Compassion, Empathy, Acceptance, Sass and Soul
There are times in our lives when we need someone to bear witness to our experiences and listen to our stories, both positive and painful.
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist who genuinely believes that you are the expert in your own life. I take great pride in my compassionate, flexible approach that is uniquely tailored to each of my client’s needs. I work with people who wish to explore their own stories, and in turn make positive change in their lives.
My own work is teaching me to embrace being perfectly imperfect…if this resonates, I invite you to do the same.
My clients have come to me to address the following areas (and many more) :
Grief and Loss
Self- esteem and body image
I specialise in Health At Every Size® (HAES®) and incorporate HAES philosophies into my inclusive, respectful counselling that focuses on well-being and self-compassion for my clients. I explore mindful based approaches with clients who wish to eat more intuitively and add more mindful movement to their lives. My personal experience and specialist training in these areas assists me to hold space with clients who also wish to make peace with their bodies.
I integrate a range of psychotherapy modalities in my sessions including, but not limited to:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Once again, each session is lead by my client’s needs and feedback, and I use a very flexible, heartfelt and comprehensive counselling approach.
I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy – University of Adelaide.
I am a practitioner on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) national register. http://www.pacfa.org.au/national-register/
I am a HAES® Australia specialist. http://haesaustralia.weebly.com/psychologists–counsellors.html
I am also a member of the Assoc for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/Index.asp
One-on-one counselling sessions
in my consultation room…
or choose Walk and Talk Therapy.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk and Talk Therapy is as it sounds; a confidential counselling session, walking outside together instead of sitting in the consulting room.
I work flexibly with my clients, meeting their needs on the day. Walk and Talk therapy often occurs spontaneously during a session if we decide a bit of fresh air may help. Other times my clients are booked in and keen to walk for the entire session. It’s always lead by you.
I follow your pace, both in the flow of therapy and the pace of walking. My clients find that walking naturally shifts their emotions and leaves them feeling calm and relaxed. After all, physical movement is documented to help improve mood and your emotional health.
The Walk and Talk therapy I offer is not intended to be an exercise ‘workout’ and I certainly wish to reassure you that your fitness level is NOT important, what you get out of the session is the most important factor. In saying that, most of my clients love the endorphins that are released after a stroll with me in the beautiful Adelaide Hills…and we always seem to find natural treasures along the way to delight in.
Occasionally life gets in the way, and my clients also need to juggle kids and/or dogs in our hour together and that’s ok too. Allowing yourself permission and the time to seek counselling is often the hardest thing to do; if there is a way to make your experience more comfortable to suit your needs please ask me.
Located in Stirling, Adelaide Hills
8 Johnston Street
My consultation room is perfectly located in the centre of the town, at Stirling Fit Co. A vibrant welcoming gym that offers it’s members and the public an holistic approach to health. That’s why Walk and Talk Therapy sits so well in the range of services offered from the gym. The Stirling Fit Co. team consists of personal trainers, an exercise physiologist and myself the counsellor. Soon we’ll also have dietitian, physiotherapy and remedial massage services available. I’m proud to be a part of our very progressive vision that helps people with their physical and emotional health.
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Taking the step to see Ailsa for counselling was a big one for me, and I am forever grateful that I did. Ailsa is such a beautiful soul, and was a gentle, compassionate and genuine confidante. She made me laugh, shed a tear along with me, and made me feel so nurtured. I can’t thank you enough for everything, Ailsa. You helped me through a really dark time and I will always cherish your wisdom and advice. It was spot on, and it was so good to speak to someone who just “got it”.
I can’t wait to share more walk and talk sessions with you in the future. Ali ★★★★★
One on One Counselling
- 8 Johnson St | Stirling | Adelaide Hills
Walk and Talk Therapy
Confidential one on one counselling whilst walking in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
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to discover if working with me is right for you