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St Ives Therapy

Live Your Best Life

First, let me offer a warm welcome.

Finding a therapist and deciding to seek help and support can be quite a step so as you find yourself here reading this, I would like to say hello and welcome.

I offer a safe and accepting environment without judgment to help you explore your present difficulties and consider how your past experiences or thoughts on the future could be impacting your life now.

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About Me

I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. I work relationally, meaning the relationship that we co-create is at the heart of your therapy therefore the connection we have is a fundamental component of our time together. I offer a safe and calm environment to help you grow towards a more harmonious way of being.

During our time together we can look at what has brought you to seek help and together we can work towards enhancing your self-awareness enabling you to manage yourself and your life in a more pleasing way. In working with your emotions and feeling, which can be overwhelming, we will find a way together, guiding you to where you would like to be.

I work within multiple modalities: Person Centred Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and dream work. This enables me to guide and support you, as an individual to take the steps together at your pace in a confidential and comfortable environment.

Life is too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop ways to handle the issues that may be standing in the way of you living the life you want.

I am also a clinical supervisor,  supervising both students and qualified counsellors within my integrated relational approach.

I am also a counselling lead managing students on placement supporting them in their final year of studies to become a qualified counsellor. 


Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have helped my clients break through the obstacles which seem to be holding them back in life. My previous post, working with young people in an educational setting, was highly rewarding in being able to support the next generation with their mental health needs. 

In addition to this, I have experience working with MIND and adult individuals. I feel passionate that mental health support is, and should be available to all and everyone. Therefore, I welcome you to get in contact with me so we can discuss your needs.


I trained with the only NHS endorsed training institute for counselling and psychotherapy in the country. Kent and Medway NHS and social care partnership trust is a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited course, I was very privileged to complete my training in this way. The training I complete to become a counsellor and psychotherapist was intense and gave me the necessary academic education and experience to not only feel but be good enough and competent in my practice. I have also completed additional training with MIND.

I have a full and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. I am also registered and GDPR compliant.


During our time together we can look at what has brought you to seek help and together we can work towards enhancing your self-awareness, enabling you to manage yourself and your life in a more pleasing way for you.


In working with your emotions and feeling, which can be overwhelming, we will find a way together, guiding you to where you would like to be.

Get in Touch

Let's talk suicide.......

I am a member of the orange button army 

Launched by Cornwall Council and the local NHS the ‘Orange Button Community Scheme’ aims to make people who have received mental health and suicide prevention training more visible to those who need support.

I have undertaken extensive suicide prevention training.

Please get in touch to discuss your thoughts. 

I care, I will support and I will listen. 


  • Comfortable to say / hear the word suicide

  • Can listen without judgement

  • Can inform people where to find help and support


Clinical Supervision

I am currently studying towards my Diploma in Supervision, this is an advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS).

This qualification will allow me to supervise and hold clinical responsibility for my counseling supervisees who work within a  professional code of ethics.

I am learning about a number of supervision models and the characteristics and features of each.

I am learning to sensitise myself to the implications of my own behaviours, interjections and interventions to best support my supervisees with the best interest of themselves and their clients while reviewing the impact of my supervisory styles.

I am building awareness of the importance of ethical principles and frameworks within my supervisory practice while critically evaluating ethical approaches to supervision.

I am practicing and developing my own supervision skills and therefore asking you would like free clinical supervision until March 2022 please do get in touch.

Please do get in touch to see if we could be a good match - the session will be delivered on the online platfrom of zoom. 


Here for you

In the darkness, together, let us find your light.

Specialising in




Abuse and complex trauma

Counselling during Corona Virus

Online and telephone counselling


Life after loss

Cost of war

Domestic Violence for all 

Working with men

Working with young people (age 14 and above)

Working with armed forces 

Working with front Lineworkers 

Working with elderly

Working with LGBTQI+


Humanistic Therapy 
Existential Therapy 
Psychodynamic Therapy 
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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As an integrative therapist, I work within multiped modalities. Simply put, this means I am skilled and knowledgeable in multiple ways of working from a range of psychological theories and styles to suit you. This is beneficial to you, as a client, as I can work seamlessly to ensure you have the therapy that is as unique and individual as you are.


Bringing a focus towards your self-development, growth and recognition to your strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'.  I can offer you a  safe, supportive space where, together, we will explore you and your potential. Ultimately, working towards developing your own personal growth - mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Humanistic therapy (also referred to as person-centred therapy) is a client-led style of therapy looking at an individual's self-worth and values. 

Existential Therapy

Focusing on exploring the meaning of certain issues from a philosophical perspective. this approach is often helpful and can be helpful in exploring existential crises and anxieties. 

Psychodynamic Therapy

This modality looks at and explores your unconscious thoughts and perceptions developed throughout your childhood, and how this may affect your current behaviour and thoughts. 

Unlike other forms of therapy, psychodynamic therapy aims to help create deep-seated change in your emotional development. In our time together we will look at finding an understanding and resolution to your problems by increasing your awareness of your inner self and how this can influence your relationships.  

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

This style of therapy is based on the way you think and/or the way you behave. These therapies recognise that it is possible to change our thoughts or behaviour to overcome specific problems.

Meditation by the Sea

Due to the Coronavirus situation, I have been working online offering sessions on Skype or Zoom.

I can now offer ‘Covid safe’ face-to-face sessions from my comfortable therapy room in either Hayle, St Ives and Pool. All locations are central and easy to access on public transport. I also offer walking or outdoor taking therapy.

I would like to work towards offering a service that most suits your needs. Therefore, I offer a free half an hour initial session by phone/video call to allow you to decide if we might work effectively together and which format that suits you.

Many organisations offer Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP). This is offered to help and assist employees deal with difficulties that may impact or affect their performance at work. I accept EAP referrals, please contact me to discuss further.

I understand life can be busy and finding time to prioritise your wellbeing is important but not always easy. Therefore, I am available outside of normal working hours and do have a limited amount of evening and or weekend appointments available.

Please get in touch to discuss your needs



Yellow Room

Dowren House

Foundry Lane


TR27 4HD

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Outdoor Therapy

Our session takes place outdoors or walking side by side, were you lead the pace just like a traditional session. Walking side by side could be more comfortable for you and could help release inhibition.

It can be taken as an introduction to counselling, followed up by a more formal type of therapy if you are apprehensive about being alone in a room with a therapist looking at you. Equally, we could initially meet in my therapy room to make arrangements. Walking or being in the fresh air sometimes allows for a preferable engagement.

How about the weather?

I am not deterred by a few drops of rain, but it is your call. We can make arrangements for poor weather sessions at our initial consultation. A suitable alternative could be swapping to telephone or video calls for adverse weather conditions. 

During our first session, we would discuss issues of confidentiality and how we would negotiate encountering other people or people either of us knows when out walking.

The focus of walking and outdoor therapy is not for exercise, it is on your process and what you are comfortable with. 


Online Therapy

For your comfort, I am happy to continue to offer an online service if this is what you feel comfortable with.

Online therapy allows you to get the help you need, wherever you are, during a time that suits you.

I have found Skype and Zoom a safe and confidential platform for us to connect and work together, I have also found it very user friendly. We would discuss how this could work for you during our initial telephone conversation.

Online therapy is an ideal way for many individuals to seek confidential and professional support.

Given the current COVID situation I am happy to tailor a means of therapy that suits you and is comfortable for you - perhaps this could be a mixture of online/face-to-face/walking therapy. please get in touch to discuss what may suit your needs best.


F & Q

This is a list of the most commonly asked question  


What are the next steps?

I offer a free 30-minuite telephone or video call for you to decide if we may be able to work together.

What are your fees?

£40.00 per session, each session will normally be 50 minutes, weekly with pre-arranged and agreed time and venue.

How many session will I need?

This is a very difficult question to answer. Therapy is as unique and individual as you are, therefore, it is impossible to say at this stage. May I suggest we have an initial free 30-minute telephone/video call conversation and if you feel you would like to meet; we arrange an initial session.

During our initial consultation would agree in an initial contract that best suits you with a view to reviewing as and when we both felt necessary.

Should you wish to start therapy with me we would schedule an initial 6-week course of treatment with a view to review and extend if we both feel this is the best way forward for you.

Open-ended therapy is great if you feel time-limited therapy may add pressure. Open-ended therapy is an agreement where a deeper level of processing can happen.

How often do we meet?

Usually once a week at an agreed location and time. If this needs to be changed for any reason we can discuss this as we go.

what can I help with?

  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders


  • Family and relationship issues

  • Substance abuse and other addictions

  • Anger management

  • Asperger syndrome   

  • Sexual abuse and domestic violence

  • Eating disorders

  • Career change and job stress

  • Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness

  • Adopting to life transitions

  • The death of a loved one

  • Loss and grieving

  • Self-harm

  • Your relationships

  • Your childhood

  • Your feelings, emotions or thoughts

  • Your behaviour

  • Past and present life events

  • Situations you find difficult

How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially, who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. I can offer you a regular time for you to explore your feelings and talk about any problems you are experiencing. I can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to move forward and get the most out of life.

Still have more questions? Get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer them as soon as possible.


Ange Ashton

Counselling and Psychotherapy

St Ives and Hayle


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