Aileen George MBACP (Accred)
My belief is that if a person has a problem, they also have the answer.
My interest in counselling probably began from my own life struggles and the realisation that talking alleviated some of the feelings and helped to provide some clarity. Working with many clients over the years has reinforced my belief in the power of talking. Instead of keeping everything inside, talking allows us to externalise issues that are bothering us. It’s only possible to talk honestly and openly when the relationship is accepting and non-judgemental as we can then describe the issue more fully. When our issues are externalised through talking we are able to create just enough distance for a moment to observe the issue from all angles. We shift from perhaps feeling that we are the issue (or are stuck with the issue) to greater clarity of things we can and cannot change. This clarity offers us hope that we can make some changes or it can help us identify what we might need in accepting the things we can’t change.
A counsellor will likely notice things you might not as you describe the issue. The purpose of counselling is to help you increase your awareness. Knowledge is power and the more we can know about ourselves in relation to our issues, the more empowered and hopeful we feel (rather than feeling helpless, hopeless and stuck).
If we aren’t able to externalise our issues they can feel overwhelming and create profound unhappiness. This can manifest in depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties or even physical illness. These are often reasons people seek help from a counsellor.
I offer a confidential service, to help clients who are experiencing a range of issues, such as: Anger, Bereavement, Loss, Anxiety, Stress, Burn-Out, Trauma, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Workplace Issues, Relationship Problems and Past Issues that are affecting day to day life. Counselling is an effective means of help and can help clients feel more positive and able to engage with life again.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (University of Highlands & Islands)
Diploma in Sex Addiction ISAT (Institute for Sex Addiction Training)
Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Napier University)
Accreditation with BACP
Accreditation with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Training with StopSo (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending)
Registered with ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity)
Counselling in Private Practice (including within GP practices)
Counselling through clients' private health insurance/workplace employee programmes
Supervision of qualified and trainee counsellors
Counselling, Supervision & Training for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Provision of Training:
- Workshops - Continuing Professional Development for counsellors
- SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) - Safe to Say
- St Michael's Hospice - Basingstoke
- Hampshire Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Cruse Bereavement Care
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.
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.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
The Association for Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) is the leading UK organisation providing hope, information, support, and treatment options for those affected by sexual addiction and compulsivity.
ATSAC sets standards of practice for qualified therapists and provides accreditation for specialist training courses. A therapist who has gone through ATSAC recognised training will have the knowledge to respect and work with you sensitively to find out how best to support your needs.
Therapy options may include one-to-one sessions, group work, and/or relationship counselling. ATSAC is a not-for-profit organisation.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions (60 minutes) - £60.00 (Individuals)
Supervision (1 1/2 hours) - £75.00 (Trainee Counsellor Rate - £60.00)
"I no longer feel near breaking point.....It's been amazing, life changing."
"Aileen has helped me in working with some very sensitive issues. Her compassionate and respectful approach, together with her clear thinking, depth of professional experience and her high ethical standards, all combined to create a space in which I have felt able to work deeply and honestly in complete safety."
"I received counselling from Aileen George, after a recent bereavement. I found her to be incredibly empathetic. She was also gently directive and compassionately insightful in uncovering issues I needed to work on. I was fully supported during this process which led me to feel empowered, capable and in control of my own life. I was then able to move through the process of grief with acceptance and meaning"