Counselling in Ashford

My name is Emma Matthews and I am a qualified counsellor covering Ashford and the surrounding areas. My approach, like any good therapist, is warm, caring and non-judgmental.  Through a wide range of approaches I help my clients to understand the present, explore and resolve the past to make positive changes for the future.

Why counselling?

At some point in our lives most of us encounter something whether it is a bereavement, split from their partner, low self-confidence or stress at work and we will experience emotions that we cannot make sense of, which leads to frustration and feeling unable to move forward in our lives.  Not knowing how we can deal with such emotions and situations often makes us feel helpless and stuck.   Counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental place for people to discuss these problems.   Contrary to what many people think, counselling is not a 'one size fits all', there are a range of counselling theories that can be used depending on the type of problem and individual you are.  Details of various types of counselling are explained further under the My Approaches Section of this website.

I have listed some aims of counselling below:

  • If offers a safe space for you to explore what is troubling you and discover any underlying issues.
  • It encourages us to take an honest look at our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be preventing us from moving forward.
  • It is a change for us to understand and learn about ourselves so that we can take control and responsibility for our lives.

Counselling sessions are usually held once a week in my therapy room in Ashford (although the frequency is entirely up to you) and last 50 minutes. The number of sessions required will vary for each person. Some people find that they require more than others to deal with the same problem.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, there is no set amount of time to deal with a specific problem.  After your initial consultation, I will recommend a set number of sessions, but we will review this on a regular basis. Please remember that no problem is too small, if it is effecting you and preventing you from moving forward with your life, then it is something that you need help with.

Emma is warm, gentle, patient and non-judgemental. She has been absolutely brilliant at providing a listening ear as well as support over the last year which I know gave me the courage to end a destructive relationship.

Emma has the right balance of being able to patiently listen whilst also question your assumptions or make you think about where your preconceived ideas or ways of being have come from. In doing this, she's made me realise that I have the strength to change destructive habits and thought processes and I am much better at living in the moment and enjoying the day-to-day of everyday life.

I feel much lighter and happier as a person.

Thank you, Emma.


I was experiencing a rather bad episode of anxiety at the time of coming to see Emma, she immediately made me comfortable and able to explain my feelings without feeling judged or as if I needed to say the ‘right’ thing.

As a result of our sessions, I feel a lot more comfortable with my anxiety and Emma has helped me understand that the bad days are just that - a day, not a definition of who you are.


Find out more

If you would like to book an initial consultation or have any questions that you would like to ask me, get in touch today.