Works as Counsellor/ Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
She works with a wide range of issues and problems including: anxiety (general, social); depression / low mood; abuse (physical, domestic, sexual, emotional); neglect (childhood and adulthood); anger / aggression; bullying (including workplace); chronic illness; stress (including exam stress); phobias; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); self-harm; thought process issues (worry and rumination, perfectionism, need for control, intrusive thoughts); bereavement / grief; gender / sexual identity; insomnia; and many more issues.
Angela is particularly interested in working with people experiencing symptoms as a result of psychological trauma and she has specialist skills in working with children and young people.
Angela's way of workingIn her therapeutic work, Angela focuses on creating a safe and trusting relationship with each individual, so that they may work through their issues at their own pace, in a non-directive way. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches in her work including Counselling, Psychotherapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Play Therapy. She works creatively using images and art materials and integrating a range of therapeutic approaches into her work to suit the ages and stages of development of each individual and where she feels this may be appropriate and welcome. She works in a 'trauma informed' way, seeking to understand what has happened to each client to cause the issues they are experiencing.
Angela's background and experienceAngela has extensive experience of counselling adolescents in secondary education and multi-agency work. She has worked for several different charities, in both voluntary and paid roles, and has managed a primary school based counselling service as well as working in private practice. Angela has also designed and delivered mental health awareness materials to secondary school classes.
Prior to training as a counsellor, Angela had a career as a chartered banker where she worked in a variety of managerial, customer relationship and people development roles.
Angela is a Professional Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society and a Member of the EMDR Association (UK and Ireland). She is also a member of the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme.
Angela charges £60 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer / organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.