I am a highly qualified and experienced relationship counsellor and psychotherapist. I completed my specialist training at Tavistock Relationships, an internationally renowned centre for couples psychotherapy, training and research.
I provide therapy for both individuals and couples who would like to work on their relationship: those who wish to improve or repair their relational patterns as well as those who may be considering separation.
I welcome diversity in my practice and have considerable experience working with same sex couples and clients from a broad range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
It is my belief that the capacity to form and sustain healthy relationships is central to our happiness and our sense of wellbeing. If the couple relationship isn’t thriving, the whole family is negatively impacted.
Coming for therapy provides an invaluable opportunity to take a closer look at what’s happening between you and your partner & to be heard by a non-judgemental other. I provide a safe, confidential and empathic space to enable couples to face the problems they are encountering.
Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Relationship Counselling with Angela Marks
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 entirely unique and there are a multitude of reasons as to why a couple may seek support.
- Communication difficulties/recurring conflict
- Fertility issues
- Breakdown of sexual relationship
- Affairs & the impact on relationships
- Parenting (including step-parenting)
- Depression and anxiety
- Self-destructive behaviour including addictions
- Trauma – past or present
When serious problems emerge, couples can feel stuck in negative and destructive dynamics. Sharing one’s thoughts and feelings about each other in the presence of a neutral third person – who is able to think when thinking can feel impossible – can be enormously beneficial as well as a catalyst for change. Couples can begin 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.
Psychotherapy Training, Ethos and Experience:
I originally worked & trained as an individual psychodynamic therapist, graduating in 1999 from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and the University of Roehampton.
Several years later – having had my own family – I became intrigued by our connections with others, what drives our choices, what constitutes a satisfying couple relationship and how powerfully influenced children are by their parental couple. This motivated me to further my professional development by training in couple counselling & psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships (TR), a unit of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.
In addition to my private practice, I am a visiting clinician at Tavistock Relationships where I work as a senior therapist in the General Counselling & Psychotherapy Service. I am also a member of its specialised Divorce & Separation team.
I am a member of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I attach the highest importance to the maintenance of my clients’ confidentiality and I adhere to their professional code & ethical guidelines.
I am committed to my own personal and professional development, undertaking regular supervision and specific CPD, in order to expand my learning and enrich my work.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
Initial Consultation, Ongoing Sessions & Fees:
The initial consultation is an opportunity for us to meet and talk about your concerns, to explore what is happening now and for us to get a feel how it might be to work together and whether you will find therapy useful.
I recommend one initial consultation with the possibility of a follow-up meeting if it is felt that more time is required before making a commitment to ongoing sessions.
Once the initial appointment has been booked, I will need at least 3 full business days notice if you decide to cancel the session – otherwise, the full fee is payable.
The initial consultation is a 75 minute session and ongoing sessions are 50 minutes.
For a 50 minute session: