Dennis Lines MBACP, B Phil Ed (Counselling), Cert Ed
1 Holywell Lane
0121 453 2600
Dennis Lines, MBACP, Cert. Ed., M. Eng.: Are you struggling at the moment? Ever thought of getting the sort of help that friends and family just cannot provide? Why not try confidential counselling with an experienced therapist who offers a professional service at relatively low cost, one who has his feet firmly on the ground.
Are you a little fed up, lost your way, experiencing tension in your relationships or with your children; or just feeling a little down and depressed, bored or unfulfilled? Don't suffer alone; there is help at hand.
The Type of Counselling Offered?
I practice Brief Therapy and am a Supervised Member of BACP offering time-limited counselling of 3 - 6 sessions following an introductory interview. Having been a full-time School Counsellor for 25 years in a Birmingham secondary school which has recently become an Academy, I specialise in youth difficulties covering the whole range of teenage issues. I also offer individual and couples work with adults at my home, and in a general practice.
Where does Counselling occur?
Sessions occur in the main at my cottage which is situated at the foot of the Waseley Hills. I live in a private cul-de-sac less than a mile away from junction 4 of the M5 motorway, along the A38 at Rubery, towards Longbridge and Birmingham.
I formerly trained in engineering, as a toolmaker, before moving into education and becoming a teacher in a secondary school. Finally I trained to become an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I have practised widely in various settings, which include schools and colleges, GP surgeries and training centres.
I have an interest in research and psychology, in religious and nonreligious spirituality, as well as in British classical cars, youth work. Since formal retirement, I generally occupy myself with lecturing and writing: my books can be accessed on Amazon.
Training, qualifications & experience
I first received a Diploma in Counselling Skills in 1985 under Dr Windy Dryden, a REBT therapist. A little later in 1995 I achieved a B Phil in Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice at West Hill College under Bill O'Connor, a solution-focused therapist, and Janet Bellamy, a psychodynamic practitioner.
Many years have been spent in youth work, both in running youth clubs and finally in the setting of a modern Academy
I am a counselling supervisor and I have given frequent seminars and have lectured widely, publishing books and papers in peer-reviewed academic journals. My five published works are on counselling-related topics, and include Brief Counselling in Schools (third edition), The Bullies, and Spirituality in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Apart from a distinguished career in secondary school teaching and counselling, I have delivered counselling in GP surgeries and in private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Apart from what has been outlined above, I am competent in dealing with spiritual and religious matters, both of a denominational and non-denominational nature. I have an interest in secular spirituality.
Many people have particular religious hangups originating from their past and family upbringing. I am well versed in theology and philosophy and have engaged clients in such issues with positive outcomes.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
Although I am prepared to have an initial private conversation on the telephone, there is normally planned an introductory session for 30 minutes, and for this there is a fee of £25.
Following on, if you feel comfortable - with no obligation - and would like to become a client, a few sessions (customarily 3-6) can be planned, each for a cost of £35. No other fees are incurred.
The Pressures of Daily Life
Modern life can be stressful and unfulfilling as well as satisfying - don't suffer alone, why not book a no-strings-attached introductory session. Plato wrote: ‘Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle’. A problem is only a 'problem' if it is a problem for you. I am at ease in dealing with a wide variety of difficulties.
Alternatively, your youngster or teenager may be a cause of anxiety and worry for you. I have many years of experience in working with teenagers and can rapidly form a rapport with them. Please feel free to make a telephone call if this is a source of conflict for you.
Practical Details When Making Contact
When calling, I will attempt to answer your call immediately, but owing to a slight disability I have I am not always able to get to the phone before the answerphone kicks in. It would be helpful therefore if you could kindly leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible (please don't withhold your number if you wish an immediate reply). You may feel content initially in outlining your problem by email, though I cannot guarantee a lengthy response through this medium.
The Way I Tend to Work
Generally speaking, I will not come over as an ‘expert’, since I believe that each individual can become the author of their own existence. As a therapist, my intention is to assist you in finding those inner resources, or to develop a range of skills, that may assist you in resolving your conflict, or in directing you to have a more fulfilled life.
In order to reach this objective, we shall explore a range of approaches and practical interventions that have been developed under CBT, solution focused and narrative models of psychotherapy. Alternatively, we may have cause, depending on the problem, to utilize all that has proved effective from humanistic therapy in an integrative manner, since I practice under the maxim that my 'client knows best' what hurts, and what can be of assistance. As a therapist, my role is to facilitate change for you to have a more productive and relatively stress-free life.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available for introduction and session work in the early evening, and over parts of the weekend, for those prospective clients who are at work during normal office hours.
Types of client