Hello and welcome. I'm Angela, a Senior Accredited Counsellor, Children & Young People's Therapist, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, Rewind Trauma Therapist and Clinical Supervisor based in Dalkeith, Midlothian. I work in person and online from a Psychodynamic perspective, integrated within a Person-Centred approach. I also offer Animal Assisted Therapy - the option to include dogs in your sessions. I love helping people to recover from challenging life experiences that can cause us to struggle with mental health. Contact me to find out how I can help you!
Counsellor MNCS (Snr Accred) | CYPT | EMDR Practitioner | Rewind Trauma Therapist | Clinical Supervisor
EMDR Therapy is a powerful, evidence based treatment which uses bilateral eye movements to process post trauma symptoms. Suitable for treating a wide range of traumatic experiences which often underpin anxiety and depression and post trauma symptoms. Traumatic experiences are distressing events that occur outside our window of tolerance and can leave us with unhelpful reactions to present day triggers, such as panic attacks and phobias or unexplained physical sensations. I am an experienced, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, and I have successfully healed clients from their traumatic experiences with this approach since 2017. I am also registered as a Rewind Trauma practitioner with the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy. Rewind is a fast, effective treatment which stops involuntary recall of traumatic memories and PTSD symptoms. Described as 'closure without disclosure' this therapy is suitable for survivors and witnesses of life threatening events. EMDR and Rewind are both evidence based therapies and may be used to treat adults, children and young people. Screening for suitability essential. Contact me to find out more.
Financial worries, redundancy, career change and transition are all common stressors today. Work place harassment, work related stress and conflict with employers can also impact our mental health. Juggling work with parenting or caring for ageing parents can leave us feeling overwhelmed. Other major life events that can present us with challenges to our mental wellbeing include relationship breakdown, separation and divorce, loss and bereavement, infertility, miscarriage and post natal depression and family conflict. I have personally found counselling to be hugely helpful in supporting me through my own difficult life experiences. It would be my privilege to help you with yours. I can't make your problems go away, but together we can work on making them feel more manageable.
Counselling is a form of talking therapy that provides young people with a safe and confidential space to explore their thoughts and feelings around difficult life experiences. Young people often have concerns around school, relationships, identity, self-image, loss and the future. Feeling heard and understood can alleviate anxiety and depressive symptoms, reduce the urge to self-harm and improve confidence. I have experience of a wide range of issues and offer a non-judgmental LGBT+ safe zone. Neurodiverse clients also warmly and sensitively welcomed.
Children communicate through play. There is a sense of safety available to children by externalising their internal world through metaphors and symbolism. Difficult life experiences that cannot be easily spoken about by young children may be processed through child-led play and creative therapy in the presence of a trained and experienced children's counsellor. Your child will be offered a selection of toys and creative materials to choose from and allowed to express themselves safely and without direction. Children have an innate ability to heal from psychological wounds. This is a process that can take some time and is different for each person so I cannot be prescriptive in how long your child might need therapy. I hold a Diploma in Higher Education in Counselling Children and Young People and have worked with children in primary and secondary school settings. I have undertaken extensive post qualifying training to further my knowledge and skills in working with CYP including Child & Adolescent EMDR Therapy Part 1.
Get out in the fresh air while you work on your mental health. Outdoor therapy can provide a much-needed respite from the distractions, technology and chaos of everyday life. It can also help alleviate Zoom fatigue, a growing phenomenon as we continue to work and learn remotely. Join me on quiet walking trails in and around beautiful Midlothian and East Lothian whilst talking about what's important for you. Walking in nature can be beneficial for easing mild depression and anxiety and for getting your body moving in a healthy way.
Born out of lockdown necessity, my dogs have been helping clients in Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions since 2020. I have found them particularly helpful in supporting clients with their recovery from complex grief. They are also great for autistic teens who may find it difficult to engage in traditional talking therapy.
Including animals in therapy helps clients to open up and feel more at ease. Dogs are a mood lifter and an ice breaker. They are honest, empathetic and naturally authentic. They don’t judge and they’re not vengeful. They live in the moment. Animal assisted therapy can help with many issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems and trauma.
Getting up close to the animals - cuddling, touching, stroking - can help clients feel calmer and more connected. It can stimulate the senses and lower blood pressure and heart rate. If someone is depressed, or shutdown, this can be really helpful.
What happens in a session will depend on you, the issues you’re bringing to therapy and the location. Sessions might include stroking, touching, watching or walking with the dogs.
I hold a Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy and comply with animal welfare legislation. Animal assisted therapy sessions are very limited and the dogs' participation cannot be guaranteed.
I am an experienced, qualified clinical supervisor with experience of working with adults, children and young people in voluntary and private sector settings.
Please contact me for an initial chat if you are a student or recently qualified counsellor/psychotherapist interested in receiving clinical supervision. I can provide supervision either ad-hoc or on a regular basis. Reduced fees are available for students.
APPOINTMENT FREQUENCY AND DURATION
Therapy is a process that requires you to commit to attend regular sessions - usually weekly appointments. It is important before you consider beginning therapy how this would fit in with your other commitments such as work and studies. When I agree to work with you, I will secure a regular time in my diary for you that will not be offered to anyone else - for as long as you need it. This is my commitment to you. Therapy duration is unique to each individual therefore I cannot be prescriptive in terms of how long you may need to attend, however, I generally ask you to attend for a minimum of 4 sessions to review how therapy is working for you. I work both long and short term with clients according to their individual needs.
I offer in person appointments on Tuesdays in a comfortable, relaxed and professional therapy room in Dalkeith town centre where you can feel safe to share your concerns in a confidential setting. I also provide online sessions and walk and talk therapy on Mondays and Wednesdays, subject to availability.
Self funding client fees for adults are £80 per 50 minute session, payable one week in advance.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE CLIENTS
I work face to face with young clients on a Friday afternoon in Dalkeith. Spaces are very limited.
Self funding clients fees for children are £80 per 45 minute session. Essential parental consultations are charged pro-rata at the same rate.
A minimum commitment is required of 4 sessions, payable one week in advance to secure appointments. Future appointments will be negotiated as appropriate. Fees are payable a minimum of one week in advance of your appointment to secure your space.
PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE AND OTHER ORGANISATION FUNDED CLIENTS
I am recognised by BUPA and other insurance providers as a mental health service provider and can accept private medical insurance clients, subject to your policy terms and conditions. Please check your cover and policy excess with your insurer before enquiring. I also accept referrals from rehabilitation services for psychological trauma cases arising from workplace injury or accidents and other organisations. Fees for providing professional services vary - contact me to enquire.
'At a really traumatic time for my family and I, my 11 year old girl needed help. From the first phone call with Angela I was put at ease instantly and within 4 months Angela guided my broken girl back to the happy, confident girl I know and love. I cannot praise her enough. Thanks from a very grateful mum.' Mum of an 11 year old girl
'A few months ago I wasn't at an easy place in my life and struggled with my confidence and many other problems. When I went to Angela she helped and guided me through the hardest times in my life. I'll never be more grateful. Thank you so much.' 11 year old girl
' I appreciate your help so much, thank you from the bottom of my heart .' 31 year old woman
'I am in a really good place now and I can put everything behind me. You made my second birth experience a happy and loving one.' 34 year old woman
'Angela's ability to help me work through a number of complex issues was extraordinary. It has improved my life and relationships immeasurably.' 50 year old male
'Angela gave me the space I needed to really figure out what I wanted from therapy. I had no idea what EMDR was before, but it really works.' 33 year old male
'EMDR works.' 29 year old male
'Private Counselling was worth every penny. Angela helped me understand something I didn't even appreciate I was a part of and gave me a sense of closure.' 29 year old woman
'I am so happy to have worked with Angela, not only is she very welcoming but I greatly appreciated her diverse knowledge of techniques and ability to guide me through the process as comfortably as possible.'
38 year old woman
'Your kind, compassionate approach and wise insights have transformed my life.'
63 year old woman
'You've really helped me.' 13 year old girl
'You gave me hope there could be a tomorrow.' 26 year old man
'I cannot express how grateful I am.' 18 year old boy
'You have been an immense help at a time when we were struggling, and I'm so glad that he had a positive experience of counselling.' Mum of 11 year old boy
'The help you have given me will be with me for the rest of my life.' 17 year old girl
'You made me feel at ease and really helped me with my issues.' 45 year old woman
'Counselling helped me to deal with difficult situations better.' 12 year old girl
Please get in touch via the contact form or email me at email@example.com if you think I may be of help.
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Q. Are you a member of an Accredited Register?
A. Yes I am a Senior Accredited Registrant of the National Counselling Society. I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK. I adhere to their Codes of Ethics.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Counselling is unique to each person so it is impossible to say. It really depends on each person and their individual experiences. I take my lead from each client and respect their choice around how many sessions is right for them.
Q. Is your work supervised?
A. I hold full PVG Registration to work unsupervised with children and young people, however, it is an ethical requirement for all counsellors to have regular clinical supervision. I discuss my client work anonymously with my supervisors to ensure that I am complying with best practice.
Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes, I hold therapist's public liability insurance.
Q. How do I know if you are any good?
A. I am a member of the National Counselling Society Accredited Register, a public record of therapists who have met their standards for registration. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to their Code of Ethics. As counselling is confidential, I cannot provide you with examples of successful counselling case studies. However, you are welcome to review my qualifications, training and experience on LinkedIn and read my client testimonials. If at any time I believe that I am not the right therapist for you, I will try to sign post you to an appropriate service.
I, Angela Robb collect basic personal data about you including your name, adddress, telephone number and email address in order to provide you with information regarding my services and to arrange appointments. I may also collect other relevant data about you including a history of significant life events and health concerns in order to undertake a fully informed clinical assessment of your suitability for counselling and/or EMDR Therapy. I am required under the terms of my therapist insurance policy to maintain client records for a minimum of 5 years including a brief description of the therapy. You have the right to request to see information I hold about you and even have it corrected or deleted with the exception of records retained for insurance purposes. All personal data I process is processed by myself in the UK however for the purposes of IT hosting and maintenance this information is located on servers within the European Union. No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. I have a Data Protection regime in place to ensure the effecive and secure processing of your personal data. I am the Data Protection Officer and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to raise a complaint on how I have handled your personal data.
Hello, I currently have a full case load. My next availability is expected around the middle/end of March. I update my availability here regularly or you can email me to enquire.