Jasmine Cooray (MBACP Registered Counsellor)
The Minster Centre
20 Lonsdale Road
Aashna Counselling And Psychotherapy
1 Castle Mews
Hello and Welcome.
I am an Integrative Counsellor offering 1-2-1 therapy for adults and young people aged 16 and above.
Why have counselling?
At any time, we can find ourselves stuck, overwhelmed or feel we don’t know what to do.
You might have experienced loss or change, find yourself repeating thoughts or behaviours you want to adjust, or want to free up stuck parts of your life. You might need assistance in holding the challenges you face.
Therapy provides support from someone with an outside perspective, with whom you can speak freely in a safe environment about the things affecting you. It can be challenging, but also transformative, to talk.
What are the basics?
My role as a counsellor is to help you explore your own experience and find ways to make it easier to be you and deal with the particular worlds you inhabit. Together, we will talk, see what thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations arise, and do our best to understand them.
I aim to help you untangle issues that may feel like they are getting in your way, and support your wellbeing. You will be provided with a warm, clarifying and grounding environment: a confidential space to not be alone with what is bothering you.
Can you describe a bit more about how you work?
I work in an integrative, creative, embodied way, which means I am trained in several different modalities (listed below) and will draw from them according to your needs.
Usually I work combining looking backwards and looking forwards: that is, work towards understanding the experiences that contribute to your challenges, and find ways to manage and overcome the echoes of these experiences in the present. We can discuss what you feel might be helpful in the initial session.
I have experience with a wide range of issues that include stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, gender and sexuality, bereavement, abandonment, disability, chronic illness, self harm and low-self worth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with a PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre, London. I am registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics.
I am completing my Psychotherapy MA. I have worked as a counsellor in a number of contexts, including for homelessness prevention charity Alone in London and for LGBT service London Friend.
Prior to training, I worked in the arts and education sector, as a teacher of creative writing. My creativity informs my style of working in that I will encourage anything that there aren't enough plain words for in the room to be expressed with the body, in drawings or verbal images.
I have dual-heritage (mixed race) and I offer an LGBTQ inclusive space.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience in working with chronic and invisible illnesses, hair loss, cultural identity, and issues around creativity.
If you feel like you would like to work with me, please email or call for an initial conversation where you can ask any questions you might have.
To get a better sense of you and what you're dealing with, I will invite you to a face to face consultation. This is where you can see what it feels like to be in the room with me. This meeting is £30.
If you decide you want to go forward with having therapy with me, sessions are £50-£60 depending on what is affordable to you.
I have some limited concession spaces at £40. Please enquire when we speak about the availability of these.
What if we meet and it doesn't feel right?
If we meet and you feel like you want to see a different therapist, I will be happy to recommend several therapists to you as alternatives.
Notes on Accessibility:
The Minster Centre is accessible, with wheelchair-accessible therapy rooms and bathrooms.
Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy has some wheelchair access, but not a fully accessible bathroom.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri daytimes and Mon/Fri evenings
Types of client