About me

I am a veteran, serving ten years with HM Royal Marines on operations all over the globe. Since leaving the Armed Forces, I have been worked in Europe, The Middle East and the U.S in the security sector and the super yacht industry. I am presently employed by a UK Fire & Rescue Service as an operational training manager with 16 years experience of the working within the emergency services. I currently specialise in fire behaviour training and road traffic collisions(RTC) instruction. I am currently developing a system of work within the Fire and Rescue that promotes and supports mental health within the UK emergency services

I have always taken a keen interest in the well being and mental health of my team and people I engage with. I have witnessed, at first hand, a lack of support and direction in both Britain’s military and Emergency service personnel. This great country sakes for a life commitment and offers nothing in return. It appears that both male and female veterans and emergency services colleagues are somewhat forgotten or brushed aside. I believe there is a huge shift and progress towards the stigmas that still exist surrounding mental health, predominantly with male clients. Although things are changing, I still believe there is more that needs to be done in order to help those who are struggling with their mental health. This is the main reason I trained as a counsellor. I offer a bespoke therapeutic service that encompasses real experience and a knowledge of the very different ‘worlds’ and sometimes languages.

I work within a humanistic integrative approach, meaning I integrate different modals, theories (Including CBT) and skills to create confidential therapy that is right for you. I have worked with people from all walks of life from successful CEOs, Veterans, Serving personnel to those struggling to make ends meet in a sometimes world of confusion. I have experience working with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Anger and feelings of low self esteem and sadness.

As the COVID pandemic increases its damage on individuals and the country as a whole, we constantly ask ourselves when things will get back to ‘normal.’ As there will clearly be a huge impact on our mental health, I aim to offer support in helping people adjust to the constantly changing ‘norm.” These are challenging times indeed and rest assured, you are not alone. Working collaboratively, we will get through the tough times ahead.

I Live in Christchurch, Dorset and offer face-face, walk & talk, telephone and digital video web therapy sessions designed around the specific needs of the client.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified humanistic integrative and CBT therapist. I integrate different therapeutic models to create a safe, professional, confidential and bespoke service to suit my clients' individual needs and requirements.

  • CPCAB Level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Therapy
  • CPCAB Level 5 Cognitive Behavioural therapy
  • TRIM(Trauma Risk Manager) Assessor. Fire & Rescue Service
  • MIND Blue Light Mental Health associate. Fire & Rescue Service
  • Individual registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework
  • Undergo regular professional supervision and CPD.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • 1st Consultation of 30-35 mins (Video or Face to Face) - Free if client decides not to continue/ £20 if the client wishes to continue. (This cost will be added on to the first session fee)
  • Further sessions priced at - £50 per 50 min session
  • Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Veterans and NHS Staff - 20% Disount per 50 min session. (ID/Proof of service maybe required)
  • Session prices maybe negotiated on a individual basis

Availability

Evenings & Weekends. Please leave a message (Voice, Text, E-mail) with preferred means of contact and time and I will get in touch. I endeavour to reply within 48hrs

Christchurch
Dorset
BH23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheel Chair Access at Highcliffe Office

Languages offered

Military Speak

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Ash Griffiths

Ash Griffiths