Heather Ainscough

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BA/BSc/PG Dip Person centred Therapy/ MBACP/Supervisor
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Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 5NY
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About me

I have been working as a qualified psychotherapist for 20 years and have experience working with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties. I work in a relational and integrative way, although my natural attitude to my clients would best be described as Person Centred.  I trust you to be the authority on your own journey and I am happy to work with you in assisting a deeper awareness of your habits, judgements and experiences.  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 from a private space adjoining my home in Todmorden. 

I work with a range of issues and these include;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement/suicide
  • Issues arising out of Abortion
  • Family issues
  • PTSD
  • 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.

I have a long term interest and practice in zen meditation and mindfulness. 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session

Additional information


Further information

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, whether 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 date together.

Ibbotroyd Avenue, Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 5NY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


In person

After working as a therapist for 20 years I have a breadth of learning and experience . I offer supervision working in an integrative style.

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Heather Ainscough
Heather Ainscough