Dr Danielle Mills

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(PhD, PGCert, BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred)
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Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 6LS
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Pony Partnerships offers a unique environment where you can explore ways to improve your life.

Not everyone finds it easy to relate in a traditional way - the expectations attached to room based therapy, where we sit face to face, may feel overwhelming to some people. Here at Pony Partnerships, we offer a unique flexibility in the way that we work. We are a neurodivergence affirming practice, and some of our staff are neurodivergent themselves. We strive to be anti-ableist, antiracist, in support of gender and sexual diversity, and against discrimination in all its forms.

Therapy can be designed to suit the client, rather than expecting the client to fit into the therapy.

We have the capacity to work creatively, by building relationships with our therapists, as well as our animal partners, and the outdoor environment in which we are based.

As well as supporting clients with their general wellbeing and a range of mental health difficulties, some of our more specialist areas included working with neurodivergent clients (i.e. Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance - PDA) as well as school attendance difficulties, eating difficulties, and bereavement and loss. We work with people of all ages.

If you think that we might be able to help, please contact us via email to arrange a free 20 minute phone call/online meeting to discuss your needs. The next step would then be an assessment appointment (either online or in person) with Danielle to formulate an approach that will work for you, before allocating you to one of our team or adding you to our waiting list.

Once you have been allocated to a team member, we then offer a free 30 minute meet and greet where you can come and meet them (and the animal team if you've decided to go for an animal assisted approach) and see how you might work together. 

We are located near Etwall and have parking facilities as well as a fully accessible site.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working in the field of mental health since I was 18 and specialise in working with children and young people. I have experience of working within psychiatric inpatient care, community mental health settings, education settings and residential care within the statutory, private and voluntary sector. I am also a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

MSc Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (July 2022)

PhD Nursing Studies (June 2020)

HERD Faculty Member (May 2019)

Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (January 2019)

HERD Institute Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Certification (Existential-Integrative) (August 2018)

LEAP Senior Practitioner (October 2017)

Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method (October 2017)

LEAP Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Training (September 2015)

Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (June 2011)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.49 - £130.00
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please go to our website for up to date information on services and fees:


Rates will vary when paying via EAP/insurance companies or the Local Authority due to the increased financial and administrative requirements

When I work

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We offer a range of therapeutic approaches in a range of settings to suit you. We offer sessions on weekdays and some evenings in school term time.

Further information

As a neurodivergent person, finding a neurodivergent therapist has been a game changer for me! I work from a framework that views psychological difficulties as having multiple causes with it being unlikely that there is one 'right' therapeutic method that will be appropriate in all situations. Different people are helped by different things at different times. Let's work out what works for you.

Off Heage Lane, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 6LS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams


In person

I offer supervision from a relational perspective, with a focus on a collaborative supervisory alliance.

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Dr Danielle Mills
Dr Danielle Mills