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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.​

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.​

Our Community Interest Company arm works predominantly with children and young people, and we also work with people of all ages. 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 neurodiversity (i.e. Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance - PDA, school refusal, eating difficulties, BPD, and bereavement.​

We offer a free 30 minute consultation where you can come and meet us and the animal team, and see what you think. We are located close to Derby City Centre and have parking facilities. We are also close to many bus routes in Alvaston. We can also offer sessions at Rosliston, near the forestry centre.

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 Children and Young People at the University of Derby.

Pluralistic Psychotherapy (complete in 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 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

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From £50.00 to £130.00

Additional information

We offer an introductory 20 minute chat, free of charge over the phone, where we can talk about your problems in general terms and check we are comfortable working together. If we feel that our training isn't suitable for the support you require we may signpost you to other resources. 

Initial Consultation -  room based counselling and psychotherapy - £75 (90mins)
​Before engaging in any therapeutic service, our policy requires all clients to have an assessment.  This allows us to gain information on a clients issues, concerns, therapeutic goals and jointly develop a treatment plan with each client. 

Counselling and Psychotherapy

£50 (60 minutes) (room based/phone/online)
£70 (90 minutes) (room based/phone/online)

For outdoor and animal assisted therapies we offer a free 30 minute consultation where you can me us and the animals at the site to check that you are comfortable with the setting before committing to working together.

Nature Based Therapies

Walk and talk/Outdoor therapies: £55 (60 minutes)
Walk and talk/Outdoor therapies: £75 (60 minutes)    

Initial Consultation -  Equine therapies - £100 (90mins)

Before engaging in any therapeutic service, our policy requires all clients to have an assessment.  This allows us to gain information on a clients issues, concerns, therapeutic goals and jointly develop a treatment plan with each client. 

Equine Facilitated Learning

£85 (90 minutes)                    
£70 (60 minutes - under 18s only)
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

£100 (90 minutes)                    
£130 (120 minutes)

Clinical Supervision

£80 (90 minutes - room based/online)

Equine Facilitated ​Clinical Supervision

£100 (90 minutes)

Additional information

  • Home visits will also be available with mileage charged at 45ppm on top of the appointment cost.
  • We can assist with case management and write reports at a charge of £25 an hour
  • A 10% discount will still be available for blocks of six sessions paid for in advance.
  • Since scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time specifically for your provision, a minimum of 48 hours’ notice is required for rescheduling or cancelling client appointments. Unless we reach a different agreement, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification.  
  • In the event of a serious accident, emergency, or other similar situation outside the/client’s control, please deal with your situation first and notify me at the earliest convenient time, or we will follow up with you typically within 24 to 48 hours of the missed appointment.   
  • Please note these are for private paying individuals, rates will vary when paying via EAP or insurance companies due to the increased financial & administrative requirements; rates are agreed with each company and will vary. Please call us if you wish to discuss further.


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Further information

Room based therapies are offered in Alvaston and Rosliston - parking available

Equine facilitated therapies are based at Alvaston - parking available. I can also come to you and work with you and your horses; please contact me for more details.

Clinical supervision are based at Alvaston and Rosliston - parking available. I can also come to you and work with you and your horses; please contact me for more details.

Panjab Times Site
Bridle Gate Lane
DE24 0QW


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

Toilets are not fully accessible.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


My vision for the supervisory sessions I offer and what I intend to create in my supervisory practice is a “…relational space…where the focus is on creative, joyous, collaborative learning and personal/professional growth which allows support and monitoring of the supervisees work for the welfare and safety of the client” (Sampson, 2006, p.1).

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Danielle Mills (PhD, PGCert, BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred)

Dr Danielle Mills (PhD, PGCert, BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred)