Ailsa Parsons, RDMP MBPsS CPsychol - Psychotherapist and Chartered Psychologist
Hi, I’m Ailsa. I’m a Creative Psychotherapist, Chartered Psychologist and wellbeing coach based in South Manchester & Stockport, Cheshire.
Are you feeling sad, insecure, have relationship or family issues such as separation, divorce, affairs or betrayal? Perhaps you are going through a particularly difficult time with seasonal affective disorder, postnatal depression or perhaps something more longterm such as addiction, major depression or generalised anxiety disorder? Have you been avoiding seeking help for current or historic issues such as emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, PTSD or attachment trauma?
I can wholeheartedly say there is light at the end of the tunnel, with help and support.
I offer Psychological therapy with a difference, implementing the right combination of techniques integrated to suit each client.
It’s very common for new clients to feel unsure about therapy in general, so my number one objective is to make the process easy to understand and put you completely at ease.
A positive, warm and supportive client relationship is at the heart of my work, and I ensure that you, the client, will feel safe and supported throughout.
I have over 8 years professional experience working with individuals and groups using motivation and lifestyle counselling, CBT, creative, mindful and body-oriented methods and Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I am registered and accredited with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (RDMP), which is a member of the Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy college of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).
I am experienced in working with a range of problems and issues including but not limited to:
- Anxiety and panic
- Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Changing habits
- Workplace and career problems
- Confidence & self-esteem
- Relationship and family problems
- Eating disorders/nutrition issues
- Body image
- Obesity/weight management
- Athletic concerns
- Psychotic illness
- Developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger's
- Career dilemmas
- Parenting/caring stress
- Managing family lifestyle
Together we will work towards self-awareness, expression, insight and self-determination, through bespoke therapy that is tailored for each individual. As each person is unique, this is better for clients than a one-size-fits-all approach. This is known as an Integrative, Humanistic orientation to therapy.
By using creativity, mindfulness and body awareness, we can recognise a completely new perspective, uncover powerful insights on your problems, and gain changes in behaviour. Through 'getting to the root' of your own internal mechanisms in this way, you can manage problems effectively now and in future, moving more authentically through life.
You can find out more about me and therapy on my website: https://authenticmoves.co.uk
Some practitioners may promise clients a 'magic bullet' or an external solution to their problems, which may work like a 'crutch' for a short time before the inevitable return of problems. This can feel undermining and disempowering for clients, as they will feel that it was the crutch that helped them and not their own inherent strengths.
Rather than this 'Elastoplast' approach, I will encourage you to develop your own internal awareness as the most important signpost to the future, and address the mechanisms underlying your problems. A client-centred ethos lies at the heart of this way of working, so that you always feel safe and in complete control of the pace, process and focus of the work.
How to get started
Please call, text or email to set up a free consultation. In this consultation we will talk about what difficulties you want to target and what you want to get out of therapy. Then, if you're happy to continue we will set up a second session, and plan to continue weekly/fortnightly or as often as required until you feel ready to finish.
See below for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Exercise Physical Activity and Health
- MSc Psychology (MBPsS)
- MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (RDMP)
- PgCert in Higher Education
- Transdiagnostic CBT for Eating Disorders
- Using CBT in Patient Health Services
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dip. Life Coaching
- FdDip. Personal Nutrition
- Body Memory and the Unconscious
- Body and Movement Approaches for Trauma and Distress
- Assessment Approaches in Psychological Trauma
- Movement Approaches for Trauma/PTSD
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I offer a free 50-minute consultation, assessment and client-therapist agreement prior to beginning work together.
After this, my fees are £50 per ‘50-minute hour’, however some concessions may be available for clients or organisations experiencing financial difficulties - please ask for more information.
What will happen next?
If you phone (please leave a message if I cannot answer), text or email me I aim to get back to you as soon as possible, although I tend to respond to most enquiries on Fridays. From here, we can arrange a suitable time for a free 50minute consultation.
At the consultation we will establish what it is that you feel you need help for, and agree on how we might work together, including how often, how long for, what methods or type of therapy would be most helpful, and what the cost will be. There is no expectation that you will book your first session at this point, instead I will provide you with a client information sheet which will outline what I offer and what you can expect. This is a personal document which is negotiated between us, and does not mean you cannot adjust the details or end therapy when you feel ready to.
If after the consultation and after reading your information sheet, you decide you would like to commence therapy, we will arrange a suitable time to meet and proceed from there. It is usually helpful to meet regularly, weekly if possible, in the beginning.
Face-to-face meetings will take place at my pleasant and confidential therapy room, which is at Cheadle Holistic Therapies (37 Broadway, Cheadle SK8 1LB).
There is also no obligation to book a block of sessions, as treatment can be adjusted according to need, including on an ad-hoc basis for if you just feel that you need some support 'as and when'. You will be invoiced each time we meet, and payment is due within 7 days of the session.
What will happen in the session?
We will start off by settling into the room - you may wish to use the toilet facilities, have a drink of water, hang your coat up, remove your shoes and/or get comfy in the chair or on the floor, depending on your preference.
Then, we will usually establish what the main focus is for you that day or that week - perhaps something in particular has been on your mind in the previous week or for a long time (if it is your first session we would probably discuss things in the longer term as well as recent events). Or perhaps there is something that is very prominent for you on the day. Either way, we will start where it feels important for you to start, and explore the matter by discussing it. We will also establish what your goals, aims or intentions are, and find ways to work towards these.
How we act on these desired changes depends on the nature of the problem and your needs as an individual, but we could use creative or present moment experiencing methods, skill building, making plans or simply uncovering new insight by talking.
We would then usually finish the session by reviewing what we have worked on and perhaps agreeing on some tasks to work on at home. This could be as simple as remembering what we spoke about as you go through your week, writing things down, or performing a new behaviour. We will also agree on the time/date of the next session if continuing, and make sure you feel ready to leave the session.
How long will therapy take? When will I get rid of my issue(s)?
Many people find that they achieve meaningful insight or progress in their situation fairly rapidly, within the first 5 sessions, however this is not the case for everyone. Each situation and individual is very unique, so we will need to adapt therapy to you and your current needs.
Sometimes issues are resolved for a long time and then resurface again later. Clients can forget the progress they made in their thinking and behaviour and this is to be expected. Or, clients can make a lot of progress in one area of their life, before discovering that there is something else they want to work on. Whereas, other clients may resolve a problem, learn a new way of life and never feel the need to resume therapy.
Either way is healthy and normal, so it does not mean you are 'broken' if you relapse with a problem for time to time. Lots of clients benefit from occasional 'top up' sessions every few months, for example.
To find out more about the therapy I offer please visit my website https://authenticmoves.co.uk or get in touch to discuss any queries you may have.
There are no 'silly' questions and I look forward to hearing from you!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday 1pm - 5.30pm Thursday 9am - 4pm Friday 9am - 4pm Saturday 10am-2pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|