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. At the present time, I will work with you to create such a space while working online or on the phone.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per session (1 hour).
Lower Income (under £16K): £45, Students: £45, OAP's £50, 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.
Concessions offered for
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.