About me

As a trained counsellor I offer you a warm, compassionate approach within a safe, supportive relationship.  I provide individual counselling for adults of any age either short term, focussing on specific issues that may be distressing you, or offering open-ended longer term work to help you untangle more complicated difficulties you may be experiencing.

With kindness and respect we will work together to re-build your confidence and self-belief, to increase your own understanding of yourself and help you find the tools within to make the changes you want.

As an Integrative Counsellor I take a flexible approach and work with you as the unique individual you are.  Some of the reasons people have come to see me include:

Stress & anxiety                                                          Low mood/depression

Relationship problems                                                Loss/bereavement

Problems at work                                                        Problems with anger

Domestic violence                                                        Rape/sexual abuse

Major life changes                                                        Health issues

Complex trauma                                             

Often there are a combination of factors which lead to overwhelm.

Gently, together, we can unravel your difficulties and find a way through; alleviating your distress and increasing your sense of wellbeing and hope for the future with a renewed sense of choice in life.

Together we would agree on what seems particularly important for you and decide what might be a useful number of sessions. Our aim would be to explore your situation, get to understand what is happening for you and why and then support you in creating the changes you need.

Counselling is not an easy option; it can be emotionally demanding and challenging, as we are faced with ourselves and our attitudes and limitations.    It is my hope that all this is achieved within a warm, accepting environment which respects you and totally accepts who you are.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling (University of Leicester)
  • AAMET Level 2 Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique 
  • Certificate in Lifespan Integration: levels 1 and 2
  • Certificate in Relational Supervision

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Certificate of Proficiency

Counsellor in NHS GP surgery (Birmingham)
Counsellor with Rape & Sexual Violence Project (Birmingham)
Private Practice

Further Training
Working with Anxiety
Working with Attachment, Trauma & Dissociation
Understanding & Working with Dissociation
Dissociative States and Child Abuse
Working with Survivors of Sexual Torture
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specialist training and experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse and complex trauma, including dissociative states and D.I.D.  I have a real passion for working with people to find freedom and release from the chains of the past.

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Full hour session: £50


Wednesday or Friday

Further information

I am a certified practitioner of the Emotional Freedom Technique.  This is a gentle way of releasing ourselves from stuck emotions or patterns of behaviour/thought.  By skilful focussing on the issues concerned and then guided tapping using one's own fingertips, tapping on specific parts of the head and upper body, it is possible to find release and freedom from fears and phobias and deep emotional wounds that limit us.

I can provide this as a stand alone therapy or incorporated into counselling sessions.

Birmingham Holistic Health Centre
180 Lifford Lane
Kings Norton
West Midlands
B30 3NU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy room is located on the ground floor.

Sandra Wathall

Sandra Wathall