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Dr Aisling Buckley-Hovell

Chartered Psychologist

My Philosophy

I believe that the first step in making a meaningful change is to gain a better understanding of what is happening in our lives. We all follow patterns – ways of interacting with others based on our past experiences, and ways of behaving that are designed to make us feel more safe and secure.  Sometimes, these systems of behaviour can become too rigid and they start to become unhelpful and can hold us back. 

My aim is to provide a safe and welcoming space to work closely with clients in thinking together about these habits, and this helps us to identify what we can target to start to change.  Often, gaining a better understanding of these patterns is very powerful in itself.

This way, we can have the choice to step out of our usual behaviours if they no longer feel helpful and take a new, healthier path.

My Approach 

I work in an integrative manner, using a range of helpful techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT,) mindfulness, motivational interviewing (for behaviour change), and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

In my experience, it is best to work flexibly together to find what will be most helpful at this particular time. We will spend some time in the first weeks of therapy coming to a shared understanding of what is difficult, and what is keeping things problematic. From here, we can think together about what you feel needs to change, and work towards this. We will also think together about what is important to you in your life and how to move in this direction.

My aim is to create a safe atmosphere where you can feel listened to, so that we can think together about what matters to you.


I consider it a great privilege to work with people every day, and to be the person that they trust to talk to about difficult issues.  When a client makes any kind of gain or learns something new about themselves while we are working together, it is hugely rewarding for both of us.


BPS Chartered Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc in Psychology
BSc Hons Neuroscience
MSc in Psycholinguistics


CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Counselling & Counselling Psychology
Integrated Psychotherapy


Anxiety & Panic
Depression & Unhappiness
Insomnia & Sleep Problems
OCD & Obsessions
Relationship Issues
Sex Issues
Stress & Burnout
Anger Problems