Relationship Counselling

Based in Great Shelford, Cambridge

Angela Niblett

BA, PDPsych, MBPsS, MBACP (Accredited)

Relationship Counselling Cambridge offers a way to develop insight and self-knowledge of yourself and your partner, and the possibility of improving close relationships. The therapeutic space I provide enables clients to feel safe enough to engage with reflexive thoughts on their experiences, and a secure base for their emotional worlds to be explored, thus moving toward realistic attitudes towards the future.

As well as an undergraduate degree in psychology, I have specialist postgraduate training in psychology and relationship therapy. I have nearly 20 years of experience working with couples and individuals, in my private practice and also with Relate Cambridge, where I was Supervisor of Clinical Practice for 4 years.

I charge £70 for each session of one hour, and payment may be made online, or by card in my counselling room. I am happy to see individuals or couples, over the age of 18.

I am a registered Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and bound by their Ethical Frameworks.

Please contact me by telephone or email if you feel I can be of assistance to you.

Tel: 07941 483 152 or 01223 560225. Email:

Relationship Counselling

My approach to counselling is integrative, using psychodynamic principles which focus on the individual, within systemic concepts of the effects of the wider social and cultural environment. I have also undertaken training in CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) and find some of these techniques can be very helpful.

What is Relationship Counselling?

Most adults look for a committed relationship to grow and develop, and share the journey of life with a loved and trusted companion. Relationship counselling recognizes that whilst reaching out for a committed relationship, many people find them very difficult to achieve, but examining the interactions and balance between the partners can lead to insights to resolve difficult issues and lead to positive, creative outcomes.

Sometimes it can be more comfortable to engage with issues on an individual basis, and I am happy to see couples or individuals.

If a decision is made to end the relationship, counselling can support both individuals to minimize hurt and enable effective continuing roles to be adopted, which is particularly important when children are involved.

When Can it Help?

During a long relationship, a series of important decisions and turning points are likely to be confronted. For example, is 'marriage' necessary (which might mean different things to each partner), deciding whether or when to have children, adjusting to pregnancy and children, health or work-related issues, boredom and attraction to other people, sexual issues, and problems of ageing. These issues and the possible conflicts they might create can be examined in a safe, confidential environment and the meanings behind each perspective can be explored, offering the possibility of growth and the ability to compromise.

If communication is difficult, issues can become a constant round of unresolved arguments: in counselling, we can explore the arguments and look for reasons and ways to resolve them.

What Benefits can be Expected?

Counselling helps you take time out from your situation and engage with underlying issues which may be creating unhelpful patterns of interaction. Talking about beliefs and ways of being developed from childhood and adolescence experiences may enable you to think about what you can do to change your situation for the better. Some expected benefits can be:

  • Improved communication
  • Awareness of others needs
  • Anger management skills
  • Ability to negotiate satisfactory decisions together
  • Improved sexual relationship
  • If the relationship ends, develop insight into each partner's input to the situation, offering the opportunity of not developing the same problems in future relationships


I am now focusing on seeing clients in my private practice, which I have been running for nineteen years.

I was the Supervisor of Clinical Practice at Cambridge Relate from September 2005 to October 2009. I have experience of counselling at an alcohol harm minimization agency, and have also taught psychology and counselling at the Cambridge Regional College and Hills Road Sixth Form College.

My qualifications are:

  • Relate Supervision Certificate (June 2006)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Couple Therapy (June 2004) (awarded by the University of East London/Relate)
  • AQA Advanced Diploma in Counselling (June 2004)
  • Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Therapy ((2004)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (1997) (awarded by Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
  • BA Psychology 1996 (Macquarie University)

I am a registered graduate member of the British Psychological Society and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am bound by their Ethical Frameworks, and subject to their professional conduct procedures.

Get in touch

Please contact me by telephone or email if you feel I can be of assistance to you.

All enquiries are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to come with a partner?

No. Relationship counselling deals with the present, past and future relationships and I see couples and individuals over 18, whatever their gender, race, sexual orientation or marital status.

How many sessions will there be?

In general, a baseline of six sessions is a good guideline. The first session is more of an assessment when background information will be taken, and the reasons for seeking counselling will be discussed. If you feel comfortable with the process, the same day and time will be available for you to attend each week. During the sixth session, we will look at what has been achieved and where you feel you are with the process: sometimes the six sessions are sufficient, sometimes more sessions seem a good idea. No pressure will be exerted: it is for you to decide whether to continue further.

How much does the counselling cost?

I charge £70 for each session of one hour, which can be paid online or I have card facilities in my counselling room.

Who will know about what is said in the sessions?

The sessions are completely confidential, and nothing is revealed without your specific consent. All notes of the sessions are held without identifying information, and all files are kept in a locked cabinet. All counsellors have supervisors to discuss cases, but names are never used. However, breaching confidentiality would be considered if I felt there was a danger of harm coming to you or someone else, particularly a child.

Do you supervise counsellors outside Relate?

Yes, I am happy to supervise counsellors privately. I also have experience in leading supervision groups and would be happy to discuss forming a supervision group of private counsellors.

I charge 50 pounds for one hour's supervision, with a reduced rate of 45 pounds for trainee counsellors.

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