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About me

My name is Angharad (pronouns she, her). I am a HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist, with over 7 years’ experience working in the NHS. I have experience of working with a wide range of complex psychological and emotional difficulties - including anxiety, depression, trauma - with individuals from different backgrounds and contexts. My preferred way of working psychotherapeutically is informed by existential, psychodynamic and cognitive approaches. I always pay attention to our relational nature as human beings and to important factors, such as cultural background, sexual and gender identity, disability - and how these and other intersecting identities influence lived experience, meaning-making and wellbeing. I work in both private practice and in the NHS, and sometimes as an External Examiner on the Counselling Psychology Doctorate at Metanoia. Currently I am employed at the Adult Gender Identity Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and have specialist experience working with gender diversity and sexuality. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Education:

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (PsychD) – The University of Surrey
  • Psychology (MA) – The University of Edinburgh

Ongoing training (CPD): 

  • Gender Specialist Training (2021 – present)
  • DBT Essentials – APT
  • Focusing – The London Focusing Institute
  • CBT-E – Credo 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Personal development
  • Sexual identity
  • Gender identity
  • Queer
  • Same-sex attraction
  • Relationship diversity
  • Polyamory
  • Homophobia
  • Transphobia
  • Biphobia
  • Gender
  • Intersex
  • Non-binary
  • Trans
  • Asexuality
  • Androgyny
  • Sexual Health
  • Chronic illness
  • Psychosexual dysfunction
  • Chemsex
  • BDSM
  • Kink
  • Crossdressing 
  • Family conflicts
  • Civil partnerships
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Relationship breakdowns

Fees

£100.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Concession rates available for trainee psychologists (limited space and on request)

Please note: Fees will be discussed and agreed in our initial consultation. You will be expected to pay in advance of your initial assessment but once in treatment, you can opt for a different method of payment.  These include:

- block pay in advance of sessions
- pay per session by bank transfer on the day of each session

Cancellation Policy: I require 48 hours notice for all cancellations otherwise the full rate applies and will be charged.

When I work

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Please get in touch to discuss availability.

I am currently only accepting clients for online therapy. 

Further information

Psychotherapy is a unique way of making sense of our experiences and finding meaning in our distress. It is not always about eliminating suffering but allowing oneself the opportunity to understand and relate to it differently. 

Suffering can be intolerable and it often feels like nothing will ever change. Feelings of hopelessness and despair overwhelm us and we begin to lose sight of ourselves and our true purpose. 

I have learned personally and professionally that suffering is an inevitable part of life - we cannot escape it. Everyone will experience trauma throughout their lives. Whilst trauma can be a one-off debilitating event, other trauma can be a series of smaller, more prolonged, or even invisible experiences. Trauma can differ throughout periods of our lives and sometimes in different intensities. I have a trauma-informed approach when it comes to therapy. I believe that trauma is relational, which means rather than pathologising our responses to such events, I see our distress as a natural response to devastating experiences and conflicts. 

I believe that our distress is communicating something to us. Lots of the difficulties we experience can be an expression of unresolved traumas, unconscious wounds, memories, experiences. However, trauma can also be a chance to face up to our existence, to find more meaning and live an authentic life - one which fulfils our true purpose. In that sense, therapy can be an opportunity to explore, process, understand and make sense of our lived experience, as a way of resolving emotional and psychological difficulties. 

My approach to therapy is relational. As a psychologist, I have been trained in three modalities and continue to develop my expertise and train in other approaches. I draw upon existential, psychodynamic and cognitive approaches. In terms of our work, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is key to change. This means that our relationship is really important and needs to be collaborative and trusting. We can work with our relationship as a way of understanding your relationships in the world. The focus of our work will be your subjective experience, whilst exploring your emotional and relational processes. I adopt a holistic approach, paying attention to the physical, psychological, spiritual and social aspects of your experience. We are embodied beings and so we will also pay attention to your embodied experience. We will examine your past, your present concerns and hopes for the future.

In addition to helping people who are experiencing distress - therapy is also suitable for people who would like to understand themselves better, develop their strengths, achieve their potential and/or improve relationships. I am happy to discuss your unique needs, your hopes and fears about therapy and any questions you might have. 

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom