Ashley Cootes aims to work with clients to identify strategies that will hopefully heal, enlighten, and empower them. She works to build meaningful therapeutic relationships by witnessing clients’ experiences and fully understanding them. Ashley believes in the power of facing and talking through problems, identifying and validating feelings, and aims to support clients in gaining new perspectives, working to change old patterns that no longer work or keep the client stuck in unhelpful cycles. Using a pluralistic and integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, Ashley works with the way each specific client prefers to explore their feelings, thinking and behaviours and aims to offer ways of working that will resonate for each individual. She will also interweave the client’s goals of the counselling or therapy sessions into the therapeutic work. Ashley has an interest in combining Person-centred,Gestalt and Third Wave CBT approaches.
Ashley has a background in the arts and higher education administration and student support, which she continues part time alongside her work as a therapist. A significant part of her background has been helping and supporting individuals as a voluntary mentor for many years. Ashley has been a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for many years and finds Eastern approaches helpful.
Ashley is a trainee integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and a student member of the BACP. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service and see clients at a GP surgery in Lambeth. Ashley is working towards a Postgraduate Diplomain Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.