Angela Hughes Registered MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons), FdA Humanistic Counselling
Do you wish to feel empowered and be in an environment that promotes equality, acceptance and values you positively as a person?
I offer a professional service in Cosham and Waterlooville, working with:
- Young People
I am a BACP Accredited, Registered Counsellor. This means my practice has been deemed to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner (BACP, 2014). My training has also met the standards required to gain entry onto the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapies Voluntary Accredited Register. This Register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and provides assurance to clients that the counsellor offers good quality care.
I have over ten years experience and I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate. I am Data Protection Registered as well as a Qualified Supervisor of Counsellors, so I am able to offer Supervision as part of my practice.
Whilst my core approach is Humanistic, I can supervise counsellors from other modalities, as I am able to translate theoretical language across models.
I have particular experience working with issues such as:
- Relationship Difficulties
- Loss of a Child
- Exam Stress
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders/Body Image Issues
- Workplace Conflicts
About the Sessions
Counselling and Supervision are available face-to-face and via telephone or Skype. I am also a qualified online practitioner. Sessions are fifty minutes long for counselling, however, these can be reduced to thirty minutes for young children in order to account for their level of concentration and processing ability. Counselling can be short or long-term and daytime and evening appointments are available.
How Can Counselling Help?
It is normal to experience emotional difficulties during life and counselling is one way of supporting you at such times. Counselling can provide an opportunity to explore issues that may be preventing you from leading a more rewarding and fulfilling life. You can free yourself from past issues/behaviour and grow into the unique person you really are!
Goals of Counselling May Include:
- Increase in self-esteem and confidence.
- Helping you to gain clarity of your thinking, feelings and/or behaviours.
- Accessing your inner resources to promote further trust in your decisions.
- An increase in personal awareness, which can help you to make more informed choices for the future.
- Working through experiences you feel 'stuck' or 'confused' with. This could include integrating childhood issues or trauma.
How I Work
I am passionate about supporting individuals with the issues they bring to counselling. I am caring and respectful when working alongside my clients. I first began my journey into counselling via my own personal development. Having experienced the benefits and changes within me, I subsequently began training as a counsellor.
Although my core approach is Humanistic, integrating Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy depending on the needs of the client, I also work in a Solution-Focused way. This means I offer a safe and confidential environment where I am empathic, non-judgmental and genuine. I will support you through your journey by being alongside you and listen attentively in order to understand and hear your experience. Having an environment whereby you feel safe enough to disclose/let go of any negative beliefs, fear, anger, sadness or guilt can be extremely healing and aid self-acceptance.
Throughout our relationship (which I believe is the key to successful therapy), you will learn more about yourself and be able to identify any obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your full potential. I will support you to draw upon your own coping strategies. This is hugely empowering and will enable you to find a way forward. I can also help individuals to look at how they interact and act, based upon their behavioural patterns learnt as a child. This helps release old feelings and expresses emotions in the present. Once self-awareness evolves, individuals then have the choice of changing the way they relate to the outside world.
In addition to the 'talking therapy', (if requested by you) creative methods can be used such as art materials, puppets and stones. These stimuli make it easier to communicate deep issues, fears and worries. They provide a medium through which ideas and feelings can be expressed freely.
This poem by Theodore Roszak (1981) sums up what I aim to offer as a counsellor:
You and I….
we meet as strangers, each carrying a mystery within us.
I cannot say who you are; I may never know you completely.
But I trust you are a person in your own right, possessed of a
beauty and value that are the Earth's richest treasures.
So I make this promise to you:
I will impose no identities upon you but will invite you to become
yourself without shame or fear.
I will hold open a space for you in the world and defend your
right to fill it with an authentic vocation.
For as long as your search takes, you have my loyalty.
"Empowered is probably my big one, but I am now understanding a lot more about me and how my brain works. I won't allow myself to be hard on myself anymore".
"You had a good understanding of my issues and were very professional and understanding."
"You encouraged me to reach my own conclusions and to trust my own judgements. I am able to call on inner resources to help myself when low moments strike."
"You were enthusiastic about meeting with me, which led me to feel I had made the right choice of counsellor. Your genuineness gave me hope that I would be feeling better".
"Very positive, open, had immediate confidence in the strength of the counsellor".
"I found you personable and friendly, which was important in a choice of counsellor".
"I feel stronger, kinder and more able to cope with my feelings and situation."
"I feel I have a much better sense of empowerment and to trust myself."
"Talking has really helped me address issues. I didn't feel judged and was able to go at my own pace."
"All interactions were pleasant. I enjoyed being able to talk to someone completely neutral to give an objective view. I appreciated all feedback and felt Angela really understood what was going on".
"I became aware of being prone to avoidance, all or nothing thinking and highly critical. I now have strategies in place to acknowledge/combat unhelpful behaviour and to be kinder to myself in general".
"My daughter has processed the problems she was having. I'm sure the sessions played a part in her moving forward positively".
"I no longer beat myself up for things that are not under my control. My mind is no longer the tangled mess of thoughts and feelings, thank you."
"Working with Angela was good, I felt relaxed and safe. I am now a lot more confident, not only in myself, but with talking to others and building relationships".
"It's amazing to speak to an adult who understands teenagers!".
"I am more confident in myself and my abilities. I am more accepting of my fragile and vulnerable self."
"Just being able to vent/cry/whinge whilst knowing I was being actively listened to was helpful".
"I'm in a much better place, more positive and much more confident."
How To Book A Session
If you would like to book a session, then I welcome you to either call or text me on 07716 124 328 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling with Commendation - Accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Masters Level) - Accredited by The National Counselling Society
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision of Counsellors (Masters Level) - Accredited by The National Counselling Society - Grade B
- Certificate in Online Counselling Skills - Level 3 - Awarded by The Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Certificate in Couples Counselling - Level 2
- Certificate in Couples Counselling - Level 1
- Bachelor of Arts Degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Primary Teaching
- Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory - Level 3
- Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory - Level 2
- Introduction to Counselling – Level 1
BACP Accredited, Registered Counsellor - Registration Number: 034248
Accredited Member and Approved Supervisor - The National Counselling Society
Member of Hampshire Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Some Subject Areas Covered In Workshops Attended
- Anger Management - A Transactional Analysis Perspective
- Relational Depth & Emotional Connection in Online Therapy
- Loss of a Stillborn Baby
- Stuck in Grief
- Working with Trauma
- Personality Disorders & Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- CBT & Depression
- CBT & Insomnia
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Objects of Desire - An Attachment-Based Approach to Working with Addiction
- Transgender & Inter-Sex
- Working with Death & Dying
- Understanding Anger, Depression & Anxiety in Young People
- Brief Therapy
- Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma & the Body
- From Trauma to Trouble - The Dramatic Effects of Early Childhood Experiences on Social, Emotional & Behavioural Development
- Working Creatively with Adults & Young People
- Bereavement & Loss
- Supervising Clients who Work with the Risk of Suicide & Self-Injury
- Anxiety, Phobias & Attachment Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Autism & Asperger’s
- Working with Groups
- Difficult Behaviours
- Art Therapy
- Attachment, Consequences & New Research
- Working at Relational Depth
- Sexuality, Diversity & Prejudice
- Suicide Awareness
- Motivational Interviewing
- Life Balance
- Play Therapy
- Working with the Body in Counselling
- Domestic Violence & Alcohol Counselling
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
I have a background in Education, Training and Adult Mental Health. In addition to my practices at Waterlooville and Cosham (working with Adults, Young People, Families and Couples) I have worked in a Secondary School as a School Counsellor. I have also worked in a primary school dealing with children who have behavioural and special educational needs. Therefore, I am experienced in managing challenging behaviour and have specific expertise in Autism and Asperger's.
Other specialist areas include Relationship Difficulties, Depression, Bereavement, Addiction and Abuse. I embark upon monthly supervision to ensure I am offering you a professional service and attend regular training to keep my practice current.
I worked for several years as a Voluntary Counsellor at Off The Record. I supported both Young People, Adults and Parents and supervised support workers in managing the above issues. I helped assess candidates who were transferring into a counsellor role and delivered a workshop on Depression. I also trained new volunteers entering the service, offering information on how to deal with Relationship Difficulties, Suicidal Intentions and Abuse.
My work at Portsmouth Counselling Service with adults gave me valuable experience in working with individuals suffering from addictions. I received training on Domestic Violence and Alcohol Counselling, so this has helped me understand the issues involved in such situations.
I also volunteered for over two years at The Rowans Hospice. I worked alongside patients, staff and visitors on the Ward, Day Centre, Reception and Coffee Shop. Therefore, I have much experience and knowledge in dealing with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have delivered training to a variety of organisations and professionals working in Mental Health. Some of this training has involved an element of Personal Development, so I am able to facilitate individual and group processes.
Topics have included Depression, Attachment, Self-Harm, Relationships with Food, Depression in Young People/Children, Eating Disorders, Dealing with Difficult Behaviours, Suicide, Building a Successful Private Practice, Co-dependency and Mental Health Awareness.
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- £55 per counselling session for Individuals.
- £65 per session for Couples
- £75 for Families.
Supervision Fees: £65 for an hour and a half session per month.
All appointments are to paid 48 hours in advance via bank transfer.
Failure to pay for your appointment 48 hours' before each session may result in cancellation of your appointment or referral on.
Cancellation charges can be viewed on my website.
Where Do The Sessions Take Place?
My practice in Cosham is situated in the centre of the town (address at top of the profile), next to Cosham Library and The Red Lion Pub. It is only a ten-minute walk from Cosham Train Station and a five-minute walk from all local bus stops. There are a number of pay and display car parks, within minutes walk of the practice; the nearest being behind The Red Lion Pub.
The Natural Therapy Centre is easily accessible from the M27 and A27. Neighbouring towns such as Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton are ideally placed to provide access to this professional centre. It has a number of private, well-furnished rooms. The downstairs room has wheelchair access.
My practice in Waterlooville is above Cowplain Family GP Surgery (address at top of profile). Best Practice South has 7 highly confidential and spacious rooms. Reception cover is provided to greet clients and drinks are available while you are waiting for your appointment.
Best Practice South is located close to towns such as Cowplain, Horndean, Petersfield and Denmead. Bus stops are directly outside the centre and the A3 and M27 are minutes' drive from the main London Road. Free Parking is available for clients' and the building contains a lift ideal for wheelchair users.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday - Daytime and Evening Appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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