Aquilis Counselling Services
Aquilis is a team of qualified counsellors originally formed to provide counselling to staff at Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. It has gradually expanded over the last 15+ years to provide counselling for the wider community.
Because we have a team, currently 13 of us, we can offer a range of different approaches and have experience in a wide range of issues. At an initial meeting we gather background information and find out what you are looking for and we can then assess together what style of counselling may be suitable for you and when you are available.
We generally have an integrative style which means we weave together a number of counselling theories to proide a flexible approach. Between us we have training in humanistic, psychodynamic, solution focussed, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), TA (transactional analysis), and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and have registered Adoption counsellors. Those trained in hypnotherapy use this integrated with their counselling but not in isolation for weight loss or smoking cessation.
Several of the team have also worked in GP Surgeries and Schools.
We offer counselling supervision.
We also offer counselling for employees of local businesses.
We are based on the site of QA Hospital in the Oasis building which is the Wellness Centre and have counsellors on site 5 days a week and can sometimes offer a Saturday appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
We are all qualified to a minimum of Diploma level and are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The majority of us are accredited or senior accredited members.
Between us we have:
1 x Phd in psychology
13 x Diploma in Counselling
2 x Diploma in Counselling Supervision
br />1 x EMDR Clinician
1 x Diploma in Hypnotherapy
2 x Certificates in Counselling Children & Adolescents
Training in CBT, TA, couple counselling
Member organisations *
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£45 for individuals - 50 minute sessions
£65 for couples - 50 minute sessions
£50 for counselling supervision - 60 minute sessions
Employee counselling is £50 per session - 50 minutes
Fees are still chargeable for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice or non attendance of booked appointments.
Each counsellor is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The majority of us are Accredited or Senior Accredited members.
Individual counsellors also belong to other professional bodies depending on their way of working, e.g. the Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy & Counselling Association, the EMDR Association, the British Psychological Society,
All Counsellors hold their own Indemnity Insurance and all hold Enhanced CRB checks.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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