Angela Shanly

Clinical Psychologist working with Adults and Children | Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist | Systemic Individual, Couple and Family Therapist | Systemic Clinical Supervisor. 

I was born in New Zealand and did a BA in Psychology at the University of Auckland.   I trained on the Oxford Clinical Psychology Training Course from 1988-1991, and with the Oxford Family Institute and Oxford Brookes University as a Family Therapist from 1996-1998. I trained as a Systemic Supervisor at the Tavistock Clinic from 2007-2009.  I have been employed in the NHS for almost 30 years. 

I have worked in a range of specialist areas including Adult Addictions, Adult Mental Health and   Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS).  I have considerable experience in Fostering and Adoption services as well as working with problems such as anxiety, depression, school refusal and trauma.    In recent years I have worked in Children’s and Adult Psychological Medicine services at the John Radcliffe Hospital and currently provide Systemic Family Therapy within the Children’s Hospital, for children with physical health problems and their families.

 I am able to work with Children, Young People and their families affected by the following types of difficulties:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Depression
  • Less severe eating problems
  • Bullying
  • Anger
  • School refusal and school anxiety
  • Sibling conflict
  • Self-Harm
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • The  effects of parental separation and divorce.
  • Family issues resulting from ASD or ADHD
  • Family issues resulting from learning disabilities

I work with adults, couples and families affected by the following conditions or issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Bereavement
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Stress
  • Less severe eating problems
  • PTSD/trauma
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Addiction problems
  • Work-related stress
  • Complex decision making
  • Work and career dilemmas

Clinical Psychology:

Clinical Psychologists have a Degree in Psychology and a three year Clinical Training.  Psychologists are trained to combine an understanding of child and adult life-span development with an understanding of cognitive, behavioural and emotional factors in healthy development. They are trained in at least two treatment models, and are able to integrate models and therapeutic approaches to suit the client. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This approach is with individuals, and looks at problems through the lenses of thoughts, feelings and behaviour.  It helps identify what core beliefs have led to the development of problems, and what unhelpful thinking patterns maintain them.  ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) focuses on mindfulness and values whilst paying respectful attention to feelings and is a more contemporary development of cognitive-behavioural therapy. CBT sessions are usually spaced weekly and might require 6-12 sessions or more depending on the severity and how long the problem has been around. 

Family Therapy:

Systemic Family therapists have a core mental health training, and then do a 4 year training culminating in a Masters degree in Family Therapy.  They are trained to consider

  • Family structures and history,
  • Generational patterns,
  • A range of  approaches to helping change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and communication
  • Multiple perspectives of family members, 
  • Issues of gender, culture, religious beliefs, and many other areas of identify and difference
  • How to support families to explore the many aspects of their experience, and to move towards a more satisfactory way of relating.

Because of the breadth of my experience with both adults and children, and with couples and families, I am able to work with a range of presenting problems whether it is an adult or a child who is presenting in a distressed or distressing way or a relationship or family problem.    A non-blaming approach is taken to identifying the impact of problems on all family members, and how to move in a direction which is more comfortable for everyone. This means, exploring the views and ideas of all family members, if possible, as to how the problems have evolved, and how to reach a more satisfactory place for the whole family.  I can also offer the benefit of expertise in the effects of particular developmental and mental health difficulties on families.


I offer couples therapy for any of the following issues, at any stage of the relationship:

  • Dealing with severe life stressors such as bereavement, change in work for one or both partners, decisions about where to live, affairs and other issues.
  • One partner is suffering with a mental health or physical health condition which impacts on the couple relationship.
  • Relationship crises where there is a question of whether to stay together or separate
  • Unhappiness with the relationship means there is a desire to reflect together about how to improve the quality of the relationship
  • Separated parents wish to address co-parenting issues:  this would often be combined with family sessions.

It is very common for one member of the couple to want to attend more than the other.  In this situation, sometimes one person may attend alone initially.  When the other person is prepared to come, the therapist will focus on the views and perspectives of both.  The aim of the therapist is to create an equal relationship with both partners. The therapist’s goal is to help both individuals and the relationship, or to support the couple to gain clarity about whether they wish to continue the relationship, or how to co-parent successfully after separation.  

Frequency of Sessions: As a general rule, systemic approaches do not require weekly sessions.  Couple sessions might initially be weekly and then fortnightly.  Family Sessions are usually scheduled 2-4 weeks apart.  However, it is helpful to schedule 90 minute sessions for Family Sessions, though not essential.

Young Children are most effectively helped through Parents only, Parents and Child, or Family sessions. Children from the age of 11 may benefit from a combination of individual, and Parent/Child or Family Sessions.

I am Professionally Registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and the UKCP (United Kingdom Counselling and Psychotherapy), and work within their Ethical Guidelines and Requirements.  I am also a Registered BUPA   Mental Health Care Provider.


Individual Sessions :  ( Adult or 1 parent or child,  1 hour) : £80.00 ( 1.5 hours, £110.00)   

Couples Sessions  (1 hour) :  £100.00  ( 1.5 hours, £130.00) 

Parents, Child+ Parent or Family Sessions (1 hour):    £100.00   (1.5 hours, £130.00)

Please let me know if you are unable to pay the full charge and we can discuss a Concession rate.   

I work at Iffley Turn Practice on Thursday and Saturday mornings

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I look forward to hearing from you!