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Aileen McDonald, UKCP registered, MBACP

London SW3 & SW6 Registered / Accredited

About me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

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.

Further information

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).

36-38 Kings Road
Chelsea
London
SW3 4UD

Thrive@SW6
585A Fulham Road
London
SW6 5UA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Supervision

I offer individual supervision for therapists in training as well as qualified therapists.

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Aileen McDonald, UKCP registered, MBACP

Aileen McDonald, UKCP registered, MBACP