Terri Ainley BSc(Hons)psych., PGDip, MBACP, MBPsS

Terri Ainley BSc(Hons)psych., PGDip, MBACP, MBPsS

West Mains Bungalow
Near Collin
Dumfries And Galloway

07510 540 923

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About me

Terri Ainley is a highly-qualified, BACP registered practitioner with 13 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 indvidual therapeutic needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications, Training and Professional Development:

BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate)
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy (Relate)
Family Counselling Certificate (Relate)

Formal ACT Training (General; ACT for Anxiety and Depression), regular Professional Development in ACT and associated disciplines.

Formal Mindfulness Training (Mindfulness Association), regular Professional Development in mindfulness, and daily personal mindfulness meditation practice.

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.

Practice History

I established my private counselling practice when I moved to Dumfries in 2013. During this time my practice has shifted from working as a couples therapist, towards helping individual clients cope with the diverse range of challenges that life brings.

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. (Relate was previously known as the Marriage Guidance Council and is the largest provider of relationship support in England).

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Accredited register membership

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.
  • Identity.
  • Couple and relationship issues.
  • Parenting.
  • 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.
  • Jealousy.
  • 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:
  • Individuals who are experiencing relationship difficulties.
  • People who live with disabilities, chronic illness, and pain management issues.
  • Military personnel and veterans.
  • People who are experiencing difficulties at work or in their careers.


£50.00 for a 90 minute session.

Please phone me for a free, no obligation chat about the counselling and therapy I offer.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

Dumfries, DG1 4JW

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Appointments Mon-Sat, 10am to 6pm (earlier/later appointments may be available if you would find it difficult to attend during these times).

Types of client

Young people
Older adults