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Annabel Ashley - MBACP, MNCH - Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Coaching, Supervisor

New Mills, Derbyshire, SK22 3ES
07956654473 07956654473

About me

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Integrative Counsellor with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

My approach is Integrative, which means I have studied various therapeutic approaches and using my knowledge and skills I adapt my work to best suit your needs. Within my own private practice, I offer confidentiality in a quiet, safe environment, where you can share and talk through your problems with someone you can trust.

I have experience of working with adults, couples, families, children and young people.

There may be a range of issues you are struggling with, due to events, triggers or experiences and these are some of the areas I can help you with:

  • Anxiety   Depression   Relationship or family issues   Stress
  • Feeling stuck or perhaps struggling with life in general   Low self esteem
  • Childhood trauma
  • Addiction   Anger
  • Bereavement   Cancer diagnosis   Different kinds of loss
  • Sexual issues   Body Image                              

By talking and exploring what may feel painful, confusing or distressing can help you process and manage life a lot easier. There are many reasons why you may want counselling, my website covers all areas I can assist you with.

I am a qualified Well Being Coach and Mentor, assisting individuals and groups in their professional and personal life, providing Resilience Training to schools and organisations.

In my career I have mentored and enabled people to cope with managing challenges, providing them with the tools and mechanisms to positively move forward in their life.

I have worked for the NHS, providing therapy for individuals, couples, families and carers, affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses. I have also worked for a mental health organisation, providing therapy for people who have been diagnosed with a severe mental health illness.

When working with children and young people I use a multidisciplinary approach within the context of their life and work in an age-appropriate way, planning how best to help the child or young person, as well as their family.

I am experienced in working with Transgender people. 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. Some embrace their transgender feelings, whilst others may struggle with their gender identity, leading to confusion and creating anxiety.

My personal and work life experiences have provided the perfect foundation for my work, drawing on years of knowledge to support people with life changing challenges.

Mindfulness means awareness in its simplest translation. It is a way of paying attention, in the present moment. Cultivating Mindful awareness can help you work directly with day-to-day challenges, turning towards them instead of reacting against them.
Mindfulness can help improve your emotional and psychological wellbeing. Helping you deal better with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

Teaching Mindfulness techniques to young people, reduces their anxiety and stress levels during exam time and other periods in their life, improving their overall psychological and emotional wellbeing.

I hold an Advanced Teaching qualification with Breathworks, in Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health.

I also hold a recognised qualification in Hypnotherapy and I am a registered member with the National Council of Hypnotherapists.

My website covers more information: annabelashley.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I regularly attend training days and workshops, as part of my continuing professional development.


Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy
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)
Diploma in Herbalism (Accredited)
Certificates in MRE – Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement & Training
Diploma in Integrative Clinical Hypnotherapy

Teacher Training in Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress with Breathworks.     Advanced Teaching qualification in Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress with Breathworks.


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
Safeguarding Adults and Children (including PREVENT)
Mental Capacity and DOLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
Equality and Diversity (including Unconscious Bias)
Assessment Risk Planning
Information Governance
Mental Health Disorders                                                                                     Working with Risk (Children, Young People & Families) - BACP training day       Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief - BACP training day                         Open University Statement of Participation, Online Counselling

I am knowledgable in the following Government Acts:

  • Equalities Act
  • Data Protection Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Care Act
  • Children's Act
  • Education Act
  • Health and Social Care Act

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


A counselling session lasts 60 minutes.

Our first session will involve assessing your health and wellbeing. Counselling is two people working together collaboratively and so it is important that you feel comfortable and able to speak about whatever is on your mind.                               We will also complete a contract, which can be amended and altered at any time during the process.

The Alternative Health Practice: www.complementarytherapiesnewmills.co.uk

Counselling Sessions: Sessions are for sixty minutes.
Our initial meeting for Couples and Family therapy will generally last for one and a half hours.

Parking: Ample car parking space locally

Insurance: Yes

Disabled Access:  Yes

Waiting Room/Reception: Yes


£50.00 per hour for Counselling and Psychotherapy
£60.00 per hour for Couples Counselling and Family Therapy
£65.00 per 1.5 hours for Well-Being Coaching

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Alternative Health Clinic
8 Union Road
New Mills
SK22 3ES

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I offer weekdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


As a Supervisor, I am passionate about supporting and mentoring you in recognising the often complex needs and difficulties you may face.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Annabel Ashley - MBACP, MNCH - Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Coaching, Supervisor

Annabel Ashley - MBACP, MNCH - Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Coaching, Supervisor