Fiona Armstrong

Counsellor

  • I work at The Next Chapter from Monday to Thursday.
  • fiona@thenextchapter.org

Life is full of change, whether we choose it or not. Sometimes change is imposed on us and we struggle to adapt. Sometimes we know we need to make changes in our lives, but we don’t know how.

In my work as a counsellor, I’ve been privileged to see at first hand how, with the right support and understanding, my clients have been able to change and develop in ways that feel right for them.

As your therapist, I’ll bring all my training and life experience to help you grow through the challenges that life brings. I offer a warm, welcoming space in which I’ll support you with compassion, curiosity and insight. Together we can build a relationship that will help you understand and accept yourself more fully and move forward in your life. I approach all my work with a sense of hope and possibility.

I’m experienced in working with people who are struggling with anxiety and low mood, issues stemming from childhood, and difficulties in personal relationships. I have previously worked in a mental health crisis centre, and I also have over a decade of experience in supporting people with workplace and career challenges.

I have an interest in supporting clients who are exploring questions or challenges around sex, sexual expression in all its forms, sexuality and identity. I offer a caring and non-judgemental space in which to unpack these issues in your own way and at your own pace. I’ve undertaken additional training at the Centre for Psychosexual Health in London, and have attended workshops on a wide range of topics including gender and relationship diversity, sex after sexual trauma, compulsive sexual behaviours, polyamory aware therapy, and working with kinky clients. I am currently in the final phase of a post-qualifying Certificate in Psychosexual Studies at Tavistock Relationships in London.

I welcome clients of all genders, sexualities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and personal experiences. I work with individual adults aged 16 and over.

My Postgraduate Diploma in counselling is from the University of Edinburgh, where I trained in both the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches. I also hold Honours and Master’s degrees in law. I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their strict code of ethics.

Specialist interest areas:
Sex and sexuality, men’s mental health, anger issues, questions around identity, relationship difficulties, life transitions, childhood issues.

Session fees: £55 per session

Reduced rates may be available for those on low incomes. The Next Chapter holds a waiting list for reduced-fee sessions.

I offer counselling in person, with online sessions as an option where essential. If you wish online only counselling, please use the contact form to enquire about sessions with my colleagues who prefer to work online.