Jen Ayling – Counselling & Psychotherapy in Sheffield, UK
My training in Gestalt Psychotherapy has been through the postgraduate diploma training programme at GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute).
I also have several prior Mental Health / Therapeutic qualifications:
- Diploma in Counselling Skills (level 2 & 3)
- City and Guilds Certificate in Community Mental Health Care
- Certificate to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (PTLLS and CTLLS) – gained working as a mental health trainer with the NHS and local mental health charities.
In addition to seeing private clients for psychotherapy in Sheffield, I work at SRASAC, offering therapy to women and men who have experienced trauma and abuse. I previously worked as a volunteer trauma therapist at Saffron, and completed a clinical placement at the Lincoln Trauma Centre. As such, I have expertise in supporting people who live with the lasting effects of traumatic events, including complex trauma, and this remains a strong clinical interest of mine.
I’m a qualified mental health trainer and workshop facilitator. I have designed and delivered courses for a range of charities including Mind, Rethink, NIACE and the NHS. I deliver a range of training courses on wellbeing and mental health, and can develop bespoke in-house training for organisations. If this is something you’re interested in, please contact me for details.
My first degree was in English Literature and I have a deep love of writing, metaphor and poetry.
Creative and reflective writing has been a crucial part of my own growth and personal development. As a therapist, I enjoy experimenting with ways of integrating writing, music and other creative arts into the therapeutic process.
Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in digital marketing as a web-developer, and have an active interest in how technology impacts on human health, happiness and social connection. I increasingly work with people who are struggling with the compulsive use of digital technology – and this is a growing clinical specialism of mine.
I have a longstanding interest in the issue of iatrogenic harm in mental healthcare and the over-medicalisation of human distress. I am active in campaigning for a more compassionate, holistic and socially engaged approach to mental healthcare in the UK.