Annabel Ashley MBACP, MICHM Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Supervisor

Annabel Ashley MBACP, MICHM Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Supervisor

Elan Training & Development
217 Ashley Road
WA15 9SZ

Alternative Health Clinic
8 Union Road
New Mills
High Peak
SK22 3ES

0161 929 6916 / 01663 742282 / 0795 665 4473

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Elan Training & Development
217 Ashley Road
WA15 9SZ

Alternative Health Clinic
8 Union Road
New Mills
High Peak
SK22 3ES

0161 929 6916 / 01663 742282 / 0795 665 4473

About me

I am a Registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor with experience of working with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds, seeking help for a broad range of issues and problems, such as Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Disorder, Addictions, Loss, Sexuality, Body Image and Gender Dysphoria.

In my Relationship and Family Therapy work there are many different reasons why people decide to see me, from Communication, Changes in the Family Unit to Infidelity and Sexual Problems. Relationship work, including using Psychosexual Skills, can be effective in helping couples regain intimacy in their sexual relationship.

I offer confidentiality and space, where you can share and work through your troubles safely with someone you can trust.  

My website covers all the areas of work I am experienced in.

I have studied various therapeutic approaches and adapt my work to best suit the issues identified by my clients. I value each person as a unique individual and will support you on your life’s journey, helping you to find your own inner wisdom.

Many people who enter into counselling find it to be a life changing experience and it is my role to help you to explore as many aspects of your life by talking freely and openly. Everyone is different and our individual history, personal experiences, pressures and ways of coping will impact on our lives and by talking about what really bothers you, will help you to make sense of everything.

Most of us, at some point in our life may feel unhappiness, loss or intense challenges and when we are faced with these difficulties we can often experience loneliness, a lack of purpose or feeling stuck, without direction or guidance.

Anxiety, panic attacks, anger, depression or worries can be overwhelming. I can help you process these feelings and find a coping strategy in dealing with situations in your life.

Couples counselling can offer you both a safe place to help sort and release issues that are impacting on your relationship, bringing clarity and new understanding, so you can refocus. Looking at a different approach to working through your differences and developing a deeper intimacy.
It will take commitment from both of you, as you face and deal with some difficult emotions and I will support you both throughout the whole counselling process.

People who feel they have been born in to the wrong gender are often aware there is something wrong in early childhood. Society places great emphasis on sexual and gender classification and also on gender appropriate behaviour. A child or adult who senses or feels they are confused about their gender often feel different from their peers and uncertain about their identity. The medical term usually used to describe this confusion about gender identity is gender dysphoria.

Transgender people experience their transgender identity in a variety of ways and may become aware of their gender identity at any age, tracing their identity and feelings back to their childhood. Teenagers and young people begin to explore and experience gender nonconforming attitudes and behaviours during adolescence.
Some embrace their transgender feelings, whilst others may struggle with their gender identity, leading to confusion and creating anxiety.

I am trained and experienced in transgender counselling and meet monthly with Transgender people, their family and friends at Transforum in Manchester.

I am a qualified Life Coach practitioner and assist individuals in their professional and personal life. Throughout my career I have mentored and enabled people to cope with change, providing them with the tools and mechanisms to positively move their life forward.

Life coaching is all about you and what you would like to achieve in your life, by helping you recognise your own strengths and flaws. The focus is on positive change and finding the best path for you to take.

Mindfulness means awareness in its simplest translation. It is a way of paying attention, in the present moment without judgment. It enables us to have direct knowledge of what we are doing, at the point at which we are doing it and to be aware of what is happening in our mind and body and in the external environment.

Cultivating Mindful awareness can help us to work directly with day-to-day challenges, turning towards them instead of reacting against them.

Mindfulness can help improve your mental health wellbeing. Helping you deal better with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

Training, qualifications & experience

My personal and working life experiences has provided the perfect foundation for my work, drawing on years of knowledge to support clients with life changing challenges. I regularly attend training days and workshops as part of my continuing professional development.
I have a duty of care to ensure I provide you with the best service, using my knowledge and skills to benefit the work we do together. Therefore, I may use a range of therapeutic models to benefit you within our sessions.


Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Derby)
Certificate – Working with Couples (Relate Trained)
Certificate  - Bereavement and Loss
Professional Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
Professional Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming
Diploma in Dream Therapy (Accredited)
Diploma in Nutrition (Accredited)  - Presently completing Advance Diploma
Diploma in Herbalism (Accredited)
Certificates in MRE – Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement & Training
Diploma in Integrative Clinical Hypnotherapy


Managing Disputes and Mediation
Diversity Awareness
HIV Awareness
Risk Assessments
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Dealing with Difficult Situations
Working with Carers
Working with Children
Helping Children cope with Grief and Loss
Therapeutic Sand Tray Work
Sexual Minority Therapy
Understanding Depression and Anxiety
Eating Disorders
Awareness of Risk and Suicide
Working with people on the Autistic Spectrum and their Carers
Psychological Issues in End of Life Care - Sexuality and Body Image
Certificate in Living with Sexuality and Cancer
Certificate in Living with Sexuality and Prostate Cancer
Certificate in Sexuality, Body Image and Cancer
Psychosexual Therapy Master Class qualification in Sexual Minorities
Psychosexual Therapy Master Class qualification in Male Sexual Dysfunction
Psychosexual Therapy Master Class qualification in Vulva Pain Disorders
Psychosexual Therapy Master Class qualification in Narrative Therapy
BACP trained in Transgender Counselling - Working with Trans-identified and Trans-historied clients in your own practice
Trauma in Cancer Care


Member organisations


Accredited register membership


A counselling session lasts 60 minutes and this will allow you to talk openly.
Our first session will involve me asking a range of questions to assess your health and wellbeing. 
We will also complete a contract, which can be amended and altered at any time during the process.

In our busy lives, it can be difficult to commit to the counselling process; I will work in collaboration with you to gain the best from your counselling sessions.

Elan Training and Development:

The Alternative Health Practice:

Counselling Sessions: Sessions are for sixty minutes.
Our first session will involve an assessment of your health and wellbeing.
Our initial meeting for Couples and Family therapy will generally last for one and a half hours.

Parking: Both practices have ample car parking space locally

Insurance: Yes

Disabled Access:  New Mills Yes /   Hale with assistance.

Waiting Room/Reception: All

Fees: My fees start from £40.00 per hour. Concessions available

Maps & Directions

Hale, WA15 9SZ
High Peak, SK22 3ES

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I work from two private practices located in Hale in Cheshire and New Mills in High Peak. I offer weekdays, Saturday and some evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

As a Supervisor, I am passionate about supporting student counsellors in training and qualified counsellors, recognising the often complex needs and difficulties you may face as you set out either on your placement or on your counselling career path.

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