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Ashleigh West

Education and Experience

Before training to become a counsellor, I was a qualified barber for more than ten years. My favourite part of the job was building relationships with a diverse range of clients and being a listening ear to their stories. It was one of the few opportunities men had to talk about themselves and their troubles and to connect with someone impartial to support them through navigating their lives. Unfortunately for me, I disliked cutting hair, so this spurred me on to find a new career where I could keep these aspects of the role. 

I studied for four years at South Essex College to qualify as a person-centred counsellor. Before setting up my private practice, I gained experience working as a school counsellor for children and young people; counselling those who are aged between 11-18, working within an agency setting offering counselling to adults between 18-80, and working for a company offering telephone and Zoom counselling sessions for their staff. I have recently completed a level 5 diploma in attachment-based psychotherapy with Optima Health Services, you can read more about me integrating this into my practice in 'My Approach'. 

Alongside my private practice, I am a director of a community interest company called Let's Talk - Counselling, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Services. We work in collaboration with a wide network of charities and agencies to deliver mental health support groups and psychoeducational workshops tailored to the needs of different groups of service users for our local community. 

In 2020, I volunteered for Shout Crisis Text Line during the pandemic. I completed their training and dedicated over 200 hours to supporting those in need of urgent support and care.

I have strong values when it comes to working ethically and I ensure your safety is my top priority throughout our work together. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work following the BACP ethical framework. I am committed to offering a safe, professional service within their standards of good practice. 

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Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Attachment-Based Psychotherapy

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