Hello, my name is Ashleigh and welcome to my website. I am a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor. As an Integrative Counsellor I work in a number of different ways that will be tailored to your own individual needs and goals. We will collaborate together, using methods from my toolkit to find a way forward for you and create lasting change.
I currently work from two lovely and welcoming practice locations, in Bournemouth Town Centre and Westbourne, Bournemouth. I also offer online sessions via Zoom. Prior to opening I spent two years counselling with a local cancer charity in Bournemouth, and I continue my work with them as a sessional counsellor.
As a member of the BACP I adhere to their ethical framework at all times. I have an enhanced DBS certificate which is available to view on request.
I can help you with work-related stress, anxiety and depression.
Have you found yourself in a work situation out of your control?
It can be difficult to know how to manage when work situations have led us to unmanageable levels of stress. Perhaps you have too much of a workload, have been made redundant or received a poor performance review. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, irritable or frustrated, having difficulty making decisions, concentrating or procrastinating.
Stress at work can build up to such an extent that you may be feeling physically and emotionally under attack. Perhaps you have back or neck pain, headaches, skin problems or stomach upsets. Maybe you are struggling with changes to your sleeping and eating patterns, reduced sexual desire or increased infections or colds.
It can be extremely helpful to have a safe place to share what you are experiencing. I can help you build self-esteem and confidence in yourself and your ability to manage the challenges you are facing at work.
Are you struggling with workplace bullying or communication difficulties?
When we have a bad experience such as bullying or difficult relationships, we can find ourselves stuck with particular emotions, and associated thought patterns and behaviours. Maybe you have found yourself stuck with feelings and thoughts about work, or colleagues that are making work feel unbearable. It is not possible to change other people but I can help you take charge of your own feelings and thoughts, to recognise and interrupt unhelpful thought patterns and try a new way of being. There are ways of communicating that increase the chance of positive outcomes such as being listened to and understood. Let me show you how!
Have you been affected by cancer? I can help support you.
Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer?
It can be difficult to know how you think and feel after being diagnosed with cancer. You may worry that talking to friends and family will upset them or perhaps you haven’t been able to be open with your family at all. You may feel that you aren’t being given many choices about your care and treatment, that much is being decided for you. It can work wonders to have a supportive space to talk openly and confidentially about how YOU feel about cancer and discover the power of your choices around your illness.
Has your treatment ended but life hasn’t returned to being ‘normal’?
Your treatment has ended, everyone around you is pleased and their lives have returned to normal but for you everything is forever changed. Life hasn’t returned to how it was before cancer but with no idea how to move forward, you are left feeling ‘stuck’. Perhaps you are still living with the affects of treatment or surgery. I am here to support you through these difficult times in your life, to help you find the answers you are searching for and experience increased peace, meaning and acceptance.
Are you struggling with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis?
It can be a very difficult time when a loved one has cancer. You may feel scared and shocked, perhaps you worry about how to talk to your loved one without upsetting them. You may be caring for you partner, spouse, parent or child through their illness and that has changed your relationship. There can be a lot of stress on your shoulders trying to manage care needs, appointments, children and work commitments. It can be extremely helpful to have a place to be really listened to and heard. I can help you build self-esteem and confidence in yourself and your ability to manage the challenges you are facing.