Susan Ashby MBACP

Susan Ashby MBACP

Dowgas House
St. Austell
PL26 7LU

01726 885019 / 07771 541535

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Dowgas House
St. Austell
PL26 7LU

01726 885019 / 07771 541535

About me

My objective in counselling is to gently enable clients to look at their present situation, as well as past events which may have influenced it, and to sensitively help them develop their own skills and strengths, so that they become able not only to make appropriate decisions in the present, but also to live more effectively in the future.

This means that whatever your story and whatever your age, I will give you 100% of my attention and respect. I will value your need for confidentiality and I will support you in ways that will leave you in no doubt that you are being truly heard.

I try to give you the opportunity to have an appointment time that fits in with your busy schedule, so I offer evening appointments up to 8 p.m. Double length appointments can be offered for couples. I have seen people aged from 8 to 80, so age is not a barrier.

My counselling room is situated in a quiet, peaceful, tranquil location which is not overlooked and cannot be overheard. Parking is available on the driveway at the front of the house.

I am also a Reiki Master and Teacher and have a beautiful Tree House for Reiki treatments in my woodland. The need for stillness and relief from stress is something we all have need of, and I am well aware, on a professional and a personal basis, that Reiki can bring feelings of peace and calm into everyone's life.

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Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I abide by their code of ethics. I was trained for three years and qualified in Psychodynamic Counselling, completing in 1990.

In addition, I have been trained to certificate level in bereavement counselling, drug & alcohol addiction, stress management and eating disorders. Additionally I have worked as Group Supervisor in a Children's Hospice and was Supervisor's Supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care, both for four years, ending only after moving to Cornwall in 2011. Also in 2011, I began Mindfulness Meditation groups in my practice.
I have also published my own Relaxation CD. I am a Reiki Master and Teacher and give Reiki treatments and attunements in my wonderful tree house which is situated in my own ancient Cornish woodland.

I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in sexual & relationship psychotherapy,this training also provided over two hundred experience hours in a clinical placement, working with individuals and couples. This enabled my title of MBACP.

Over 25+ years in private practice, I have developed my own therapeutic style of insight, intuition, empathy and interaction. I have had my own personal therapy and am in on-going one to one supervision. I also engage in Continuing Professional Development.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

During my 25+ years in private practice, I have also had work experience of the following issues:

Infertility, sexual abuse, AIDS, adoption, stillbirth, disability, learning difficulties, dyslexia, self-harm and cross cultural issues.

I have also received Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance and have professional indemnity insurance.


£30 for Counselling and Psychotherapy, per hour.

£7.50 per person for Mindfulness Meditation.

£8.00 per Relaxation CD.

£25.00 per Reiki Session of 30 minutes.

Further information

To make your first appointment, which can usually be guaranteed to be within 7 days of your initial enquiry or for any further information, please telephone me on the number at the top of this page, or e-mail me for more details.

Maps & Directions

St. Austell, PL26 7LU

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have appointments available Monday to Friday from 1pm until 6pm. I can usually offer an appointment in under one week from an enquiry.

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