I’m Ailsa, a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Chartered Psychologist and wellbeing coach based in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
I have over 8 years professional experience working with children, young people and adults using motivation and lifestyle counselling, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and other creative, active, mindful and body-oriented methods. I am registered and accredited with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (RDMP), which is a member of the Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy college of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).
I am experienced in working with depression, anxiety, stress, changing habits, confidence & self-esteem, eating disorders/nutrition issues, body image, obesity, athletic concerns, psychotic illness, developmental disorders, relationship and family problems. I also work with more ‘everyday’ problems such as career dilemmas, parenting/caring stress and managing family lifestyle.
As well as my work within different clinical settings (NHS, educational, sports/exercise and Mental Health and Social Care), I am a lecturer and researcher in behaviour change, health exercise & performance psychology, and creative, innovative & active psychological therapies at the University of Salford. I also guest lecture in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. I have previously acted as a Trustee for an eating disorder charity, and currently undertake an annual charity trip to Uganda to empower children and communities using physical activity games and community health education.
I use a holistic, humanistic and integrative approach to helping others, as I have found that lasting change can only come about through addressing the whole – mind, body and ‘spirit’. Using creativity and mindful body awareness enables people to access a completely new perspective and different ways of encountering and managing their problems, and this brings about powerful insights and shifts in mindset.
Rather than turn attention outwards in your wellbeing endeavour, I will encourage you to develop greater awareness of your own internal senses and mechanisms as the most important signpost. At the heart of this way of working lies a client-centred ethos, so that you always feel safe and in complete control of the pace, process and focus of the work.
If you have any questions or would just like more information, I would love to hear from you! Get in touch below.
Qualifications and training
- BSc (Hons) Exercise Physical Activity and Health
- MSc Psychology (MBPsS)
- MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (RDMP)
- PgCert in Higher Education
- Transdiagnostic CBT for Eating Disorders
- Using CBT in Patient Health Services
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dip. Life Coaching
- FdDip. Personal Nutrition
- Body Memory and the Unconscious
- Assessment Approaches in Psychological Trauma