Our Ethos

We offer services to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing so that people can live inclusive, joyful lives. We want to work with everyone and help to create a better place by tackling challenging behaviour.

Fun, Play and Creativity are central to our approach as we embrace people in their surroundings, to create meaningful connection.  

Our aspirations are to enable and empower individual, groups and societies to make sense of the world around them and their experiences so that they can see resources needed for a good healthy, balanced life.

Exploring and valuing strengths, gifts and talents within individuals, groups and societies enables an increase in control, autonomy, to improve emotional, social, spiritual and physical health and wellbeing. Relationships are key to us.

Mental Health Promotion is about living well and building resourcefulness through meaningful connections and having a sense of belonging.

Marnie Aston

Founder and Lead Psychologist 

Throughout Marnie’s life spirituality has assisted her to swim and survive in the ‘River of Life’. Daily Mindfulness practice and visualisations are central to her wellbeing.

Marnie Aston believes that all people should be treated with kindness, compassion and respect and has always strived for inclusion and to give a voice and recognition to those who are not heard. For over 30 years Marnie has worked with children, families and in communities throughout the country. Work and training has included: safeguarding and supporting families, establishing a drop in centre for adults with mental health challenges, establishing a crèche and parenting programme for adults using drugs, working in a mental health care in the community project, with children and adults who have experienced trauma, loss and abuse, extensively with people with disabilities and or special educational needs, specialised in working with children and young people who show emotions and feelings in ways that can be challenging for others. It is important to Marnie that people see different perspectives and hear different views about situations, that people come together to build strength and move forward to make a situation positive and of course, inclusive for everyone. Marnie believes that relationships as key in life.

Marnie gained her Phd from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic London with research researching and eliciting young people’s views about Mental Health Promotion in Schools. A whole School Audit Tool has been developed from these views and supports schools in developing good relationships, in promoting mental health and inclusion. Emotion Coaching weaves perfectly into this whole school approach.

Throughout Marnie’s career she has developed whole school listening services; was central to the development of a CAMHS in Schools Listening project called ASPEN; has developed Child Centred Reviews and meetings; developed and delivered various training and workshops based on relationships, listening, compassion and kindness.

As a graphic and process facilitator Hermione Aston has delivered and trained many people to use Person Centred planning Approaches and uses approaches and philosophy in her work. Relationships, Inclusion and Wellbeing are central to Marnie’s core values and being.


Gemma Daniel

Associate Assistant Psychologist 

Gemma has completed a degree in Psychology at Aston University. Following this, Gemma has utilised her knowledge working in specialist schools for autism, Emotional Needs and mainstream schools with pupils at risk of exclusion. She has also worked as an assistant psychologist, in a day service for adults with a learning disability and now works as a senior care practitioner in a children’s home specialised for children with learning disabilities and autism. While in education Gemma has also worked as a swimming teacher, teaching all ages, in mental health forensic units for adults and as a community support worker for children with a range of complex needs. 

Gemma has also been involved in a few research projects. These have looked at sex differences in young people with conduct needs, ADHD symptoms in Looked After children and the link between social inclusion and mental health. Gemma’s interests include trauma and attachment, and how these impact young people later in life. Gemma is now beginning a MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice at the University of Edinburgh. 

Nicky Clark

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Nicky is a highly motivated, responsible, hardworking, conscientious individual with over 22 years’ experience at senior speech and language therapist level.


Nicky supports young people of all ages with difficulties with a specific speech disorder and/or developmental language disorder. Nicky also has a special interest in stammering. She provides training to staff and parents to support young people’s communication difficulties both at home and in the classroom.

Working Relationships

Here are some of our favourite people to work with

Inclusive Solutions

Colin Newton and Derek Wilson are Co-founders and Directors of Inclusive Solutions. Together they have a combined experience of over 65 years experience as educational psychologists working across the UK.

For 15 years since founding Inclusive Solutions they have offered a range of inspiring inclusion oriented services including casework, person centred planning, innovative training and community building. Previously as Principal and Senior strategic Educational Psychologists in Nottingham City LEA, they bring a wealth of practical, applied solutions and processes from their work with children and young people with exceptional needs aged between 0-19.

You can visit their website here.

Mindfulness CIC

Mindfulness CIC is a Community Interest Company that focuses on meditation and mindfulness. 

Gaynor Quilter and Marnie have developed a joint venture of Mindfulness & The Arts that is gaining popularity.

Gaynor and Marnie are passionate about their joint work and have a lot fun working together.

Information on events can be found in our Events page

You can visit their website here.

Emotion Coaching UK

Emotion Coaching UK is a relationship based approach. Based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationship provide 'optimal conditions for promoting emotional well-being'.

Marnie is a lead trainer and loves to work with the founders, Dr. Janet Rose, Dr. Louise Gilbert and Licette Gus.

You can visit their website here.

Selina Rainford

London based, contemporary portrait & lifestyle photographer, specialising in studio, personal events, fashion & on location photography.

Selina is also an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist in training with experience of working with Dementia care patients, moving onto supporting individuals struggling with substance misuse.

You can visit her website here

Ashby Holistic Centre

Marion McGeough is a Reiki Master, teaching both reiki & crystal healing as well as being an international best-selling author, psychotherapist, and owner of Ashby Holistic Centre. Marion is also the founder of the International Guild of Complementary Therapists in partnership with Towergate Insurance.

The Holistic Centre and the Guild have been established to bring complementary therapists together so that we can create a warm and supportive family of liked minded, positive people. An ever-growing range of complementary therapies are available, and this list continues to grow as the number of independent therapists who use our therapy rooms to either teach or treat clients expands. We currently offer talking therapies, reiki treatments & courses, crystal healing treatments and courses, reflexology, food intolerance testing and we will soon be offering a foot clinic.

We also have a shop stocked with lovely holistic treats and gifts. Why not come and visit us?

Ashby Holistic Centre

Charnwood Forest Alpacas


We work with Charnwood Forest Alpacas, who are based just outside Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the heart of the East Midlands.


Charwood Forest Alpacas are passionate about Cognitive Animal Learning Methods (CALMS), ensuring individual learning needs are met in and outside the classroom.


Check out their website to learn more.




The Root of it

Richard Daniel Curtis is an internationally renowned behaviour expert and mentor, founded in developmental psychology, passionate about helping millions understand mental health and psychology.​

He provides professional mentoring for school leaders,  special needs coordinators, families and young people amongst others.  He runs The Mentoring School.