Counselling and Therapy in Ashford
Hello I am Leigh Munday and I am a qualified humanistic counsellor, registered with the BACP and in the process of working towards accreditation. I am based in Ashford Kent, which is within easy reach of Canterbury, Folkestone and Tenterden. I am totally dedicated to my work as a humanistic counsellor. I worked within a therapeutic environment for over 25 years before qualifying as a counsellor. During that time I learnt a huge amount about how people were affected by many troubling issues and worries that often felt unmanageable and beyond their control. Being aware of, and witnessing, the many differing responses and reactions that can occur I have also seen the confidence gained from tackling such issues.
My aim is to provide you with counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. It can often be difficult to speak to those you are closest to. You will not want to worry them perhaps or share the burden, or simply feel uncomfortable talking about what is troubling you. You therefore continue holding on to unpleasant thoughts and anxieties that are distressing you.
This is why it is important for you to feel at ease with me as this enables you to relax and discuss those issues freely and openly without fear of judgment or embarrassment. My objective is to enable you to relax and go on to form a supportive working relationship that empowers you to make positive change in your life whilst addressing the obstacles that may have prevented this.
If anxiety, worry and stress are a negative intrusion in your everyday life humanistic counselling can be very helpful to you. These feelings can also lead to low mood and depression and routine tasks begin to feel very hard to deal with. It is also possible that you may be experiencing panic attacks, feel extremely tired and are not sleeping well either too little or too much. Anxiety can be overwhelming and feel impossible to be free from. This in turn leads to further worry and the cycle continues. Your work life may be negatively affected as well as your personal life. You may have a feeling of hopelessness and the future feels scary and unwelcome. There seems to be "no light at the end of the tunnel". You may feel resigned to continue in this way and that change is impossible. Many clients describe a sense of "freedom" when they begin to unburden themselves during their counselling sessions. There begins noticeable change and improvements to physical and emotional wellbeing are acknowledged.
If you are reading this you may agree that life feels difficult for you at the moment and you are considering seeking help. However, It may be that you are worried for someone close to you and you are looking on their behalf. As a humanistic counsellor I can help to explore with you what is happening, and sometimes why, and encourage and support you in dealing with the issues that are distressing you. It takes courage and determination to take that first step into counselling therapy. It is entirely natural to feel apprehensive when you begin and I hope I am able to reassure you and take you forward on your journey to positive change.
I offer a reduced fee for an introductory session to give you the opportunity to meet with me and discover for yourself the potential benefits to be gained. You are under no obligation whatsoever - taking up counselling is entirely your own decision as is the time you devote to it. I am also able to direct you to other services in the Ashford and Canterbury area if there is a need for a different model of counselling.
For some people a short series of counselling sessions will help whereas others may feel they need longer term therapy. I do believe however that it is crucial in establishing an effective working relationship to be prepared to commit to attending on a weekly basis for the first 4 - 6 weeks. I work on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I am happy to see anyone from age 16 years. Unfortunately I do not work with younger children but can suggest those that are specialised in this field.
It can sometimes take many years before a person recognises the need to deal with long standing issues, or that they feel able and ready to. If you are feeling fragile, often sad or worrying about an uncertain future humanistic counselling can empower you to re-focus and bring perspective to your life.
I am able to help people who may be experiencing distress from, or difficulties with, one or more of the following :
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Bereavement and Loss
Separation and Divorce
Illness and Disability
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Work Related Stress
My counselling practice is in Kingsnorth on the outskirts of Ashford, 5 minutes drive from Ashford International Station and easily accessible from the M20 motorway linking to Folkestone and Maidstone and an easy drive to Canterbury and Tenterden. There is an excellent bus service to the station and into town that runs every 6 - 7 minutes (look for Little and Often Buses). I am based in a very quiet location with no passing traffic and space to park. I work Monday to Friday, including some evenings and the weekend in exceptional circumstances.