Hi, I’m Lee Ash. I am a fully qualified and registered Integrative Counsellor and Therapist covering Plymouth, and surrounding areas. I have 20 years of experience providing counselling and therapy. I believe in working with clients to understand their concerns in a friendly and non-judgemental manner.
My experience has been gained working in the NHS as well as the private, charitable, and voluntary sectors. I have worked with young people through to adults, many of these with complex behavioural needs due to trauma, attachment disorders, adult mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, PTSD, ADHD, eating disorders, self-harm, personality disorders, gender identity, men’s mental health, abuse and neglect. I have worked closely in the last few years with members of the armed forces. Through my therapeutic work, I have a vast knowledge of working with complex trauma, adult and child attachment problems and other difficult emotional and behavioural problems. I have counselled clients and run therapeutic and psychosocial group work sessions.
I have been working as a counsellor in private practice for 15 years. I have specialised in trauma, complex trauma, addictions, personality disorders and anxiety-related conditions. My passion in the last few years is trying to get more men and young men to engage in therapy. I have specialist knowledge working with women but experienced men struggling to seek and participate in therapy.
I have worked with Plymouth University for 10 years as a practice learning supervisor for stage 2 and 3 BA social work students and MA social work students. I also provide therapeutic counselling to counsellors in training. I offer a reduced rate to support them through their training. I have also been an expert witness within the Family Law Courts throughout the United Kingdom which I did for 9 years. I was the admission, assessment, and referral coordinator for a residential rehabilitation unit for two years. I also featured on BBC TV’s Panorama Programme ‘Addicted Last Chance Mums’ and also been a contributor to the book ‘Men Talk’ by author Sam Bunch.
To date, I have around 5000 hours of face to face counselling and 2000 hours of group therapy experience. I offer a combined approach to therapy, working face to face, (or online such as Zoom or telephone). Since the pandemic, I have now been working online with clients across the UK and Europe. My personal journey has allowed knowledge, wisdom, kindness with a sense of humour to influence my approach as a therapist. I work face to face or online.