About me

Choosing to engage in therapy is a very personal experience.

I am an integrative therapist which means that I draw on a number of different approaches to best suit the individual client, including Person Centred Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, and Attachment Theory. I have a special interest in working with the Psychodynamic which focuses on long-standing conflicts from the past that helps the client become more self-aware and bring what is unconscious into consciousness.

Drawing on these approaches I aim to create a non-judgmental, safe, collaborative space where you can connect with deeper feelings causing difficulties in your life. My approach is non-prescriptive but designed to help you find your inner resources, discover new ways of living, and make positive changes to enrich your life.

People choose therapy for a variety of reasons, some describe feeling empty or low, perhaps stuck or so full up they can’t breathe –  A feeling of dread or lack of meaning/purpose in life.  Whatever the reason therapy is the first step in beginning to understand why you are feeling this way and what can be done to help.

Talking to a friend or sharing these feelings with someone you know can make things feel a little better but it’s not uncommon to feel like you have to hold back or censor what you say, perhaps when you’ve tried this you haven’t felt genuinely understood or heard,  this is where therapy is different.

So how can psychotherapy help you in this way? How can you change what is not working for you? Can talking to a therapist really make you feel better? 

These are natural questions to ask when you are thinking of embarking on a process that requires a leap of faith to start. Change occurs when you trust the process of therapy, the aim of really knowing and understanding yourself leads to a better 'sense' of yourself, knowing what 'feels right' for you allows you to make choices and decisions with your eyes open. Being more connected to your feelings affords you the chance to experience an authentic,  truer sense of self. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma Level 4 in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a BA [Hons] Degree in Fine Art,  and work with clients creatively that wish to explore themselves and their experiences in a fluid way.

I worked with the NHS in a prison setting during Covid-19  helping clients come to terms with trauma & ruptures in their family,  child loss and bereavement. I have also supported clients within a west London agency over a two year period who have come to therapy perhaps fort the first time not knowing what to expect.

I am invested in my development as an individual as well as a counsellor, therefore I regularly attend training courses and workshops as a part of my Continual Professional Development training.

I am a member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP and have a Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative counselling. I also hold a level 2/3 certificate in Counselling skills issued by CPCAB.

I am fully qualified to work online and do so by client choice and in times where it is not possible to work face to face.

Online Qualification Awarded by the BACP and Open University.

C19OT_1 Working online Coronavirus primer.

 Face to face counselling is provided in Twickenham where I am a registered member of the BACP [British association of counsellors and psychotherapists]

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a qualified parent group leader on the Nurturing programme which focuses on developing healthy relationships between parents and children in conjunction with Surrey Family Links. 

During Covid-19 I worked with women in prison for the Prison and Advice Care Trust & Surrey Probation service where I was awarded a certificate for honourable service and dedication. This lead me onto working directly with the NHS in HMP Bronzefield for Choice for Change, a Counselling agency that works with Women who have experienced child-loss in varied and different ways.  

https://youinmind.uk/

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Fees

From £55.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation on the phone where we both get the chance to talk to one another and you can bring in any questions you feel you would like to ask/issues you would like to explore in therapy.

After this, should you choose to book some sessions, we can then discuss availability and future options.

Therapy online is £55 for 50 minutes

Face to face is £70 for 50 mins

I believe that therapy should be accessible to all therefore I have a few low cost spaces available , please do get in touch if you are a lower cost wage or experiencing financial difficulties.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Availability changes so its best to call with some suggested times/days and we can look at the options that are currently available.

Further information

Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Both terms are often used interchangeably as both overlap due to the use of similar modalities. However, counselling usually refers to short-term work aiming at targeting a specific goal bereavement being one example. Psychotherapy is generally a long-term process allowing deeper and wider reflective work. One format is not better than the other. It’s what works for you that matters the most. Both can be very powerful and a life-changing experience.

 "A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.” 

 -Carl R. Rogers 

Twickenham
Richmond
TW2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Online platforms

Zoom
Ailsa Hotson

Ailsa Hotson