About me

Are you facing a challenge and looking for help at the moment? Are you looking for therapy that offers:

  • A supportive way of identifying unhelpful patterns, thoughts or behaviours, as well as effective ways to change these?
  • Options in how to tackle a difficulty, using appropriate methods that suit you?
  • Specialist support for various mental health problems, that tailors established treatment protocols and evidence treatment plans to suit your needs?
  • Time with a skilled professional who is not there to judge you, or give advice, and help you find ways of coping or changing?

I have ten years experience as a therapist. I offer the following therapeutic approaches;

  • Humanistic therapy; Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) and Transactional Analysis (TA);
  • Psychosynthesis; or, ‘soul’ psychology;
  • Cognitive behavioural therapies; ‘traditional CBT’, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness based therapy (MBT).

I can support you with the following difficulties:

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  • Life changes and stress;
  • Loss and bereavement;
  • Recovering from bullying and abuse;
  • Work related stress or challenges;
  • Confidence and low self esteem;
  • Anxiety, panic, OCD, social anxiety and phobias;
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD);
  • Other problems, or taking a 'non-diagnostic' approach.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or to arrange a free of charge 30 minute consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have offered therapy in the following services:

I have worked as a therapist for ten years. I have used a range of skills and techniques to provide support, to become ‘unstuck’, or to move forward in life.

  • Women’s Aid counselling, supporting people who have experienced abuse and violence.
  • A hospice counselling service, supporting people affected by life limiting illnesses, palliative care or bereavement.
  • An NHS staff therapy service - supporting all staff experiencing a range of life issues, particularly work related stress/trauma.
  • An NHS mental health service (IAPT), working with people experiencing a range of difficulties, mostly common mental health problems such as anxiety, PTSD, OCD.

I have the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Birmingham, 2019 - 2020);
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching (Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, 2018);
  • Master’s Degree (MSc) in Counselling Psychology (Keele University, 2010-2013).

I have attended various professional development days and further training, including:

  • CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (pending, 2020)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (University of Birmingham, 2020)
  • Issues of race and racism in therapy (Black and Asian Therapy Network, 2020)
  • Trauma Recovery Therapy, including Polyvagal Theory (Action Trauma, 2020)
  • Race and the black/white conversation (Black and Asian Therapy Network, 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis (Institute of Psychosynthesis, 2018)
  • Mediation (Peacekeepers Member, 2018)
  • Suicide Management - keeping safe (NHS Psychiatry Services, 2018)
  • Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2018)
  • Stress Management; Physiology and Health (International Stress Management Association, 2018)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) including Psychological First Aid (CISM Trainer, 2016)
  • Various Bereavement and Palliative care courses, such as Sex and Intimacy in Palliative Care (Blythe House Hospice, 2013); and, Good Practise in Palliative Care (New York Cancer Care, 2014)
  • Working with Sexual Abuse (Vysyon Counselling, 2011)
  • An Introduction to Mindfulness (Mind, 2011)

I am registered with the following professional standards authorities:

  • The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP);
  • The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

I follow guidance for good practise, and so I am committed to:

  • Evidence based practise through attending professional development courses;
  • Following up to date good practice guidance and ethical practise guidelines, including appropriate supervision;
  • Offering and continuously developing anti-oppressive practise (see statement);
  • Accountability - I am DBS registered and insured;
  • Monitoring feedback from people who choose to work with me, to make continuous service improvements.

Member organisations


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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.

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What can I expect to happen in sessions?

The prospect of sessions might feel daunting, so here is an idea of what to expect:

  • Time to talk the problem through;
  • Agreeing on how best to support you achieve a helpful outcome;
  • Reviewing regularly how you’re finding therapy is progressing;
  • A wellbeing plan at the end of therapy for you to take away with you.

Where will sessions take place?
Sessions take place via telephone or online at the moment due to Covid precautions.

I am happy to use a video conferencing platform of your choice, though I suggest encrypted platforms that protect privacy.

I have some suggestions to help online sessions run smoothly which we can discuss before our first session.

Previously I have offered face to faces sessions in the beautiful locations of the Torus Wellbeing Clinic and Brighter Spaces.

What will sessions be like?
Sessions last 50 minutes, unless otherwise agreed.

In the first session, I share important points about therapy for you to be aware of, such as confidentiality, ensuring your safety, and what to do if you need to reschedule. We can discuss your reason for attending therapy.

Once we have a shared understanding of what the problem is, I will work with you to create a plan to meet your needs and work towards your purpose for attending.

If you find it useful during therapy we can set a plan for each session. We could also complete questionnaires to monitor changes or progress made in therapy if you would find that useful. If you prefer to keep sessions more ‘open’ and flexible I can also work in this way.

Before we end therapy we can complete a wellbeing plan for you to take away and consolidate what has been useful.

How many sessions can I have?
The number if sessions will depend on your goal. With some people as little as 3 has been effective, other people may find anything from 6 to 20 beneficial. There are recommendations for ideal session numbers, depending on what your problem is, however ultimately, the aim of therapy is to help you find solutions to problems in as few sessions as possible. The reason for this is to help you feel you can cope yourself.

Sessions can be weekly or fortnightly. As we come towards ending therapy it can be useful to plan leave longer gaps.

We can discuss what your needs are to agree a number of sessions, or work flexibly.

When do you offer appointments?
I offer appointments on Thursday and Friday daytimes, as well as Thursday evenings and weekend appointments.

I generally aim to keep the same day/time, if possible.

Do you work with organisations for employee wellbeing, EAPs, or provide bespoke group sessions?
I offer workplace workshops and have experience working with a number of EAPs (Employee Assistance Programmes).

Group sessions I’ve delivered in the past include relaxation sessions, stress management workshops, and holistic wellbeing. I have also lectured in psychology / trauma, so can deliver relevant topics.

I offer group systemic coaching using Psychosynthesis. This is often used in the workplace and can be a very powerful method of addressing group difficulties.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Concessions offered for

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


Cemetery Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Thursdays and Fridays daytimes. Evening and weekend appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Ashley Yarwood

Ashley Yarwood