Aileen McDonald, UKCP registered, MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and I use a variety of approaches, based on many years training and experience of different types of therapy. I integrate mindfulness techniques with more traditional talking therapies as I believe this taps into our inner wisdom – to find resources that we may not be aware of, to manage our emotions, to heal ourselves and generally to create more satisfying and fulfilling lives.
I was a lawyer and manager for many years before training to be a therapist and I bring to my work an awareness of the challenges associated with a corporate environment and my own experience of counselling and psychotherapy.
Although I work with a variety of people with different issues, I have a particular interest in working with people who are suffering from anxiety, stress, are experiencing difficulties with relationships at work or in their personal life, have low-self-esteem and/or who have experienced bullying now at some point in their earlier life, the impact of which on one's well-being can be under-estimated.
I am also interested in working with people who have experienced trauma. In the last 20 years, developments in neuroscience have given a far greater understanding of the psychological and physiological processes involved and newer ways of working have developed that more directly impact the bodily and emotional legacy of trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy addresses the effects of trauma on the nervous system and body without the need to use touch. Mindfulness techniques help to resolve trauma-related body responses before processing emotional responses and meaning-making.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed the Oxford Cambridge and RSA certificate in Counselling Skills in 2005 and am a graduate of Spectrum's Psychotherapy training programme.
I am an accredited psychotherapist and am registered with the UKCP.
I have also completed the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s training for the treatment of Trauma, their Advanced training for more complex issues and their training for Developmental Trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a cutting-edge, mindfulness-based psychotherapy for trauma, based on the latest research and neuroscience.
I have attended a supervisor training at CSTD.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their Professional Conduct procedure.
I previously worked at Hammersmith & Fulham MIND as a volunteer counsellor and then as an assessor, for 5 years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I work from two locations - Sloane Square in Chelsea and Fulham.
My normal fee for the initial session and for weekly 50 minute sessions is £75 . A lower fee may be negotiable for those on lower incomes.
Payment is by either cash or cheque or bank transfer.
I offer short-term and longer-term therapy. The first step is to have an initial session, during or after which we will decide whether to work together. (You may want to go away and think about this before making a decision).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
I offer individual supervision for therapists in training as well as qualified therapists.View supervision profile