Ailsa Clark BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counseĺling MBACP(Accredited)
"Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and starts to sing while it is still dark.” Author unknown.
At times life can be a real struggle and we can feel out of control, confused, lonely or stuck. Perhaps you find yourself in a difficult relationship or you are experiencing pressures at work or at home which have had a detrimental effect on your confidence.
Although talking to someone about your problems can be a daunting prospect I will offer you a respectful, supportive and confidential space in which to explore whatever is concerning you.
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a degree in Integrative Relational Counselling. This means that I draw on a range of theories to support our work together appropriately.
I have experience in working with individuals and young people over 18 with a range of issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, abortion and childhood abuse.
I can offer you a short term contract of between 6-12 weeks to work with a specific problem you might be facing or we can work longer term in order for you to reflect on your life, to take time out and get a perspective on what has happened to you.
I offer support to couples who express dissatisfaction in their relationship evidenced by, a lack of communication, loss of intimacy or emotional closeness, affairs, separation or the possibility of divorce.
My work centers around helping couples to develop a deeper level of communication; encouraging each to express and hear the other's needs, develop ways to resolve conflict and generally to make changes that will support and nurture closeness and growth in their relationship.
I work privately from my home which is on a bus route and 2 minutes from Egham station.
I offer day-time and evening appointments with individual session times of 50 minutes and couple session times of 60 minutes.
As a member of BACP I am bound by their Ethical Framework for 'good practice' in counselling and psychotherapy. This also means that I am in regular clinical supervision and that I continue to participate in personal and professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Transpersonal Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education
- BA (Hons.) Integrative - Relational Counselling - Middlesex University.
- AQA accredited: Advanced Certificate in Counselling - Kingston College
- LifeLine Counselling Certificate - Telephone counsellor, South Africa (similar to Samaritans)
- Certificate in Marital and Family Therapy - South African Institute of Marital and Family Therapy
I worked for 12 years as a volunteer LifeLine counsellor.
During this time at lifeline I was active in:
- telephone counselling
- face-to-face counselling with individuals and couples
- trauma de-briefing e.g. facilitating group processes after hijacking events
- crisis team work e.g. attending people threatening imminent suicide
- co-leading counselling skills, peer counselling, and team building training courses in the corporate field.
I have worked therapeutically with couples and was a lead facilitator on couple enrichment week-ends. During these week-ends couples worked on communication, conflict, anger, spirituality and matters relating to sexual intimacy.
Since 2004 I have worked part time for 'Your Healthcare' providing emotional support to individuals in the community suffering from terminal illness. This work centres around loss and bereavement and also family support.
I participate in regular professional development.
Some of the courses and workshops I have attended in 2011-2015
Working with dreams
Working Systemically in Therapy
Working with the shame process
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Working in the Hear and Now
Working with Erotic Transference
Developing Effective Group Facilitation Workshop
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with:
- shame issues
- childhood issues
My normal fee is £40 per session for individual counselling and £60 for couples. I have
concessions for students - £35.
As well as having a private practice, I also worked as a volunteer counsellor in an N.H.S. doctor's surgery for 4 years.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client