concrete, goal oriented exercises that help you to change your way of (negative) thinking.
Humanistic theory started off as a reaction to both classic psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of counselling where the therapist was largely seen as the 'expert' and the client as the 'patient'. Humanistic models include person-centred counselling, Gestalt therapy and psychosynthesis.The belief is that the client knows best what choices to make and that the therapist helps by providing an environment where the client can flourish.
Integrative Therapy acknowledges that one theory cannot address everything and that every individual has different needs that demand different responses. As an Integrative Counsellor I believe that all of the three main theories referred to above are most effective when not dealt with in isolation but when used to address a specific need in the most holistic way.
More articles by Angela Dierks
- Differentiation – balancing the need for togetherness and separation
- Domestic abuse - female and male victims
- The difficulties of leaving an abusive relationship
- The end of a relationship
- Shame and guilt
- Approaches to working with depression
- Conflict and anger in the relationship
- Developmental trauma in childhood
- Loneliness and isolation
- How self-aware are you in your relationship?
- The co-existence of anxiety and depression
- The different stages of a relationship
- Developing a healthy balance between separateness and togetherness in relationships
- Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?
- Engaging the right part of your brain when in conflict
- How am I in my relationships?- Attachment styles in couples
- Midlife - crisis and opportunity
- Anger and conflict in the relationship
- Where is the love
- The inevitability of change
- Not looking back in anger