Ashleigh Dunford-Bishop Adv. Dip. Int. Couns, Reg. MBACP

Ashleigh Dunford-Bishop Adv. Dip. Int. Couns, Reg. MBACP



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About me

I am experienced in counselling adults and young people (16+) with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, shame, body image, trauma, stress, relationship issues and more. I have a specialist interest and expertise in counselling clients affected by cancer and their family, friends and carers too.

Do you feel in need of support but don’t know where to start?

I can provide you with that safe space to explore your feelings, a place to be really listened to and heard, without the fear of being judged. I can help you to build confidence in yourself and your ability to manage life’s challenges, developing new tools, as well as discovering ones you already have, as you grow in new and meaningful ways.

My approach to counselling as a modern-day practitioner is far from the stereotype of having you lay on a couch talking about your issues. I give my clients the freedom to work through things in their own way, at their own pace. We will collaborate together to create lasting change, empowered by you.

Areas I work with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Shame
  • Cancer support
  • Coping with chronic illness
  • Body image
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress and work-related stress
  • Working with young adults through to the elderly.

If you would like to see if the way I work might suit you, I invite you to book a complimentary 15 minute telephone introductory consultation. This is a chance for us to talk and answer any questions you might have. To book a call using my online booking system please visit my website.

There is a small introduction video of myself below, to help you get to know me and to answer some of your questions about how counselling can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means I can work in a number of different ways that will be tailored to your own individual needs and goals. Below are some of the professional qualifications that I hold:


  • BACP Registered Member (No 378820)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.
  • Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.

I continue to develop myself with training courses and continued learning in line with professional standards and BACP guidelines. Here are just some of the additional training/CPD that I have done:

Narrative Therapy, Endings and Managing the Client Journey - Wessex Cancer Trust

Group Facilitation Skills - Macmillan Cancer Support

Working therapeutically with older people - BACP Helen Kewell

Becoming more creative working with trauma - BACP Jill Carter


Aside from my private practice I also work as a sessional counsellor for a charity organisation, Wessex Cancer Trust. Prior to training as a counsellor I had a successful career in the commercial and financial industries for 13 years.

I continue to develop myself with training courses and continued learning in line with professional standards and BACP guidelines.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Introduction


Counselling sessions - £45

Please check out my website for more information about how I can help you and services/fees. There is also a FAQ section to help ease any anxiety you may feel about how sessions can be booked (call/text/email or online) and what happens during our initial session together.

Further information


I work from two lovely and welcoming practice locations, in Bournemouth Town Centre and Westbourne, Bournemouth. I also offer online sessions via Zoom.

If you send me an enquiry or an email please do check your spam/junk folder for my response.

Please note, I currently only have availability at my Westbourne practice location.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH4
Poole, BH12

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Unfortunately, my offices are not accessible to clients with mobility problems. However, I do offer online sessions (via zoom) and telephone counselling.


Daytime, evening and Saturday morning sessions are available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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