Sunshine Barn

I passionately believes that anyone who is dealing with a distressing or challenging situation in life, whether an adult or a child, deserves a ‘safe place to land’ a place which is comforting, nurturing and non-clinical where they can find support and respite, and space to recover or think clearly.

Counselling and Coaching in Derbyshire with Frances Weston

Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside just outside Ashbourne, Sunshine Barn provides such a space. Redundant farm outbuildings have been sympathetically restored to provide a suite of therapy rooms for Brighter Futures Personal Growth.

Research in environmental psychology has provided evidence to support our instinctive knowledge that our physical environment does have a direct impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Feeling a sense of ease, safety and security about our surroundings enables us to be more relaxed and therefore be more open to reflection and learning.

Within Sunshine Barn, I have created a peaceful, private and cosy sanctuary for my clients. The rooms are homely and non-clinical, and are beautifully furnished. Several provide direct access into a private garden and paddock area, enabling my clients to interact with animals and nature if they wish. The accommodation includes:

Centrally located just 20 minutes from Derby on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, Sunshine Barn is situated on the edge of the village of Osmaston near Ashbourne, just off the A52.

Visitors to Sunshine Barn are assured of complete confidentiality and discretion at all times, and for clients in the public eye I can make arrangements to guarantee exclusive use of the facilities. Private, free parking is available adjacent to the property.

When people are experiencing distressing circumstances in their lives, the therapy hour can rush by very quickly, and people do not always feel ready to leave at the end of their session. Here at Sunshine Barn, they don’t have to. I encourage clients to take advantage of all that’s on offer here before or after their session– perhaps experiencing a treatment, relaxing with a book, having a snooze, or sitting peacefully in the garden. Parents of our younger clients, and other visitors to Sunshine Barn – here on retreats, training events and workshops, can also benefit from all it has to offer.

Please note: I work with clients from all over the UK, and some from abroad, so if you live too far from Derbyshire to visit in person, don’t worry! Sessions can be held via Zoom in the comfort of your home or office (Zoom sessions are only available for Adults at this time).

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Are you ready to find out more about working with me? If you are interested in a high touch, specialist programme then let's have a chat . . .

Potential programme clients are always offered a free 30 minute telephone consultation with me, which can be booked by clicking the button below. It’s called a Clarity Call, and it is a chance for you to tell me more about yourself – or your child – and your situation, and it enables me to get a sense of you, or your child, what your needs are and how I can serve you best. If we feel like a good fit, I can explain more about the programmes I offer and you can ask me any questions you may have.