Meet our Counsellors
Meet our Counsellors
A dedicated team of School Counsellors support the social and emotional wellbeing needs of all our students.
Steve Ayling, originally from Birmingham, UK, earned his B.Ed. (Hons) in 1999 from Exeter University and his Masters (MSc) from the State University of New York in 2010.
He earned his Certification of International School Counselling through the Counsellor Training Center (CTC) Program and spent fifteen years at IS Manila, Philippines in both ES and MS classrooms prior to successfully transitioning into High School and then Junior School counselling.
Dr. Becca Bower is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist, who is registered to work with individuals experiencing mild - severe mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
Becca specialises in working with children, young people and their families, but has previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK National Health Service (NHS) within Maternity and Neonatal, Adult Mental Health and Intellectual Disability services.
Becca enjoys connecting with children and families, using a range of evidence based interventions to support wellbeing within a proactive early intervention framework.
Jillian has lived abroad for the last 14 years and is originally from Michigan, USA. She has 15 years of experience working in schools. She worked at International School Manila for 13 years where she was a Classroom Teacher and Grade Level Program Leader, certified EAL Teacher, and Wellbeing Teacher. Jillian found her ultimate passion to be student wellbeing and decided to pursue counseling.
Last year, her family moved to Basel, and after spending the past year settling her family, she is ecstatic to be joining the ISB Counselling team, part-time. Please feel free to contact her or pop by to introduce yourself! Ms. Jillian is looking forward to building relationships with students, parents, and teachers at ISB and supporting individuals across the community.
Emma is a qualified psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist. She has worked at the University of Basel psychotherapy clinic for the last 10 years, supporting adolescents and their families from international communities in the area. Emma has recently graduated with a PhD in psychological interventions. Her research focuses on TCK well-being.
Emma is established with her family which includes her husband, three children and two dogs, just across the border in France.
Hayley Milner has been working for the past fifteen years in schools across Australia, Thailand and Switzerland. Her education background includes a BA in Applied Theatre, a graduate degree in Education (Secondary Drama & English) and Masters in Counselling.
Her passion lies in the development of the whole child ensuring their health and well-being in and outside of the classroom. She is looking forward to building relationships with students, parents and community while collaborating with Steve Ayling to support our middle school students.
Jo is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist who brings over 12 years of experience working in community mental health services (CAMHS) in Scotland. She has a solid reputation of building relationships with young people and their families and is trained in many therapeutic interventions and international parenting programmes. She has lectured at a number of Scottish Universities on child and adolescent development and psychological theory.
Additionally, Jo is a yoga teacher and fitness instructor, passionate about considering individuals holistically and contributing to their overall resilience and well-being.