Cathy Ashton, BA Hons, PGDip, MBACP
At New Hope Counselling, I offer a safe, quiet, comfortable space to explore and overcome life's challenges, at your own pace.
I can help you deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, decision-making, bereavement or loss, trauma, low self-esteem, issues of spirituality, anger, family issues, relationship problems, or experience of abuse.
I use an 'integrative' style of therapy. This means I offer a talking therapy which can also draw from other counselling approaches, where they may be helpful. Such approaches could include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy or Creative Therapy techniques including Sandtray Therapy. As we work together, we can decide if a particular approach might be helpful for you.
When you come for your first session, I will give you space to talk about what brings you to counselling, and what you would like to gain from it. I will work collaboratively with you, and encourage you to shape your goals for counselling. I will also explain the service you can expect from me as a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and I will give you some information to keep, which includes assurances about confidentiality. If we both feel I can offer you counselling that meets your need, then we can continue from there.
In the course of considering your issues, we may look at both your past and your present experience. We may look at the different areas of functioning in your life, including your physical experience, your feelings, your thinking, your choices and, if appropriate to you, your spiritual functioning, to build up a picture of how these areas of your life fit together and impact each other.
There is no maximum or minimum number of counselling sessions; you can come for counselling for as long as you require. Some people come for just a few sessions, others for longer. Every 6 weeks or so, I will encourage you to review the goals you set for counselling and to see if you feel you are making progress, whether your goals have been achieved, have changed, or whether any new ones have emerged. I will ask you how you are experiencing counselling and whether there is anything we could change, or do more of, to improve your counselling experience. We will also consider what things will look like, for you to feel that you are ready to end counselling. And we will look at what resources you have to help you move forward beyond counselling, such as knowledge and strategies you have developed and support networks you could use.
If you have any questions about the above, or things I may not have covered, please feel free to email me, using the button at the top of this page.
Best wishes, and if you would like to book a session, or to know more, then I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Degree in Integrative Counselling and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Adolescent and Schools Counselling.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have seven years' experience of counselling people with many varied issues or concerns, including counselling adults in a community project and in private practice, and counselling young people in school and in private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£55 per session (1 hour).
Lower Income (under £16K): £45, Students: £45, Unemployed on benefit: £25.
If you are looking for a concessionary rate, please mention this when you first get in touch. Concessionary sessions will usually be offered in the daytime.
I am based in Forest Hill.
Transport links are very good via the Overground, train or buses P4, P13, 176, 185, 197, 122.
There is free parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Thursday, daytime and evenings. Sessions last an hour.
Types of client