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Ailis Martin, Registered MBACP,BA(hons), DIP Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4
07565 629857 07565 629857

About me

I am a professional counsellor with experience of working with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse and relationship issues. Emotional difficulties can often leave us feeling confused, conflicted, lonely and lost. I believe as a humanistic counsellor that we all have the inner strength to change these difficult aspects of our lives. I provide a professional and confidential one to one counselling service. This service is both short or long term work depending on your needs, in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment for adults and adolescents. I offer all my clients empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard.

Therapy is an opportunity for you to explore new coping strategies, make choices about change and develop a deeper awareness and better understanding of self. I believe the key to successful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. Taking that first step can feel daunting, but I am a warm caring person and offer compassionate support to my clients, my aim as your counsellor is to be alongside you throughout your counselling journey.

The core of my work is rooted in the Humanistic Counselling Model and additionally, I may also draw upon a variety of therapy models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), that are appropriate to the work I will be doing with you. I work in a collaborative manner with an open and respectful demeanour, creating a safe space for you to express yourself openly in order to grow, heal and regain control over your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

In addition to my private practice, I have worked in different charity services, counselling young children. As well, in adult mental health for two years covering a wide range of issues. Currently, I am counselling students at a local university.

As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I work in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Practice.

My qualifications:

  • BA(Hons) in humanistic Counselling
  • DipHE Humanistic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills

Additional training and workshops I have attended:

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Expressive Arts Experimental Workshop
  • Understanding Drug and Alcohol Misuse
  • Counselling children and young people with Depression
  • Domestic abuse awareness
  • Safeguarding workshop

Member organisations


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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

An initial first appointment is a chance to explore what you would want from counselling and how together we could work towards that. Anything you wish to discuss will be handled with sensitivity and in complete confidence. I will additionally do the counselling contracts if you wish to work with me.

If you are unsure whether or not to continue with therapy, you are under no obligation to continue beyond the initial appointment.

Fees thereafter:

I offer day and evening appointments, this would have to be discussed at the initial meeting.

Individuals Counselling - £45 per 50- minute session

I am happy to offer a free telephone consultation to discuss any questions you may have or if you would like further information, please get in touch via my contact form at the top of my profile.


Further information

I hold full Liability and Indemnity Insurance and an enhanced DBS Certificate.

My Private Practice is based Osbourne Road in Southsea.


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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.

Ailis Martin, Registered  MBACP,BA(hons), DIP Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Ailis Martin, Registered MBACP,BA(hons), DIP Counsellor & Psychotherapist