ANGELA KOIVULA, PH.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Owner
Hello, I'm Angela. Licensed Psychologist, Current Resident of Gainesville, FL and Owner of Affirmative Counseling and Psychologist Services, LLC. Welcome to my practice!
To me, therapy is a sacred and unique space where change is not just possible, it is inevitable. I am grateful and fortunate to be able to walk with my clients through some of the most exciting and heart breaking life experiences that humble me as a human being. My approach to therapy is best described as collaborative and relational with attention to viewing adults through an attachment lens. I am an advocate of inclusivity and social justice with a particular interest in working with clients of diverse identities addressing the intersectionality of gender, race and sexuality. You will find I am both warm and engaged in the therapy process, bringing my full, authentic self into this relationship.
I was trained at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where I completed my Masters and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I maintain an active license as Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. I have completed training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples including both the required Externship and Core Skills in 2019 and I am actively working toward certification by receiving ongoing supervision. I have also completed training and consultation in EMDR and working on certification in this specialty area with a local supervisor. I also am an adjunct instructor at the University of Florida in their Counselor Education Department teaching a course on Counseling LGBTQ+ Persons.
I have a particular interest in adults and older teens who are navigating major life transitions, histories of trauma and resulting loneliness. This includes those persons who identify as non-straight along and outside the continuum of LGBTQ+ as well as persons of color navigating their professional and personal selves while managing oppressive environments and experiences. A big part of my practice also includes relationship work. Most importantly I care about the therapist-client connection and the comfort you feel in the therapy space.
In my free time I am a health and fitness junkie spending time on the Alachua Trail on my bike, in neighboring pools getting in laps or running the streets of Gainesville on foot. When the Florida rains hit I enjoy the comforts of a good book, movies and the sounds of my favorite musical artists.
WHO WE ARE
Acceptance, Inclusivity, Authenticity, Connection
Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Services, LLC is a Black, Queer, Woman Owned Mental Health Private Practice that provides counseling and psychological services to clients throughout the state of Florida. Under the gaze of social justice, inclusivity and authenticity we hope to meet each individual at their present places of struggle, distress, and/or pain in addition to celebrating in their successes and triumphs as they embrace the constant change of life's many mysteries.
We offer services to all individuals though specialize in working with Queer, Black and POC populations around issues such as identity development including intersectionality of identity and other parts of self, relationship challenges, work-life balance and career struggles, as well as healing from trauma. We recognize that these issues often manifest with symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, sleep issues, and poor relationships with food, all areas that we assist individuals in understanding better, coping with, and managing in positive ways. Our primary goal is to discuss ways in which a person is feeling limited in their current place in life and help them get to a place where they feel they can thrive and be their best selves.
Though located in Gainesville, FL our client base is state-wide serving clients throughout Florida via Telehealth.
If you feel we are the right fit for you and your concerns please call to schedule an appointment. Not sure? Check out our available services to learn more.