Elizabeth Houghton, counsellor and psychotherapist
Welcome to my directory page.
As an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist I am passionate about helping my clients in overcoming challenges and accessing their potential. My approach is integrative which simply means that I place you at the centre of the therapy endevour, adapt my approach in support of your unique needs and facilitiate change at a pace that's right for you. Feedback from my clients indicates that I am easy to talk to.
Coming from a contemporary approach, I take a holistic view of recovery and change. Symptoms such as anxiety are optimistically viewed as the body’s wisdom trying to ‘wake up’ without skill or guidance. Therapy is a way to safely 'sponsor' these symptoms so you can understand and transform obstacles and access new and empowering resources. This goes beyond ‘quick fix’ approaches which can yield disappointing results.
What you can expect
The initial session is an opportunity for you to talk about your challenges and hopes whether big or small, for us to explore ways we can work together.
A brief chat on the phone will be offered to answer any questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Sessions start as being weekly and may become less frequent as appropriate. Additional self-empowering activities that you can do between sessions will usually be offered, to greatly enhance the value of your investment.
Some of the practices I draw on include:
- Contemporary Psychotherapy
- Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP)
- Humanistic Therapy
- Problem and Solution focusing
Training, qualifications & experience
Having had a long term interest in holistic health and wellbeing, I was naturally drawn to talking therapies and for the last 12 years I have facilitated recovery of a diversity of issues in a variety of settings including abuse, community, GP surgeries, mental health and EAPs. I worked for a drug and alcohol service for 8 years where I provided counselling and ran groups for people with substance dependency and anger management issues, many of whom were involved in the criminal justice system. As well as running a private practice, I am an NHS counsellor in the Kent area. I initially trained in Humanistic Counselling and my skills-set has expanded to include Contemporary Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis. I am also a Master NLP practitioner.
Affiliations and memberships
- BUPA recognised therapist
- Affiliate EAP counsellor
- Registered member of UK Council for Psychotherapy
- Accredited and registered member of Community for Contemporary Psychotherapists
- Member of College of Hypno-Psychotherapists
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Bodily Distress conditions such as Fibromyalgia.
My fees are £40 and sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes.
An initial free telephone consultation is available for up to 20 minutes.
If you would like to contact me to make an an appointment, or if you are considering working with me you can find my confidential number at the top of the page or alternatively click the above link to email me.
There is free parking at the Dovecote Centre and it is a short bus ride from Ashford town centre and rail station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|