Ashley Horsley

Specialist in DEPRESSION & LOW MOOD DISORDERS; ANXIETY/GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER/PHOBIAS/PANIC ATTACKS; STRESS/ANGER MANAGEMENT; TRAUMA/PTSD; GRIEF/LOSS/BEREAVEMENT; FAMILY/RELATIONSHIP ISSUES; ADDICTION - ALCOHOL, PRESCRIBED AND NON-PRESCRIBED DRUGS & RELAPSE PREVENTION; SELF-ESTEEM AND MOTIVATION. FEELING STUCK/LOST. EXISTENTIAL CRISES. THE NEW COVID CONDITIONED REALITY.

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Biography


I have worked in the field of mental health for over twenty years and I do this work from a place of love, passion and vocation. As well as a thorough and in-depth professional training I also bring the important often difficult learnings from life, relationships, parenting, loss, ageing: any such central components of being alive. My central thrust is towards connection, authenticity and trust: to offer this and thus encourage the same from you.

I create a safe space in which you can feel ready to unburden yourself from the weight of whatever you are carrying alone. Whether it is your anxieties and fears or your anger and dissatisfaction; whether it is haunting trauma or crippling self-doubt: whatever it is I am there to accompany you on the journey to the bottom of it. The work is all about communication and expression, through listening to your story and through working with your body where so often tension is trapped and tormenting. The timing of your arrival in therapy is always the right timing: when your need wells right up to the surface and sends you to me I am here.

It is vitally important that we do not feel locked away in solitary confinement; that hope, trust and safety are accessible human resources found in contact with others. As your therapist I will work hard to sustain or recover these for you.

The Corona Crisis: our New Reality

We have been fighting to survive not only a pandemic but the self-isolation and social distance we need to bear for the duration. If you are somebody who needs help navigating these changes, I will offer a port in the storm for you where you can have the contact, conversation, support and connection that you need.

Member of

BACP

Approach to treatment

My work is primarily about forming a collaborative way of exploring together what you need. I work with your patterns of thinking, of behaviour, of physical responses and the embedded feelings both emotional and somatic. The work is also about helping you to edit your narrative, rewrite your own story by helping you to see things in a more helpful perspective: moving away from self-blame or self-pity and into a balanced, forgiving, autonomous clarity. Life is hard sometimes, of course it is . And I will the first to support you when it is. But there is also always light: I will guide you towards the light whenever it feels the darkness overwhelms you.

Our first session is essentially to explore what has brought you to me and why now. We will look at any catalyst that has pushed you into taking this important first step and how long these difficulties have been going on for you.
I will let you get a good feel of what it is like to be with me in the space I offer and we will watch your levels of tension and anxiety and respond to any with calming methods and reassurance.
I will ask you the basic story of your start in life, your family and childhood and anything that has been traumatic.
I will give you an idea of how I work and what I feel you need and we will take it from there.

Languages spoken

English

Currently Practice

ONLINE

Therapy Types

GRIEF/LOSS/BEREAVEMENT; FAMILY/RELATIONSHIP ISSUES; ADDICTION - ALCOHOL, PRESCRIBED AND NON-PRESCRIBED DRUGS & RELAPSE PREVENTION; SELF-ESTEEM AND MOTIVATION. FEELING STUCK/LOST. EXISTENTIAL CRISES. THE NEW COVID CONDITIONED REALITY.

Qualifications

BA Psychology
MA Counselling Psychology
Post MA Dip Existential Counselling Psychology
Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality Foundation
Complex Trauma Therapists Network UK Working with Complex Trauma
Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: A Certified
Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course
Family Constellations Training