B.Ed.,Grad.Dip.Couns.Psych., M.Couns. HS., MAPS MCCOUNP
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists
Specialist Course – Couple Therapy – Relationships Australia
Developmental Psychiatry Course (Child and Adolescent) – “Mindful” –University of Melbourne
Certificate IV Training and Assessment.
- Individual Counselling/psychotherapy
- Couples/relationship counselling (see below)
- “Walk and Talk” sessions (see below)
- Medicare Mental Health Care Plan provider – Bulk bill available on request with referral from GP
Background and Experience
Angela McGrath is a Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years experience in a variety of settings including community mental health, youth services, medical centres, university counselling, primary schools and private practice. While having an extensive background in individual and relationship counselling, she has also delivered group programs in the areas of parenting, primary school mental health, transition to secondary school and mental health first aid.
Angela enjoys working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children (5-12 years).
Areas of work
Angela can assist people in a broad range of psychological issues, including;
- Anxiety; panic disorders; generalised anxiety; social anxiety; worry; perfectionism;
- Depression and mood issues
- Stress and adjustment issues
- Difficulties managing intense emotions
- Relationship issues
- Grief and loss
- Parenting/Family issues and dynamics
- Communication skills
Approaches to Therapy
Angela works with her clients with the aim of assisting the client to develop a clearer understanding of their issues, and build self confidence and resilience using practical, day to day strategies and skills which enhance emotional wellbeing. She believes that from time to time we can all be confronted with challenging life events, and working through these issues in a supportive and collaborative environment means that the client has the opportunity to develop their own understandings, solutions and strategies, leading to the development of a resilient sense of self and a life that is more fulfilling and meaningful.
Angela uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, solution focused, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic theory.
Angela has a specialist qualification in relationship counselling. Relationship counselling offers the opportunity for couples to discuss their issues in a supportive and neutral environment. Couples can often get caught in habitual, unhelpful and sometimes detrimental patterns of relating to each other. Relationship counselling offers the opportunity for each member of the couple to consider their individual relational style and how this impacts on the way they communicate with each other, thus offering an opportunity to better understand themselves as a couple and address the challenges they may be experiencing.
“Walk and Talk” Counselling
Angela also offers the unique opportunity to have a ‘walk and talk’ counselling session. This type of counselling can offer a different dynamic to sitting down face to face in a consulting room, potentially resulting in different perspectives and insights for the client, not to mention the added benefits that exercise and being outdoors have for our physical and emotional wellbeing. We often spend our days inside, sitting and working, and to have the opportunity to exercise and have a supporting counselling interaction at the same time may be a time saver in our sometimes hectic lives. The first session is conducted face to face so that we can meet and get a sense of what brings you to counselling. We can then make a decision if a ‘walk and talk” session/s would be appropriate for you. The finer details of the ‘walk and talk’ e.g. where, for how long and issues of confidentiality if we happen to bump into someone you know would also be considered and discussed. Please feel free to contact Angela directly for further details.
To make an appointment or for further information please call or email Angela directly on:
0402 500 706
Or contact The Hartington Centre on (03) 9489 1888.
Reception hours at Hartington are 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Calls will be forwarded to an answering service outside of these hours.