Aila Richardson BSc(Hons) MBACP Reg
Life events and unresolved issues from our past can sometimes impact negatively on how we live and cope with our lives in the present. As an experienced counsellor, I can offer the opportunity to safely and sensitively explore issues in your life to gain insight and initiate beneficial change.
There are many things that can make you feel that your life has been thrown off course. There may be underlying feelings of anxiety, depression or low self esteem, compounded by life events such as a major loss; a relationship break-up or bereavement for example. This may leave you feeling unbearably sad and unable to cope with the tasks of everyday life. Relationships in general might be difficult; this might be in your personal life or in the workplace environment, which can leave you feeling upset, angry or lonely. As your therapist I will provide a non-judgmental, empathic and supportive space in which you can start to make sense of what is happening, the way you are feeling and see new ways forward.
I trained in an Integrative approach, meaning that three different approaches were combined, (i.e. psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapies), taking compatible aspects of each to make a new approach. The approach is very versatile, so I am able to individually tailor the way that I work with people. Everyone is unique and comes with very different issues, thus my way of being and working with each person is unique also. In therapy, collaboratively, we will explore any issues that you bring to the counselling space; this is always lead by you, the client. Through this exploration, you may find different perspectives with which to view present and past events in your life which enable new positive possibilities for the future to be created.
I have worked in bereavement counselling for six years and spent three years working in the counselling service of a major university, counselling both students and staff who brought a wide range of issues. I have also worked as an independent counsellor.
I have seen and experienced the potential of counselling to change the way that people's lives are lived for the better and increase wellbeing. I regard it as a privilege to be able to offer this opportunity to others.
Areas of Experience
- Bereavement and Loss
- Students and Young people
- Eating disorders
- Employment Issues
- Bullying in the workplace
- Social anxiety
Training, qualifications & experience
- University of the West of England, BSc(Hons) Psychology with Health Science (1st Class)
- University of Wales, Newport, Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- University of Wales, Newport, Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- MBACP (Registered).
Six years with CRUSE bereavement care.
Three years with the University of Southampton Counselling Service
Private practice for 2 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Session of 50 minutes - £40
Initial assessment - no charge
Please phone for an informal chat before deciding if you would like to book an appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I aim to work flexibly to fit around work and family commitments, so I am happy to offer some evening and weekend sessions. Please contact me to ask about current availability.
Types of client