Stepping Stone Therapy

About Emma


I’m Emma Ashford

Training as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist (amongst other things) was a logical step for me and it helped me to build on my interests and passions.

My interest in helping people to overcome challenges has always been a part of me. I read books about therapy & personal development as a child & was fascinated by the potential we have to love our best lives despite challenges we may face.

Over the years since establishing my private practice in 2011, I have worked with countless clients on widely varied issues. My goal is always to support you to move past whatever problems you are facing to find the state of peace and wellbeing you are looking for. I love to help you identify your strengths, develop coping mechanisms, learn how to better manage your thoughts and ultimately achieve your goals. I have developed my areas of specialism but ultimately enjoy the variety that exists when working with people. 

My Professional Bio

Professional Standards ▽

•British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

•General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

•British Sleep Society

•I hold a current DBS check and am supervised to ensure my work is always of the highest standard, ethical and professional.

•I am fully insured.

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Most Relevant Qualifications ▽

Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) – 2011

Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DipH) – 2011

Diploma in Life Coaching

Diploma in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Treating Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

BACP Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

    • Positive Psychology
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
    • Brief Solution Focused Therapy with Difficult and Complex Clients

Certificate in Anxiety, Stress and Panic

Hypnotherapy for IVF

Working with Eating Disorders

Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills

Hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Hypnotherapy with Children

Parts Work

Key Achievements ▽
  • Coming up to celebrating my 10th year in private practice in my hometown of Sheffield
  • Delivering workshops to key organisations such as Derbyshire County Council, NatWest Bank and South Yorkshire Police
  • Writing and publishing my first book in 2013
  • Delivering training on sleeping well as a shift worker to thousands of Police Officers through the ‘Street Skills’ Programme.
  • Raising the profile of sleep issues in various publications such as Natural Health Magazine and on the radio.
  • Being featured on BBC’s Look North during the Covid 19 global health pandemic.

Featured In:


I have been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Natural Health Magazine, Healthy Magazine and was a regular contributor to the Sheffield Star advice section. I have been interviewed on radio, in the Sheffield Star and feature on podcasts. I was a finalist for a National Business Award (2019) for my work in establishing ‘Sleep Seekers’ to help people overcome insomnia and sleep problems.

Over the years in my private practice I have developed various programmes and masterclasses on common issues which are now available online for easy and affordable access. This led to me founding Managing Mindswhich provides trainings and resources for managing stress and improving self esteem amongst other issues.

I run a number of workshops for other therapists and professionals as well as training sessions / speaking in areas such as sleep and stress management for companies such as NatWest and South Yorkshire Police.

I have a programme of workshops and events run on various topics and will often arrange these on topics requested by clients.

I am the author of ‘QuickCalm: Bringing moments of calm to busy lives’ which is full of five minute solutions for taking control of stress.


What My Clients Are Saying



Emma is easy to talk to, never judges and makes you feel so comfortable. I can’t recommend Emma enough, she’s given me my life back.”


I would like to say how easy Emma made this process feel, I have spoken to her before so coming back to her felt like coming back to an old friend, she has a real life approach which makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend. I can’t thank her enough for working with me to get me where I am today.


I am living a much happier life since my sessions with Emma.”


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