Jackie Ayling

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Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30
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About me

*My practice is currently full until further notice. I am unable to answer any queries until further notice.
I have worked as an Integrative Young Person & Adult Counsellor/Clinical Supervisor/Consultant, in practice (since 2006) with young people, adults, families, couples and professionals. During my long career I have set up counselling & supervision services in two middle schools and worked with students, staff and parents. I have taught in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2008-2019) as Lecturer/Course Director of the Access to HE Diploma in Counselling at the West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds and worked as the Head of Counselling & Supervision of the Women’s Aid Centre in Bury St. Edmunds (2008-2018), working with women, children, staff and trainee counsellors in placement.

Today, I work solely in private practice, I offer counselling to adults and young people (I am qualified as a Trauma Informed Schools & Communities Practitioner), and counselling and clinical supervision/consultancy to both trainee and qualified counsellors, professionals and staff of organisations locally. I have an enhanced DBS and Child safeguarding certificate. I am also a registered BWRT advanced practitioner (General Psychopathology & Psychology of Identity and Behaviour). I enjoy studying and research in my professional field and strive to keep my Continuing Professional Development record current and attend workshops regularly as well as undertaking qualifications that aid and are relevant to my work. I have been a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists since 2007, becoming Accredited in 2009 and Senior Accredited in 2015 until February 2024. I am currently a senior accredited member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society. Both membership bodies are accredited by the governments voluntary Professional Standards Authority register (PSA). This guarantees that I have met a high level of training and experience.

How I work and what to expect at the beginning;

I use an integrative approach to help people who are having difficulties in their life and wish to seek an independent helper to listen and provide a non-judgmental environment in which to explore these difficulties. The therapeutic relationship is an important part of the therapy and I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, trusting environment.

When we first meet I will explain how I work and gain an understanding of the issues you are bringing to therapy so that we may decide if I am the right person for you and plan a way forwards.  I have trained in many theoretical approaches which allows me to use the best approach(es) dependent on your needs and what is most appropriate for you. I can provide online/telephone counselling as well as short and long term face to face counselling. I work from my practice in Hessett, near Bury St.Edmunds.

How can counselling help?

'Talking therapies can help with many difficult life problems - from coping with traumatic experiences and events, to dealing with depression and anxiety or managing harmful emotions and behaviours'. (BACP, 2019)


Training includes

BWRT, Person-centered/humanistic, Psychodynamic, CBT, Phenomenological, Psycho-Social/Psychosexual, Attachment Theory, Focusing, Jungian, Family & Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Child Psychology, Grief & Bereavement, Child Therapy, Science of the mind, Trauma, Social Sciences, Safeguarding, Teaching, Cruse, Mindfulness, Anxiety & Depression, Clinical Supervision, Self-Development/Awareness and many other topics related to the counselling profession.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy in General Psychopathology and  Psychology of Identity & Behaviour)
  • TISUK Level 5 Diploma with Distinction in Trauma & Mental Health Informed Schools & Communities (Practitioner Status)
  • BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Diploma HE (Counselling & Social Sciences)
  • Advanced Diploma (Integrative Counselling)
  • NVQ3 + Diploma (Integrative Counselling)
  • Cert Ed (Teaching)
  • Clinical Supervision Certificate
  • Cruse Understanding Bereavement Certificate
  • Accredited Creative Youth Well-Being & Mindfulness coach
  • Moving your practice online certificate
  • NCS Accredited Online & Telephone Counselling Course (80 hours)
  • Diplomas in CBT, Grief Counselling, Child Psychology, Domestic & Family Violence, Anger Management

I have many certificates & qualifications related to my professional field and these may be seen on request if required.

Work Experience

  • May 2006- Sep 2010 Child, Staff and Parent/Family Counsellor Beyton Middle School
  • Sep 2010-Aug 2013 Beyton Middle School Counselling Service Supervisor
  • May 2011-Sep 13 Stowmarket Middle School Child & Parent/Family Counsellor
  • Sep 2011-Sep 2012 External Verifier, Gt.Yarmouth College, Access to HE Diploma in Counselling.
  • Sep 2014-July 2015 Stowmarket Middle School Counselling Service Supervisor
  • May 2008- Aug 2018 Head of Counselling & Supervision Services, Women's Aid Centre, Bury St. Edmunds.
  • Sep 2008- 2019 Course Director/Lecturer Access to HE Diploma in Counselling, West Suffolk College, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
  • July 2008-Current Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor Private Practice
  • Feb 2019- Current Clinical Supervisor West Suffolk Council, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Jan 2024- Current Police Firearms Officer Association Approved Counsellor


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If there is an area of difficulty not mentioned here please do not hesitate to ask me if i can help as over the years I have worked with many issues.

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£60.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

*Bupa approved therapist (provider no; 30040043)

*Police Firearms officer association approved counsellor

Youth Counselling £60 (50 minutes depending on age)

Adult Counselling £60 (50 minutes)

Couples £70 per hour

Clinical Supervision for Counsellors £75 per hour and a half session.

Supervision/Consultancy £60 per session.

When I work

I have flexible times available including weekday early evenings and Saturday mornings

*My practice is currently full until further notice

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Jackie Ayling
Jackie Ayling