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About me

I work with clients of all ages, and, like many therapists, I view the strength and quality of the relationship I am able to develop with my clients as key in helping them to address the challenges they face.

I trained at the University of Brighton as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and gained an MSc in Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the BACP and an Associate of Brighton Counselling Collective (BCC). As well as working in Hove, I also work privately in Guildford and other parts of Surrey.

I work with clients who are facing a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, procrastination, attachment difficulties, bereavement, loss, social anxiety, relational and work-related issues and eating disorders.

My initial training was in psychodynamic counselling, and since then I have undertaken additional training at Master's level in CBT and also in systemic and family psychotherapy.

The psychodynamic approach involves exploring those patterns of behaviour that we have been developed as a result of past experiences, often from childhood. Through gaining an understanding of these patterns, and the defences we construct, we can begin to grow emotionally, developing more fulfilling relationships and a greater sense of mental wellbeing.

Once you have contacted me, I will arrange an introductory session in which we discuss the challenges you are currently facing and whether my approach seems right for you.

I offer time-limited therapy and open-ended therapy, generally conducted through weekly sessions. I work with adults and adolescents. Most of my work is conducted face to face.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Psychotherapy, University of Brighton

PG Dip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Brighton

WPF, Certificate in Counselling Skills

I have experience of offering brief, time limited therapy and also open-ended, long-term work, usually on a weekly basis. I use techniques drawn from family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, CBT and systemic therapy.

I have worked with people of all ages. I have significant experience of working with young people aged 16-30.

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with individuals in a time of transition in their lives, for example university students.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

The sessions last 50 minutes. The fee per session is £45 - Adults (Students - £30) Location: Guildford, Surrey or Hove, Sussex.


Availability: weekdays and evenings. Currently no sessions available at weekends - this may change


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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.

There are about 10 steps between the road and the house. Online Counselling is available.

Katharine Ashford

Katharine Ashford