About Me

My approach, experience and qualifications

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsel adult individuals privately and as part of an NHS counselling service. I have also provided long term therapy through Kingston Women’s Centre and have a special interest in issues affecting women.

I have a Master’s degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and will draw on person-centred, humanistic-existential, and psychodynamic theories to explore with you the impact of past experiences, your present issues, and ways of moving forwards to enhance your wellbeing.

Whilst we are each unique, we can all struggle at times. I see the difficulties we experience as understandable, normal human responses to distressing experiences, rather than personal deficiencies. I also believe we are all capable of growth, given the right conditions, and that supportive relationships help us to heal and flourish.

My approach is based on responding to a person’s needs. I will not judge you but will accept and respect you. I aim to build an honest and trusting relationship, where you will feel comfortable to discuss and explore what is happening in your life.

Grainne Ashton, counsellor

I often work with women who are struggling with trauma and anxiety related to past or current relationships and experiences. We will focus on you feeling emotionally safe in sessions and working at a pace that feels right for you. Experiencing trust and compassion in therapy can help you to develop self-compassion, a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself and increased self-worth.

I offer shorter term counselling (6-12 weeks), longer term, and ongoing therapy. We can discuss your requirements and aims in our initial assessment session and review these together regularly.

​As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I follow their code of ethics. I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I invest in regular ongoing training as part of my continuous professional development (CPD) and aim to stay informed of latest research.

Prior to training as a therapist, my professional career was in publishing and marketing, I have a lived understanding of work challenges and how these can impact health. My own experience of therapy has been transformative and inspired my training and I feel fortunate to work with clients who continue to inspire me each day.


MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) – University of Roehampton

BA (Hons) English Literature – Swansea University

Recent CPD includes:

A Compassion Focused Approach to Working with Self Criticism – Prof. Paul Gilbert, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

Working with Relational Trauma – Carolyn Spring