Terri Ainley BSc(Hons)psych., PGDip, MBACP, MBPsS

Terri Ainley BSc(Hons)psych., PGDip, MBACP, MBPsS

The Garden Room
West Mains Bungalow
Near Collin
Dumfries And Galloway

07510 540 923

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The Garden Room
West Mains Bungalow
Near Collin
Dumfries And Galloway

07510 540 923

About me

Specialist in Relationship Counselling, Couple Therapy, Family Counselling, I also offer General Counselling for a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety and worry, bereavement, low mood and feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, and stress.

Relationship counselling can be for individuals, as well as couples and groups of family members, or even friends and work colleagues who are finding it difficult to get along - and you can choose to attend on your own or with your partner/family.

Training, qualifications & experience


BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate)
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy (Relate)
Family Counselling Conversion Course (Relate)

BACP Register - Certificate number 045904
MBACP - Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
MBPsS - Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Continuing Professional Development - Courses undertaken:
Domestic violence and abuse - Awareness and safety
Domestic violence and abuse - Assessment and intervention
Mental health and couples counselling
Adult survivors of sexual abuse
The use of supervision and ethics
Short-term couples counselling
Working systemically across different contexts
Active techniques
Domestic violence and abuse - Individual structured interview
Working with affairs
Time-limited therapy
Initial consultation and assessment
Supporting parents of children with additional needs
Technology and relationships
Telephone counselling - working with individuals and couples
The victimology of rape and domestic abuse
Working with male victims of domestic violence and abuse
Parents and children
Cabinet Office/Ministry of Defence - Protecting information
Military veterans awareness
Record-keeping, confidentiality and disclosure
OCTIA Conference 2014 - Counselling Safely Online
BACP Ethical Framework consultation seminars
Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
The Science of Happiness

I also frequently undertake less formal CPD to expand my knowledge and skills - such as reading journals and watching webcasts - to ensure my practice is up to date.

I established my private counselling practice when I moved to Dumfries in 2013.  I previously lived in Durham in the north east of England, where I was a counsellor and couples therapist with Relate for 8 years. I was also a Relate trainer, delivering workshops to members of the public, professionals and volunteers. (Relate was previously known as the Marriage Guidance Council and is the largest provider of relationship support in England).

While I am a specialist in working with relationship issues, having my own practice has given me the opportunity to use my skills and experience with a wider range of clients - from employees who access counselling through their employers' assistance program, to elderly and disabled people who I can visit in their own homes if they are unable to travel.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In-laws - conflicts and interference/criticism from relatives and friends.
Attachment issues.
Retirement, and other major life changes such as children leaving home.
Identity (e.g. people regaining their identity after bringing up their family).
Communication including arguing and not speaking.
Power and control issues in relationships.
Impact of financial issues and debt on relationships.
Impact of OCD, ADHD, eating disorders and phobias on relationships.
Impact of mental health on relationships.
Living with disability, and chronic and terminal illness.
Impact of disability, and chronic and terminal illness on relationships.
Work issues including: stress; shifts; working away; unemployment, career change: relationships with colleagues.
Impact of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other addictions on relationships
Moving on from a relationship that has ended.
Being single; dating and finding love; loneliness.
Learning from past relationships; getting out of the cycle of unhealthy relationships.
Adult survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse.
Adult survivors of childhood and adult domestic violence/abuse, and neglect.

I have a particular interest in working with:
People who live with disabilities, chronic illness, and pain management issues.
Military personnel and veterans.
People who are experiencing difficulties at work.


£40.00 for a 90 minute session (face-to-face and Webcam rate).

£40.00 plus cost of call for a 50 minute phone session.

I offer webcam sessions for individuals and couples.

I can arrange a home-visit if you are elderly or disabled and would find it difficult to travel to my premises.

I also run a reduced-fee waiting list, so that people who cannot afford my full fee can access counselling and therapy.

Please phone me for a free, no obligation chat about the counselling and therapy I offer.

Further information

You will have your sessions in The Garden Room - a modern, comfortable and private counselling suite in a tranquil location, where you can relax and feel safe to talk about your difficulties and intimate problems. Accessibility: ground floor with a single 2 inch step. Refreshments provided. Toilet facilities available.

Maps & Directions

Dumfries, DG1 4JW

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Appointments Mon-Sat, 10am to 6pm (later appointments may be available if you would find it difficult to attend during these times). Phone answered Mon-Sat, 9.30am to 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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