Hi, I'm Ashleigh!
I’m an accredited Play Therapy and Creative Counsellor working with children, young people and families in North and North West London.
I always had a strong desire to understand feelings and behaviours, always being driven toward solving my own questions that started with why which stemmed from my own experiences from a very young age. After giving myself the time, space and finding the support to have this understanding I started to feel empowered to start asking questions that started with how; how can I make this into a positive? Witnessing this from such a personal level I grew to be empathetic, emotionally intelligent and determined I would do the same for other children and young people who had similar struggles.
I found training to become a Play Therapist one of the most gruelling yet beneficial experiences of my life. It taught me the importance of accountability, being non-judgmental and a lot of self-awareness. Although, the most valuable lesson I learnt was to see my potential and to live as my most authentic self, which in my opinion, is a priceless gift.
Since working as a Play Therapist and Creative Counsellor my aim has always been to bring all that I have learnt over this time into my client work keeping their individual needs at the heart of it. I am always striving to give to my clients exactly what I gave to myself; an outlet for their conscious and unconscious emotions, the support to understand and develop skills that can be used throughout their life, time to grow at their own pace and the space to become the truest version of themselves to reach their fullest potential.
I have always had a special interest in working with children and young people who are or have been in the care system and/or have experienced trauma. More recently I have noticed my work naturally progress into working alongside adolescents which I thoroughly enjoy.
My Method of Working
I am a child-centred therapist. I put the child or young person at the heart of their sessions and the overall therapeutic process which allows them to have autonomy and independence over their therapy experience. It is important to me that the child has a voice in their journey (even if it isn’t through words).
As a therapist this allows me to build a fantastic and trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients, as well as giving me an insight into what it is they would like to explore in their sessions and in what way. Working in this way is extremely important to me and, in my opinion, leads the way for positive change.
"Inside every child there is a story that needs to be told."