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UKCP registered, MBACP

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

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£75.00 per session

Additional information

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.

When I work

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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

Type of session

In person
Online

Supervision

In person
Online

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

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Aileen McDonald

Aileen McDonald