Leigh Munday Dip.Couns. MBACP Registered Member
01233 501607 / 07432 214385
Hello, I am a qualified counsellor practising in Ashford, Kent and I offer a reduced fee initial session to give you an opportunity to meet me and discuss the benefits of counselling and whether you wish to take it up. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy working within the BACP Ethical Framework.
I have over 25 years' experience of work within a therapeutic environment before qualifying as a counsellor. My training was in Humanistic counselling and this ethos is grounded in the belief that everyone has the ability to grow and reach their individual potential, given the right conditions. My hope is to develop a trusting working relationship with you where I can support you in reaching this goal and build upon your own strengths and inner resources.
If you are reading this it tells me that life is difficult for you at the moment and you have taken that step towards recognising this and accessing help. I can help to explore with you what is happening, and why, and encourage and support you in dealing with the issues that are distressing you. Everyone and anyone can be affected by depression and/or anxiety no matter what their circumstances are. You may be living alone or with a partner and family; you may be working or unemployed, financially secure or struggling to get by on a low income. You may be lacking confidence and doubting yourself or finding it hard to make decisions.
Life today can be so stressful and many people feel like they are living it at full throttle; work, commuting, family life and financial pressures filling our minds and time constantly. We often spend our lives being what others want us to be which takes away our personal sense of being. If you are conscious of this and it is causing you anxiety and/or depression counselling can be the way to restore your true sense of self.
You may be feeling overwhelmed and experiencing very unpleasant symptoms, thoughts and feelings. These sensations are often normal responses to the distress being felt but sometimes they simply won't go away. They can also arise after events such as bereavement, illness and trauma, redundancy or retirement, concern about an addiction or family and relationship problems. You may have experienced physical, mental or sexual abuse or be in a violent relationship.
Sometimes however there will be no definitive event just an awareness that all is not well for you. Even in the most loving and caring of relationships and environments it is still possible to feel invisible and not heard.
I am not here to advise you or tell you what to do but to allow a peaceful and comfortable space in which to find a way forward to explore what is happening to you and for you to be heard in complete confidence and without judgement.
Counselling is usually on a weekly basis but this is tailored to suit you and your individual needs and can be discussed at our first meeting. However, I do believe that it is important to attend initially once a week if possible to establish a working relationship. During the initial assessment we can decide together what is best for you. I believe everyone should be able to access counselling therapy and therefore I do try to be as flexible and fair as possible and am happy to negotiate fees for those on low income if space is available.
If you would like more information please do contact me and I will aim to contact you within 24 hours. Counselling may be the tool you need to use to explore, learn and ultimately make positive changes to your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Mindfulness Skills in Practice
Certificate in Bereavement and Loss
Certificate in Sand Play
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Sessions - 50 minutes face to face £40.00.
First session - the fee will be £20.00.
If you are on a low income I can sometimes offer reduced fees where there is availability and am happy to discuss this.
In the event of cancelled appointments I am afraid I do have to charge my fee if less than 24 hours notice is given.
I am based in Kingsnorth which is a 5 minute journey from Ashford International Station in a quiet and secluded road with no passing traffic and parking available. Bus service is every 6 minutes to station. I am within easy reach of Canterbury, Tenterden, Folkestone and Maidstone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and some evening and weekend appointments may be arranged where possible.
Types of client