Ashley Yarwood

Ashley Yarwood

Brighter Spaces
7 Hawthorn Lane

Cemetery Road

07543 198722

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About me

I am an experienced Counsellor and Coaching Professional who can give you time and space to examine where you are and help you get to where you want to be.

Do you have a particular difficulty, day to day difficulties or big challenges? Are things going well on the surface, but there is something inside you that is not being expressed? I can help you understand your situation, explore choices and transform.

From a specific goal, difficulty or if you are desiring a change, I can help you understand your situation, explore options, learn and transform. Whatever your challenge is, whatever is important to you, I’ll help you develop new habits and skills – emotionally and practically.

I have studied Psychology for twelve years and practices as a counsellor for eight years in public and charity sectors; from supporting women who have experienced abuse and violence, to supporting bereaved and people at the end of their life, and, supporting staff at all levels in stressful and traumatic workplaces. I have also taught various Psychology, well-being and stress courses from workshops to degree level.

I use my Psychology and mental health background to integrate a range of theories to support and manage life’s’ challenges. I see you as a ‘whole’ person – not just the roles or job you have, such as a parent, spouse or manager.

I provide a neutral, supportive space; on a video call or in person. Whatever your challenge is, whatever is important to you, I’ll help you with your emotional ways of coping or with practical habits and skills.

If you would like more information, or to discuss how we could work together, email or call me to arrange a free initial session. I offer face to face sessions and online sessions to support you. You may also be able to access counselling with me via your employer, if they are registered with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Weekend and online appointments are available - please get in touch for more details.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training, experience and qualifications are based in the following areas:

  • Humanistic Psychology and Psychosynthesis (whole person positive psychologies)
  • Leadership Coaching and other Coaching approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches
  • Stress
  • Trauma informed support
  • Physiology
  • Understanding Change
  • Person Centred approaches
  • Access Consciousness
  • More importantly - being a human too!

I have experience working with individuals and leaders in a variety of settings, an NHS Staff Support Service, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Mind and Staffordshire Women's Aid. I have worked with people with many different experiences and from different walks of life. I have also taught psychology; from workshops to degree level.


Master's degree in Counselling Psychology (Keele University)

Pending - PG Diploma in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching (Institute of Psychosynthesis)

Pending - PG Diploma in Stress Management (Institute of Counselling)

- Various other professional training days including Stress Management, Critical Incident Stress Management, CBT, Bereavement and Loss, Mindfulness, support after Abuse

You can find a detailed description of Psychosynthesis here:

I also offer Coaching; leadership coaching and life coaching.

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Fee Structure

The first 30 minute session is free of charge, so you can discover if how I work suits what you are looking for. Together we can establish what you would like from counselling and what would be most useful for you in these sessions.

Sessions start from £55. There is an additional charge for late evening and weekend appointments. There is a charge for missed appointments or late cancellations.

If you would like to work with me, sessions last one hour and can be weekly or a frequency that suits you. Confidentiality begins when you first make contact and I will discuss this in more detail with you when we first meet.


Students of counselling are welcome to contact me for counselling sessions. Having both been a student for many years, as well as having several roles supporting students, I am familiar with challenges students may face.


I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions. I have a comfortable, private location to meet. I work with EAP's. I do offer reduced rates for those in financial hardship.


I do not work with couples, as it requires specialist training, however I do have experience working systemically, so can offer very short term support or support to individuals facing a difficult family or workplace event.


I have a range of skills to offer support to groups and teams in the workplace. I have created and delivered a range of workshops for staff on many themes related to well-being, so please let me know if you have a particular theme or interest, such as managing difficult situations, stress and resilience.  Guided relaxation sessions are often requested, which can impact on self awareness, general health and overall well-being. I have experience working systemically so can support any issues in workplace.

Maps & Directions

Wilmslow, SK9 1AA
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Please let me know what you may require


Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme