Angela Blanchard, MA (Hons), DipHe, MSc, Registered Member MBACP
A person-centred approach to everyday problems with living
As a counsellor, I see myself as a fellow traveller, a supportive and empowering companion to you when you are travelling a difficult path. My aim is to offer empathic understanding and acceptance, seeing each one of us as a worthwhile individual in our own right, whatever journey we are on.
How I will work with you
Counselling sessions will mostly be taken up with you talking and me listening, but I can also offer a range of interventions and exercises from other approaches when they seem helpful to you. This is something that I will always explore and discuss with you beforehand. Above all, in the counselling session, I aim to create an environment where you feel heard and understood, free from fear and judgment, where you feel accepted for who you are, as you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and experience
I was awarded my MSc in Counselling Psychology from Keele University in 2014 and am a registered member of BACP, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. As well as my training placements, which included one with primary school children through The Place2Be and one with male offenders at a local prison, I have experience in general counselling in a local NHS-funded service.
I came to counselling relatively late in life, having previously been a student, cleaner, waitress, teacher, secretary, PA and journalist; and for many years, whilst bringing up my family, worked for a national childbirth and parenting charity using counselling and facilitation skills in both paid and unpaid roles. This means that I bring a wealth of life experience to my work as well as the theoretical knowledge I have gained in my professional training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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I charge £50 per hour with a 20% concession rate for students, pensioners and other situations of financial hardship. I am happy for you to pay by cheque, cash, or bank transfer. At present I am unable to accept card payments.
Access and parking
I work on the ground floor of my home, so there are no stairs to climb, but there are a few single steps up and down into my counselling room. If you have problems with mobility please do mention this when you make contact and we can discuss access. Parking is available at the side of the house.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My counselling room is on the ground floor but there is a step up and down into the room; please contact me if concerned about access
I work weekdays and can offer early morning and evening appointments Monday to Wednesday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My supervision practice has grown out of my person-centred counselling practice, so I aim to create the same accepting and empathic environment for supervisees as I do for clients. As a supervisor, I use Hawkins & Shohet's "7-eyed supervisor" model (1989/1996) to facilitate the supervisee's growth and development as a practitioner whilst keeping the focus on the work with the client. I welcome enquiries from health professionals, social workers, teachers and other professionals, as well as practitioners working in a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy settings.View supervision profile