A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
My name is Ashley Bowes and I am counsellor offering both long and short-term counselling to adults over the age of 18. I offer face to face counselling sessions in my comfortable and private space in Maidenhead, as well as online via Zoom. I also work with counselling clients from Windsor, Slough, Marlow, Burnham and the broader reaches of Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
We all experience times when life can feel overwhelming and fraught with difficulty, we can feel as if we have lost our sense of purpose and who we are. We may feel as if we have lost our way leading to a feeling of being unable to cope effectively. Talking to a trained professional can help us to make sense of these challenging times and offer a way to move through them, leading towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and our feelings.
I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by their code of ethics. Click here for more information about my qualifications and how I work.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how counselling can help.
Counselling allows the opportunity to speak openly about your thoughts and feelings in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. Research indicates that feeling you are in a safe and trusting relationship with your counsellor is one of the greatest indicators of a positive outcome of the counselling journey, and so it is crucial that you feel safe and comfortable with the counsellor that you choose.
Whether you are experiencing difficulties in a relationship, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, mood swings, fear, confusion or whether you simply feel stuck, counselling can give us a set of tools that we can use to gain a better understanding of the root cause of these problems. Many people face problems and struggles that may seem overwhelming; by entering a counselling relationship these issues can be worked with in a compassionate and non-judgemental way to bring fresh insights and develop the skills to approach things differently, allowing us to make better, healthier choices.
People come to counselling for a variety of different reasons, each bringing their own individual experience and how you want your life to be. In my counselling practice I have helped people with:
Feelings of anxiety and stress
Fear of failure and not feeling good enough
Grief, loss or bereavement
Abandonment and rejection
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Change and life transitions
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