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About me

How I work

I currently only work with women (adult).

My counselling style is relational, meaning I view the relationship between us as essential to the counselling process and always endeavour to be empathic, compassionate and supportive. I work in an integrative way, which means that I draw on different counselling theories and methods to provide holistic counselling which is tailored to each individual. For example, we may use some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to explore how your thoughts impact your feelings and actions, I will also work in a person-centred way to enable you to feel heard and known, we may explore how your past experiences have influenced you, and depending on your preferences we could use some creative techniques to explore your feelings and experiences. Each client is different and we will work together in whichever way you find the most comfortable and helpful.

I have experience working with clients to address a range of issues but I also have a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma (e.g. child abuse/neglect, sexual violence, domestic abuse, major accidents, sudden loss, victim of a crime, etc.) and I am currently doing a Postgraduate Diploma (level 7) in Trauma therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

I am a committed Christian and understand how important it might be for some clients to explore how their Spiritual beliefs and practices interact with their emotional wellbeing and everyday life. I mention this because some Christian clients specifically seek out a counsellor who shares their Christian faith and may refer to this as 'Christian counselling', which I can offer upon request.

However, I also have several years experience of counselling people of all faiths and none in Educational and Community settings and I am fully guided by the client as to whether exploring their own Spiritual beliefs is important to them or not. I treat all clients with respect, always abide by the BACP and ACC code of ethics and I am committed to anti-discriminatory practice.

I can help with a range of issues such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders (e.g. Generalised anxiety, OCD, health anxiety, panic disorder, etc.)
  • stress
  • bereavement
  • trauma
  • abuse/neglect
  • low self-esteem or shame
  • relationship difficulties
  • self-harm
  • suicidal thoughts
  • issues with eating
  • coping with the impact of physical health problems
  • Spiritual issues

I'm a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and abide by both their codes of ethics.

Qualifications and Experience

I have a degree in Counselling and Theology (BA Honours) and a degree in Medicine (MB BCH BAO).  I have several years of experience working as a counsellor in various settings, including secondary schools/6th form colleges, local adult counselling agencies and in private practice. Before studying counselling I was a doctor and worked in the NHS for 2 years, both in hospitals and in a GP practice, which gave me a lot of insight into various physical and mental health problems and the impact which they can have on individuals and families. I also have significant experience of delivering mental health awareness training to healthcare staff, educational staff and other professionals.

Practical Information

I provide both short-term and long-term open-ended counselling.  I currently only work with adult women. I can offer counselling face to face or online (via zoom video call). Evening sessions available.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Honours) Theology and Counselling, Middlesex University, 2016 (First class)
  • MB BCH BAO Medical Degree, Queens University Belfast, 2011
  • I am currently studying for a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Other training courses:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Various short courses on Trauma-informed counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Creative work, etc.

Member organisations

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Christian counselling

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 for each 50 min session

A very limited number of concessions may be available for people on low incomes (e.g. students, unwaged, receiving benefits) dependent on availability and at my discretion

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Flexibility can be offered for shift workers if needed 

Further information

I work from my home in Coleraine and have a quiet, dedicated counselling space which is on the ground floor level and easily accessible by people with mobility issues.

Free parking is available on my driveway.

Coleraine
Derry/Londonderry
BT51

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
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.

Free parking available on driveway. Counselling room on ground floor.

Languages offered

none

Online platforms

Zoom
Dr Ashley Stewart BA (Hons), MB BCH BAO, MBACP ACC

Dr Ashley Stewart BA (Hons), MB BCH BAO, MBACP ACC