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

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

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

07956 654473

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

07956 654473

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, Bipolar, Anxiety, Cancer, Stress, Panic Disorder, Addictions, Loss, Sexuality, Body Image and Gender Dysphoria

I offer confidentiality and space, where you can share and work through your troubles safely with someone you can trust.   I have studied various therapeutic approaches and adapt my work to best suit what you want to explore.   You will be respected and valued as a unique individual and supported 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.

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.

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

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. Mindfulness enables you to have direct knowledge of what you are doing and be aware of what is happening in your mind and body. 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. I offer weekly classes Disley Community Centre.

Teaching Mindfulness techniques to children and 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 have completed the Advanced Teaching qualification with Breathworks, in Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health, covering physical and psychological pain.

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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)
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

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


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.

The Alternative Health Practice:

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

Fees: My fees start from £40.00 per hour. Couple's counselling £50.00 per hour. Concessions available

Maps & Directions

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


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I offer weekdays and Saturday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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

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