K L Aspden - Creative Counselling; MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Many people come to therapy because they reach a difficult point in their lives. This could be a sudden crisis or an ongoing issue. Reaching such a place can shake our foundations. We may need someone alongside us who can support us at such a time. By facing our most challenging situations we can regain our lives and begin to function again. But more than that, we can grow, and thrive. I believe in more than just surviving.
As an experienced Person Centred counsellor (20 years) with Senior Accreditation (BACP), I offer warmth, safety and sensitivity. I also specialise in using creative approaches for those who are drawn to this way of working. For example - art, music, sand tray, drama, movement, play or creative writing may be used to work with deep issues such as loss, trauma, and other experiences which are beyond words.
Additionally, I have specialist training in the area of trauma and anxiety. Using 'common sense' methods taught by Babette Rothschild I begin by helping individuals to gain control over the physiological elements of trauma to establish stability. This enables the reduction of debilitating symptoms such as flash backs, panic attacks and trauma- related illness. I have experience in working with developmental trauma (for those who had difficult beginnings).
I am the author of 'Help! I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in my Head!' published by Jessica Kingsely Publishers. My subsequent book: Help! My Feelings are Too Big! is now out (March 2019) and is written for children who had a difficult start. Both books are adult friendly!
I have been working with clients of all ages (children, teens and adults) since 1998 in a variety of settings:
- private practice (Creative Counselling).
Creative Counselling offers individual therapy, clinical supervision, workshops, retreats and creative groupwork (including Sesame sessions - drama/movement). Staff training for those who work in education or with vulnerable adults.
I am currently offering individual Drawing and Talking sessions at a reduced rate (£30 per half hour session).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor of Education (1978)
- Diploma in Counselling (1998)
- Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy (1998)
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2003)
- In House Supervision training (St Wilfrid's Hospice, Eastbourne)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play (2007) PTUK
- 12 Day Training in Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild) 2010
- Post Graduate Certificate in Drama and Movement Therapy 2012 (The Sesame Approach)
- MBACP (Snr Accred) - accredited since 2005
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children (3+) and teens
Personal development and transitions.
Creative retreats for adults
Photos & videos
Individual sessions for adults (50 minutes): £45.00. (Reductions offered for trainee counsellors)
Individual counselling or therapeutic play for children (50 minutes): £45.
Drawing and Talking sessions £30.
Clinical supervision for counsellors : £45 for individual sessions, group rates are negotiable.
(Reductions for student counsellors).
Referrals from organisations (such as Social Services)
Individual sessions for adults or children (50 mins) will be charged at £50 per session owing to complexity.
In all cases meetings with parents and additional work, such as report writing are charged at the same rate. Home or school visits may incur additional charges for travel and time.
Support/training for those who work with special needs children -negotiable.
Charges for group work and workshops may vary due to group sizes and venues.
Concessions are available in some cases.
All prices are reviewed annually.
I work in a private room. Day time and evening appointments.
Parking is available outside in the street.
Special offer from January 2019 -Drawing and Talking, half an hour sessions - £30. Home and school visits in Eastbourne are possible for £35 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time appointments : Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursdays, Fridays. Some evening sessions may be available and occasional weekends.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a person-centred counsellor with many years' experience in supervision. I currently work with both experienced and trainee counsellors.