Heather Ainscough BA/BSc/PG Dip Person centred Therapy/ MBACP
I am a qualified psychotherapist, and have been working as a psychotherapist for 13 years. I have experience of working with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties. I work in a relational and integrative way, although my approach is one that holds to a Person Centred perspective. I have a long standing interest and practice in mindfulness meditation. I have also had additional training in trauma related practice, Embodied Relational Therapy, Polyvagal (nervous system) and in Somatic Experiencing.
My aim is to help you to make sense of difficulties or problems that you choose to bring to sessions. These may be immediate concerns, related to self-perception, to work, relationships, or social issues, or they may relate to historical events which you feel a need to re-examine, they may overlap.
The length of time needed to resolve issues vary from a few weeks to open-ended therapy. It is generally the case that at 6 weeks it is clear how to proceed and how to plan for work in the future. From here we can work in a open ended way reviewing regularly.
I currently work in private practice from a therapy room in Hebden Bridge and from a private space adjoining my home in Todmorden.
I work with a range of issues and these include;
- Relationship issues
- Issues arising out of Abortion
- Family issues
- Body dysmorphic condition
- issues connected to adoption
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked as a Residential Social Worker (working with children) during the 1980's after which I completed my degree in Women Studies and Mental Health (1990).
Alongside my studies I trained and worked as a volunteer counselor at Care-line, at Women's Refuge and also worked with homeless young people, I then went on to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2006.
I worked as a volunteer counselor at Sure start for 5 years and have been in private practice since 2006. I work from a quiet and tranquil room in my garden at home and also from a private therapy room in Hebden Bridge.
I have a long term interest and practice in mindfulness and meditation. Additional training includes Polyvagal nervous system awareness and Somatic Experiencing.
As a member of the BACP I work within their ethical framework and aim to provide a highly ethical practice. With this in mind I also have regular supervision and continue to participate in training to remain attentive to my practice.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, childhood issues, bereavement, abortion, postnatal depression, sexual/emotional abuse, trauma, depression, eating disorders, domestic violence and relationship issues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- 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
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Standard Counselling fees are £45. However reduced rates can be arranged and suited to fit individual life circumstances.
I offer reduced rates for students working towards counselling qualifications.
Therapy can be short or long term, this can be discussed at the outset and revisited.
It is generally the case that at 6 weeks it is possible to assess how to proceed, wether enough work has already been done, or to plan for work in the future. For that reason I like to have a review at 6 weeks. If we decide to continue after this point then we can work in a open ended way with regular reviews.
You can end the sessions whenever you feel ready, however if possible I would l prefer to set the closing session's date together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work from Todmorden Monday and Friday and from Hebden Bridge Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Types of client