Ken Ashton

Mid Suffolk, IP13
07809723294 07809723294

About me

ADVANCE NOTICE - After 25th August 2020, this counselling profile will no longer be available. As an independent practitioner, I will still be accepting private referrals, charitable work requests, and liaising with police domestic violence teams. Thank you.

About me...
I am a calm, very experienced, professionally trained and qualified, Accredited and Registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor offering an open and individual counselling approach, utilising differing counselling methodology, including Hypnotherapy, as appropriate to you.

I work in a multi faceted way, utilising many differing methods, ideas and theories as appropriate to the individual situation and to you.

I currently work with...
Individuals, couples, groups, families and adolescents, and offer a broadly Humanisitic, Person-Centred approach, my whole ethos being one of non judgemental unconditional positive regard, combined with empathic understanding and an open and engaging Listening style.

There are many different counselling and psychotherapeutic models and methods of working, and all can be effective in their own way. Through therapeutic discussion, we will seek out the most effective model/s for you....and go from there.
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Personal Experience...
I have current experience of assisting individuals, couples, groups, families & adolescents (Enhanced DBS Holder) explore issues such as;

  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorders (GAD), Relationship Issues, Depression & Depressive Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder (Manic Depression), Panic Disorders (Panic Attacks), Fears & Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Post Natal Depression
  • Couples Issues, Separation, Divorce, Betrayals & Affairs, Family and Family / Child Relationship Issues, Attachment Issues, Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence, Abuse, Coercion & Control.
  • Addictions and Addictive Behaviour/s of all Kinds, Substance Misuse, Anger Management & Awareness, Assertiveness, OCD, PTSD, Personality Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME.
  • Abusive Situations of all Kinds including Historical Childhood Sexual Abuse, Bereavement & Loss, Stress, Self Harm, Sex / Sexuality & Gender Issues, Self Esteem and Confidence, Self Awareness, Work / Life Balance, Physical Illness...

The above list is not exhaustive, so if you don't see what you are looking for, please make contact with me to discuss your specific needs.....it will be no problem at all.

I Believe...that we all have a story to tell, an important story, a unique and individual story of our own lives, our own memories, feelings and experiences, as only we can truly tell it.

And whether it concerns the Past, the Present or looks towards the Future you would like to have....I am here to Listen to your Story, enabling and empowering you to become the person you were always meant to be.

Where and When...

My warm and comfortable consulting room is centrally located in Mid / Central Suffolk, 'twixt Framlingham, Debenham and Eye, where I offer a private, safe & accessible service, individually designed around you.

I am privately located, with ample 'off road' secure parking, and a comfortable waiting room with toilet facilities for any accompanying person/s.

Hours of Work....                                                                                                                Monday to Friday, by prior appointment. Whenever possible, subject to availability, I will endeavour to offer you appointment times and/or days that suit your availability.

Professional Associations....Counselling and Psychotherapy.                                            As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and The International Healing Fellowship (TIHF) I agree to be bound by their respective codes of Ethical Conduct.

Professional Associations....Complementary
I am also a founder member of The International Healing Fellowship, a Suffolk based 'not for profit' organisation run by volunteers, all of whom seek to alleviate the 'dis-stress & dis-ease' of the individuals they work with.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling, West Suffolk College 1995 • Diploma in Counselling, West Suffolk College 1996/97 • 2 Year Foundation Certificate/Diploma in Healing - MTIHF • Reiki Level 1, 2 and Mastership Practitioner •  Diploma in Hypnotherapy • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling •  Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling • British Psychological Society (BPS London) Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision . Freedom Programme (domestic abuse awareness) Trainer / Facilitator, (Enhanced DBS Holder) Registered MBACP / Registered MTIHF

Approx. 4,500 'counselling hours' over 20 years, in various settings ie Individuals, Families & Groups, Couples, Employee Support, Private Practice, Charities, Multi Agency Counsellor, Adult Education Tutor / Trainer in Counselling & University Lecturer in Integrative Counselling (Insights into Counselling programme at University of Suffolk)
ADAPT - Angry Driver Awareness Programme/Training. To understand the impact that unresolved / subconscious anger has on normal day to day activities, such as your driving.

Recent CPD
Continual Professional Development Workshops and Seminars over last 12 months including - Trauma, Loss, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Addiction & Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse / Violence in Adults and Teens, FGM, Honour Based Violence, Motivational Interviewing, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Relational Abuse affecting Young People, Stimulants & Ketamine Misuse, Alcohol Screening & Interventions, Signs & Symptoms of Drug use in Young People, Nature .v. Nurture, Domestic Violence & Abuse Focus Group. Freedom Programme Facilitator training. Signs of Safety / Domestic Violence Risk Assessment. New Psychoactive Substances training, Attachment Process research.

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

COUNSELLING SUPERVISION - INFORMATION

My supervisory aim is to provide a safe, warm, secure, reflective, contractual space in which you feel welcomed, supported and encouraged regarding all aspects of your work and life.

My work, training and 'life experience' allows me to bring managerial, clinical and complementary approaches to the supervisory relationship, allowing an in depth analysis of current concerns and/or practice.

I work hard to provide a 'relational space' in which reactions, comments, challenges, feelings and two-way feedback can all be openly shared, whilst using an eclectic approach brings flexibility to the supervision process.

This flexibility allows the supervisory process to be open to working with a wide range of counselling practitioners, sharing knowledge and experience from different frameworks and modalities.

I believe that it is very important to build a restorative and supportive element within the supervisory relationship, and I work hard to provide this.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING - APPLICABLE FEES.

  • 15 minute Initial Telephone Consultation (if required) - FREE
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  • £45 - for your 60 minute individual Counselling Session/s - Mon / Fri 09.00 to 18.00 inclusive.
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  • £55 - for your 60 minute couples Counselling Session/s - Mon / Fri 09.00 to 18.00 inclusive.
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  • Concessionary 60 minute sessions are also available if applicable to your individual circumstance.

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PAYMENT DETAILS FOR COUNSELLING and  CLINICAL SUPERVISION

  • Payment can be made by either cash or cheque at time of appointment. Alternatively, by BACS transfer 24 hrs prior to your appointment commencing.

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CLINICAL SUPERVISION - APPLICABLE FEES

  • £55 per 90 minute supervisory session - Mon / Fri - 09.00 to 18.00 inclusive.
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  • Concessions are available if applicable to your individual circumstance.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Availability
Monday - Friday – by prior Appointment

Disabled Access.
No full disabled facilities - but easy ground floor access to counselling room and toilet

Mid Suffolk
IP13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Ground floor access to counselling room and toilet + comfortable waiting area for any accompanying person/s.

Availability

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, by prior appointment.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

My supervisory aim is to provide a safe, warm, secure, reflective, contractual space in which you feel welcomed, supported and encouraged regarding all aspects of your work and life. .

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Ken Ashton

Ken Ashton