BSc(Hons)psych., PGDip, MBACP, MBPsS
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Terri Ainley is a highly-qualified, BACP registered practitioner with 16 years experience in providing counselling and therapy to private clients, employee assistance programmes and the voluntary sector. You can benefit from her compassionate and professional approach whether you are looking for a few counselling sessions to help you through a difficult time, or wanting longer-term and more in-depth therapy.
When you attend your sessions, you’ll be welcomed into a comfortable, private counselling suite within a tranquil woodland setting, just 5 miles from the centre of Dumfries.
Generous 90 minute sessions allow you plenty of time to talk through your difficulties and discover new ways of coping with life’s challenges. On-going sessions are provided on a flexible basis to suit your lifestyle and individual therapeutic needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, Training and Professional Development:
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1)
- Formal ACT Training (General; ACT for Anxiety and Depression, ACT for Trauma)
- Formal Mindfulness Training (Mindfulness Association) and daily personal mindfulness meditation practice.
- Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate)
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy (Relate)
Family Counselling Certificate (Relate)
- Regular Professional Development in ACT, Mindfulness, and associated disciplines.
- Annual attendance at the BACP Private Practice Conference.
BACP Register - Certificate number 045904
MBACP - Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
MBPsS - Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.
I also frequently undertake less formal CPD on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing subjects, to expand my knowledge and skills, and ensure my practice is up to date.
I established my private counselling practice when I moved to Dumfries in 2013. During this time my practice has shifted away from working as a couples therapist, towards helping individual clients cope with the diverse range of challenges that life brings. As my practice changed to working with individuals, I retrained in ACT which is an evidence based therapy that clients suffering from depression, low mood, anxiety, trauma, anger, and simply feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of life, find particularly effective.
I previously lived in Durham in the north east of England, where I was a counsellor and couples therapist with Relate for 8 years. I was also a Relate trainer, delivering workshops to members of the public, professionals and volunteers.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-worth and self-loathing.
- Shyness and social anxiety.
- Guilt and regret.
- Shame and feeling like a bad person.
- Lack of direction, feeling lost or life feeling meaningless.
- Feeling hopeless.
- Feeling suicidal or that life isn't worth living.
- Financial worries and living with hardship.
- Unfairness and injustice.
- Bullying and harassment.
- Overthinking, and unhelpful or intrusive thoughts.
- Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope.
- Living with disability, and chronic or terminal illness.
- Work issues including: bullying and harassment; stress; shifts; working away; unemployment; career change; relationships with colleagues; job dissatisfaction.
- Retirement, and other major life changes such as moving house, changing jobs, children leaving home.
- Couple and relationship issues.
- Families, Step-families and In-laws - conflicts and interference/criticism from relatives and friends.
- Communication including arguing and not speaking.
- Power and control issues in relationships.
- Impact of mental health problems on relationships.
- Moving on from a relationship that has ended.
- Being single; dating and finding love.
- Learning from past relationships; getting out of the cycle of unhealthy relationships.
- Survivors of childhood or adult sexual abuse.
- Survivors of childhood or adult violence, domestic violence/abuse, neglect.
I have a particular interest in working with:
- People struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
- PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties.
- Individuals who are experiencing relationship problems.
- People who live with disabilities, chronic illness, and pain management.
- Military personnel and veterans.
- People who are experiencing difficulties at work or in their careers.
£50.00 per session
£50.00 for a 90 minute session.
Please phone me for a free, no obligation chat about the counselling and therapy I offer.
When I work
Appointments Mon-Sat, 10am to 6pm (earlier/later appointments may be available if you would find it difficult to attend during these times).
Due to Covid-19, I am currently only seeing clients by video-call. My plan is to hopefully re-open my office for face-to-face sessions some time during summer 2021.
You will have your sessions in a modern, comfortable and private counselling suite in a tranquil environment, where you can relax and feel safe to talk about whatever you're struggling with in your life. Accessibility: ground floor with a single 2 inch step. Refreshments provided. Toilet facilities available.