About Angela Cartland

In my counselling practice I work with individuals presenting with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, work stress, health and lifestyle, and more. As I counsel people, I try to let my skills, training, knowledge and experience gently inform the way the therapeutic relationship develops. Research suggests that a good counselling relationship contributes more than any other element to success in therapy. However, specific skills to treat specific problems are important too.

I am trained to deliver supportive counselling, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques). These versatile therapies can help with a range of issues and difficulties, including trauma. EFT Tapping is particularly good for processing and releasing “stuck emotions” (emotional baggage). I am also an accredited CBT practitioner, able to apply structured CBT protocols for specific kinds of anxiety such as panic disorder, agoraphobia and OCD. Simple trauma can be well treated with EFT Tapping, while complex trauma seems to respond best to Trauma-Focused CBT or EMDR.

While CBT has amassed the most research evidence of effectiveness, newer therapies are catching up. EMDR is now well-supported, and EFT Tapping has been studied in more than 100 research papers. Indirect evidence is also increasing for body-based approaches. For example, brain-imaging studies demonstrate that acupuncture can de-escalate arousal in the primitive but important limbic system of the brain, suggesting a mechanism for the way acupoint tapping therapies can work so powerfully and with minimum distress with even intense emotions. EFT studies on anxiety and disgust show how tapping changes brain activity in emotion centres of the brain.

Since 2005, I have done counselling and psychotherapy with young adults to seniors. I have extensive experience in private practice and have also worked as a clinician for Lifeline, Mission Australia, and CatholicCare. These jobs have broadened my experience to include people with more complex and severe problems. I was born into a migrant family and especially enjoy working with culturally diverse clients.

Christian/spiritual counselling is also available on request.  Otherwise, all approaches are secular, though questions and concerns about meaning and the spiritual dimension of life are never “out of line”.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Honours (University of Canberra)
  • Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
  • PACFA Reg. Provisional 26514 (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)
  • CCAA member (Christian Counsellors Association of Australia)
  • Accredited CBT Practitioner (CBT Institute)