Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Relationship Counselling with Angela Marks
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Relationship Counsellor and Psychotherapist who specialises in working with couples: married and unmarried; gay or straight; mixed relationships (culturally, racially or ethnically). I provide a safe, confidential and empathic space to enable couples to get to grips with any problems they might be experiencing in their relationship. I also welcome individuals with relationship problems - who are trying to resolve, for example, why a previous relationship/s hasn't worked out.
All relationships have their ups and downs but sometimes things can become overwhelming or unmanageable, communication has broken down, a stalemate has been reached or you find you are leading largely separate lives - all painful states to be in. Each relationship is unique and the following are just some of the reasons why a couple may seek support:
- Loss of sexual intimacy and/or sexual identity
- Job status/redundancy
- Fertility issues
- Loss and bereavement including termination and miscarriage
- Infidelity and breakdown of trust
- Depression and anxiety
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Trauma - past or present
- Adjusting to new relationships: in-laws, step-children, blended families etc.
- Ageing, retirement
When serious problems emerge, couples can feel very stuck in negative and destructive dynamics. Sharing one's thoughts and feelings about each other in the presence of a third person can be invaluable in helping couples to make sense of what's going on, to start talking again in more constructive ways, leading to a deeper understanding of the other and, in turn, a more enriched and trusting relationship.
I also have experience working with couples who have decided to separate and we work together to explore what went wrong and how to split amicably. I believe it is vital to have an understanding of the situation despite the end result. Particularly when children are involved, relationships continue - albeit in a different format.
Training and Ethos
I originally trained as an individual Psychodynamic counsellor, graduating from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and the University of Roehampton in 1999. After having my own family, I became especially interested in couple relationships and the family. I decided to do a further training, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma for Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors from the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) and the University of East London.
My work perspective is psychodynamically informed which largely means that patterns of experiences often formed early in life are dynamically and unconsciously repeated in adult life.
I attach the highest importance to the maintenance of my clients' confidentiality and abide by the BACP code of ethics.
I undertake regular clinical supervision and a programme of continued professional development (CPD).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Society of Couple psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC).
As well as my private practice, I am a visiting clinician at the Tavistock.
Once the initial appointment has been booked, I will need at least 2 full business days notice if you decide to cancel the initial session - otherwise, the full fee is payable.