Angela A. Watkins
Psychologist, Counsellor, Practice Director
Having worked in corporate life for 20+ Angela is familiar with the stresses and strains of work and family life in Hong Kong. Angela started her career as a psychologist and educator. She was attracted into work for corporates for many years, and has recently returned to her psychologist roots, and opened RED DOOR, an English medium psychology and counselling practice operating in Hong Kong and focusing on the needs of children, adolescents, families and adults.
Angela holds a Master of Arts in Education (Child Psychology from the University of Auckland) and a Master of Counselling degree (from Monash University). Her current clinical work focuses on adults in the areas of, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, loss of direction, burnout, relationship and family challenges, OCD, and parenting special needs children.
In therapy Angela uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in collaboration with the strengths model, positive psychology, systemic techniques and art therapy techniques. Each client is unique and hence the journey and techniques are adapted to enhance your feelings of confidence in facing challenges in your life.
At RED DOOR Angela sees clients on a 1-2-1 basis as well as runs our courses on self esteem and wellbeing.
Angela’s recent clients have said the following about their experience of her as a therapist:
“Angela has the hallmarks of great counsellors – she’s patient, compassionate and insightful. What makes her different is her pragmatism – she was deeply committed to helping me move forward, to help me – in effect – overcome myself. She gave me practical exercises that have had a real impact in helping me change my perspective, and helping me gain confidence that I could help myself. I can continue to work with the tools she’s taught me, no matter what challenges I may face. Her results-oriented approach made a huge difference to me, and I especially appreciate her since I had previously spent lots of time (and money) ineffectively talking round and round my issues and my past with other counsellors.”
“As a single mother of a young child, I sought Angela’s help to deal with a difficult relationship with the father. I found I was becoming increasing overwhelmed. Angela helped to retrain my thought process and helped making big decisions more manageable so they no longer felt colossal. That ended the emotional snowball experience. Angela helped address some of my relationships from the past so that I became more aware of how they affect my relationships now. She gave me the tools to stop repeating choices that were not benefiting me. She also helped me explore areas of personal growth which helped re-establish my confidence in myself again.”
“Angela’s personable and down to earth nature makes her very easy to open up to. She has fantastic knowledge and skills to guide you through issues. Her sense of humour is a light relief and reassuring – I found it stabilized me after revisiting painful memories. It felt extremely cathartic to have a belly laugh during therapy.”
“Angela played a crucial role in helping me find different ways to navigate through the difficulties of negotiating visitation and access to my daughter for her father. Angela has a pleasant way to challenge the way you address issues, in a consultative manner which resulted in more diverse problem solving process helping expand my options and provide new ideas. Her straight forward approach was a style that suited me. As a result I was able to identify what really mattered and pick my battles with my ex more wisely. Thank you Angela for your advice and continued support.”