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

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



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About me

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

Are you feeling confused, lost or anxious?

Serious about making changes in your life?

Hello, my name is Ashleigh. I am a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and 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 self-esteem and 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.

As an Integrative Counsellor I work in a number of different ways that will be tailored to your own individual needs and goals. 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. We will collaborate together, using methods from my toolkit to find a way forward and create lasting change, empowered by you.

I provide counselling for all kinds of issues and worries. My specialisms are work-related stress, depression and anxiety and working with people affected by cancer, including family, friends, and carers too.

Check out my website for more information about how I can help you. There is also a FAQ section to help ease any anxiety you may feel about how sessions can be booked, and what happens during our initial session together.

Work-related stress, anxiety, and depression.

It can be difficult to know how to manage when work situations have led us to unmanageable levels of stress. Are feeling you overwhelmed, irritable or frustrated, having difficulty making decisions, concentrating or procrastinating? Perhaps you are suffering from the physical symptoms of work-related stress. Workplace bullying may be involved or communication at work has become extremely difficult.

It can be helpful to have a safe place to share what you are experiencing. There are ways of communicating that increase the chance of positive outcomes at work, such as being listened to and understood by others. Let me show you how.

Have you been affected by cancer?

It can be difficult to know how you think and feel after being diagnosed with cancer. It can work wonders to have a supportive space to talk openly and confidentially about how YOU feel about cancer and discover the power of your choices around your illness. Perhaps life hasn’t returned to how it was before cancer but with no idea how to move forward, you are left feeling ‘stuck’. I am here to support you through these difficult times in your life, to help you find the answers you are searching for and experience increased peace, meaning, and acceptance.

When a loved one has cancer there can be a lot of stress on your shoulders trying to manage care needs, appointments, children and work commitments. It can be helpful to have a place to really explore your feelings, safe in the knowledge that you won't risk upsetting loved ones.

I'm very happy to answer any further questions you have by email or telephone. If for any reason I am not able to offer the specific support you need I will do my best to be able to refer you on to another qualified counsellor. I only refer to practitioners who are on a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register (PSA)

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BACP Registered Member (No 378820)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.
  • Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.
  • Wessex Cancer Trust -Narrative Therapy CPD (specialist training cancer support)


After working with Wessex Cancer Trust, Bournemouth for over 2 years, I opened my private practice and I have worked with a wide range of adult clients of all ages privately. Prior to this, 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

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£45 per 50 minutes for individual therapy. Sessions can be paid via cash, credit/ debit card or bank transfer.

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 currently work from two lovely and welcoming practice locations, in Bournemouth Town Centre and Westbourne, Bournemouth. 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: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair 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
Employee Assistance Programme