I'm Astrid Coxon (PhD, MBPsS, MBACP) and I'm a person-centred counsellor and psychologist. I offer both short and long-term therapy for adults, through weekly one-to-one sessions, either face-to-face at my private practice, online via Zoom, or on the telephone. I have worked with clients from a broad range of backgrounds, exploring issues related to low mood, stress, sexuality, gender identity, neurodiversity, self-harm, perfectionism, relationships, chronic illness, and work conflict. I offer reduced fees for students or low-income.
I specialise in life transitions - perhaps you've had a life-changing diagnosis, relationship difficulties, or are considering making a significant career change. I'm interested in how we negotiate these transitions, exploring the decision-making process, and supporting clients at "forks in the road".
If this sounds like something I could help you with, you can book a free 15-minute consultation today.
Before completing my person-centred counselling training, I worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and a Community Cancer Support Team in Suffolk.
In 2018, I completed my PhD at the University of East Anglia. I conducted in-depth interviews with nurses coordinating a new hospital care pathway. This work helped me to appreciate the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and I realised how much I valued the process of supporting people to explore their challenges in a non-judgemental and confidential space.
I'm also a writer, proof-reader, and teacher. I teach psychology and research skills at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I specialise in qualitative research methods, which aims to provide rich insights into people's lived experiences, rather than exploring statistics. I've supervised several Masters-level dissertations on the stress experienced by healthcare professionals.
Outside of work, I enjoy everything the Suffolk countryside has to offer - walking with my dogs, beekeeping, and (when I'm feeling brave) taking a dip in the North Sea.
What is person-centred therapy?
You are the expert of your life. No one knows what it's like to be you more than you do. The person-centred approach is non-directive - you decide what you want to explore, and how.
As a person-centred counsellor, I work collaboratively with my clients, to understand their experiences, from their perspective - and in the process, support them to better understand themselves.
My core purpose is to help clients to "self-actualise" - to flourish and realise their full potential. This will be different for everyone, but with every client I provide a confidential and non-judgemental space in which to explore thoughts and challenging feelings.
This approach is not based around standardised interventions, structured questionnaires, or "homework". It is a therapeutic partnership, in which we explore together what is most meaningful for you, and support you to lead a more fulfilling life.