About Me



I’m Ailsa, an ethical Chartered Psychologist, accredited & registered Psychotherapist 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 and body-oriented methods. I am registered and accredited with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (RDMP), and the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).

I am primarily 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 collaborate with parents/carers to address stress in the home and manage family lifestyle.

As well as my work within different settings (NHS, educational, sports/exercise and Mental Health and Social Care), I am a lecturer and researcher in creative and active therapies, behaviour change, health exercise & sport psychology and have previously acted as a Trustee for an eating disorder charity.

I use a holistic 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 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 feels safe and in complete control of the pace, process and focus of the work.


Ailsa Parsons


BSc (Hons) Exercise Physical Activity and Health

MSc Psychology (MBPsS)

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (RDMP)

Dip. Life Coaching

FdDip Personal Nutrition

Transdiagnostic CBT for Eating Disorders (CPD)

Using CBT in Patient Health Services (CPD)

Motivational Interviewing (CPD)

Adult & Paediatric First Aid

DBS/CRB checked

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m: (+44) 07850962690

e: ailsa@authenticmoves.co.uk