Leigh Munday Dip.Couns. MBACP.
Hello, I am a BACP registered counsellor practising in Ashford, Kent and have over 25 years' experience of work within a therapeutic environment. My aim is always to develop a warm, trusting working relationship with you where I can support you to build upon your own strengths and inner resources. This is the starting point for change in your life. 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.
I am happy to offer a reduced fee initial session to give you an opportunity to meet me and discuss the benefits of counselling and what you may be hoping to gain from your sessions.
I also understand that counselling can be an expense that puts it out of reach for some people. I therefore have a limited number of spaces for those people who may be in this situation and would be happy to discuss this with you.
Reading this indicates that life is difficult, and very likely distressing, for you at the moment and you have taken that step towards 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 worrying you. Everyone and anyone can be affected by depression and/or anxiety no matter what their circumstances are. Feelings of helplessness, panic and distress affect many people at some time or other in their life. These feelings may have been affecting you for some time or they can just appear out of the blue.
Life today can be extremely 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. You may be lacking confidence and doubting yourself or finding it hard to make decisions or develop relationships satisfactorily.
You may be feeling overwhelmed and experiencing very unpleasant physical symptoms as well as upsetting thoughts and feelings. These sensations are often normal responses to the distress being felt but sometimes they just don't seem to ease. Many things occur in life that can trigger these feelings such as bereavement, illness, redundancy or retirement, concern about an addiction or family and relationship problems.
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 be truly heard.
I am not going to advise you or tell you what to do but will provide you with 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. We can often spend our lives trying to be 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.
I will always suggest that we aim to meet initially on a weekly basis for the first few sessions but this is tailored to suit you and your individual needs and can be discussed at our first meeting. During the initial assessment we can decide together what is best for you.
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
I hold a current DBS certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Sessions - 50 minutes £40.00.
First session - the fee will be £25.00.
Reduced fees for those on low incomes where possible.
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 car journey from Ashford International Station in a quiet and secluded road with no passing traffic and parking available. There is a regular bus service (running around every 10 minutes) to the 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 evenings and weekend appointments may be arranged where possible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|