Ailsa Clark BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counseĺlor MBACP(Accredited)
"Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and starts to sing while it is still dark.” Author unknown.
At times life can be a real struggle and we can feel out of control, confused, lonely or stuck. Perhaps you find yourself in a difficult relationship or you are experiencing pressures at work or at home which have had a detrimental effect on your confidence.
Although talking to someone about your problems can be a daunting prospect I will offer you a respectful, supportive and confidential space in which to explore whatever is concerning you.
I am a qualified Psycho-therapeutic Counsellor with a degree in Integrative Relational Counselling. This means that I draw on a range of theories to support our work together appropriately.
I work with adults over the age of 18 and have experience in dealing with a range of issues such as: relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, abuse, abortion and childhood abuse.
I offer short term counselling in order to work with a specific problem you might be facing or long term counselling in order for you to reflect upon your life and what has happened to you in the past and how this might impact upon your present relationships.
I offer support to couples who,
*express dissatisfaction in their relationship evidenced by:
a lack of communication, loss of intimacy or emotional closeness, affairs, separation or the possibility of divorce.
* are experiencing domestic violence
My work centres around helping couples to develop a deeper level of communication; encouraging each to express and hear the other's needs, develop ways to resolve conflict and generally to make changes that will support and nurture closeness and growth in their relationship.
I work privately from a room in my home in Beverley.
I offer day-time and evening appointments with individual session times of 60 minutes and couple session times of 60 or 75 minutes.
As a member of BACP I am bound by their Ethical Framework for 'good practice' in counselling and psychotherapy. This also means that I am in regular clinical supervision and that I continue to participate in personal and professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Grad Certificate in Transpersonal Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education
- BA (Hons.) Integrative - Relational Counselling - Middlesex University.
- AQA accredited: Advanced Certificate in Counselling - Kingston College
- LifeLine Counselling Certificate - Telephone counsellor, South Africa (similar to Samaritans)
- Certificate in Marital and Family Therapy - South African Institute of Marital and Family Therapy
I worked as a volunteer counsellor in an NHS doctors surgery in Surbiton for 3 years and I also worked for 12 years as a volunteer LifeLine counsellor doing:
- telephone counselling
- face-to-face counselling with individuals and couples
- trauma de-briefing
- crisis team work e.g. attending people threatening suicide
- co-leading counselling skills, peer counselling, and team building training courses in the corporate field.
I have worked therapeutically with couples and was a lead facilitator on couple enrichment week-ends. During these week-ends couples worked on communication, conflict, anger, spirituality and matters relating to sexual intimacy.
For a number of years I worked part time for 'Your Healthcare' providing emotional support to individuals in the community suffering from terminal illness. This work centred around loss and bereavement both for the patient and their families.
I continue to enjoy updating my skills by attending various workshops and courses.
Some of the courses and workshops I have attended:
Working with dreams
Working with the shame process
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Working in the Hear and Now
Working with Erotic Transference
Developing Effective Group Facilitation Workshop
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with:
- shame issues
- childhood issues
Individuals £40 for 60 minutes
Couples £50 for 60 minutes or £60 for 75 minutes
Student concession £35 for 60 minutes
Concessions offered for
As well as having a private practice, I also worked as a volunteer counsellor in an N.H.S. doctor's surgery for 4 years.