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About me

I offer one-to-one counselling, online or via telephone, using the Person-Centred Approach. I love what I do, and my job is to support you and offer an empathetic, accepting and genuine environment in which you are safe to explore strong emotions or difficult thoughts.

Person-Centred counselling can help with a wide range of issues that may leave you feeling unsure, unhappy, angry or disconcerted. These issues include depression, anxiety, major changes or events, loss and grief, coming to terms with illness or disability and relationship issues.

Person-Centred counselling is non-directive, meaning the choice of what to talk about, and when, is led by you. I do not offer advice but I will offer a safe, therapeutic and supportive environment which can facilitate reflection and growth.

The Person-Centred Approach is founded on the belief that we all have within us the capacity to grow and thrive. However, when we are in difficult, restrictive or otherwise less than optimal circumstances, the ways in which we grow and adapt can protect us in the short-term, but can also be harmful, either immediately or later in life. Sometimes our circumstances change, but our responses and reactions remain the same and can create a barrier to new relationships or life events. Additionally, changes can happen so fast, or be so overwhelming, that you can feel lost and unsure how to move forward.

Whatever reasons you may have for considering talking to someone, I can offer you a supportive, accepting and safe relationship in which you can explore those issues, at a pace that feels right to you.

I am based in Ashford, Kent, but working online means I am able to work with you, wherever you are. I am warmly welcoming of all within the LGBTQIA+ community and my pronouns are she/her.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I wrote my MA thesis on the use of Pre-Therapy: an extension of Person-Centred counselling that helps clients who experience loss of psychological contact (for example clients who may disassociate or lose contact with where they are or who they are).

I have worked with clients with long term health issues and disabilities. I also have my own experiences in this area, having had ME/CFS for over a decade. While counselling cannot cure chronic illness or disabilities, it can be a source of support, a release for pent up feelings, and a way to come to terms with the impact of health issues on your life.

Member organisations

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Some examples of areas Person-Centred counselling could help with:

  • Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or low self-esteem
  • Problems in relationships (platonic, familial, romantic or professional)
  • Approaching or reaching major life events
  • Work related concerns
  • Dealing with strong or unsettling emotions
  • Finding a path through a difficult situation
  • Grief and loss
  • Coming to terms with past experiences
  • The impact of long-term health problems or disability
  • Personal development or growth

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

I offer a free 30 minute initial session so that you can get a sense of whether I’m someone you’d like to work with.

Counselling will normally take place at a regular time, once a week for 50 minutes, and will cost £40.

Availability

Daytime and evening slots are available Monday – Friday.

Ashford
Kent
TN24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Keir Ashcroft (MA, MBACP)

Keir Ashcroft (MA, MBACP)