Daniel Bains

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Oldbury B68 & Sutton Coldfield B74
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Maybe now feels like the time for change.

You may feel stuck, overwhelmed or unsure where to go next.

Or notice anxious thoughts seem to take over. The critical voice feels overbearing and depression seems to block you moving forward.

I know that feeling. I've been there myself.

I want to offer hope that things can change.

That therapy can support this change.

That we can work together to make that possible.


I provide an active relationship supporting you where you are right now. Helping you move towards where you want to be.

In Therapy:

  • Learn to challenge the critical voice.
  • Find out what you really want in life and how to get there. 
  • Discover how to say no and how to communicate your needs. 
  • Find a life that brings you peace, joy and balance.
  • Gain confidence and self-belief, allowing you to move forward.
  • Process your emotions and past challenges in a supportive environment, learning to let go of what no longer serves you.
  • Break cycles of self-sabotage and allow space for success. 
  • Form healthy relationships with others and most importantly with yourself.
  • Begin to trust in your self again. Trust in your judgement and decisions. Trust in the process. 
  • Regain your spark and sense of joy for life.
  • Rediscover a sense of hope.

What do I bring?

I have a decade of experience in mental health support. Helping people when they feel stuck and supporting them in reaching their goals. I'm trained Integratively using Person-centred, Gestalt and CBT techniques.

I take an active, creative role in our work and in the relationship. Helping us explore new possibilities and ways forward.

This can be especially useful when you feel stuck. Or prefer a dynamic therapist who is going to challenge you at times.

I'm here to help you become comfortable in the uncomfortable. This is where the personal growth and development is.

The process:

I understand you have specific needs and see you as an individual. I'm here to tailor my approach through feedback, in a way that supports you most.

We'll work collaboratively. I'll be by your side each step of the way. I'll be there to support and challenge you in moving forward. Whilst adapting my approach, ensuring you get the most out of our sessions. 

Where do we start?

  • We'll begin by unpacking what's brought you to therapy.
  • Understanding where the barriers seem to be.
  • We'll identify strategies to help you move forward. 
  • To regain your momentum. 
  • Toward feeling like you are back in control.

How does it work?

Set up a 30minute introductory call free of charge. Find out more about me, how I work and whether it feels like the right fit.

From there I leave you the space to reflect. If you wish to begin simply reach out by text or email and we'll book an initial session.

The introductory session gives us space to clarify what you need from therapy and what I can provide. With space for any questions about the process.

When you are ready to reach out.

I'm here.


You can book a free call directly in my diary below:


If the availability doesn't suit you can send me a text or email and we'll arrange a convenient time. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional training:

  • Level 5 BACP Integrative Counselling Diploma 
  • Counselling Diploma
  • Counselling Skills 

Specialised support with

  • Anxiety/ Depression
  • Trauma/ Generational Trauma
  • Grief & Bereavement 
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Managing Stress
  • Relationships
  • Substance Misuse & Behavioural Addiction


  • Freelance Counsellor for Murray Hall Community Trust
  • Volunteer Counsellor for St. Martin's Counselling Service
  • Specialist Mental Health Mentor for Barry Bennetts
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Welfare Rights Adviser
  • Welfare Advice Lead 


Frequently Asked Questions:

How many sessions will I need?
I recommend working for 6 sessions at which point we can review progress so far and check we are moving towards your goals. 

Are the sessions confidential?
What is said during the session remains confidential unless there are any safeguarding concerns which would be discussed with you. I discuss cases with a supervisor to ensure the highest quality of care, but your identity is protected during these sessions.

How does payment work?
The introductory session is free via phone or video. There is a £10 charge for this to be in-person. All introductory sessions are 30-minutes long. If we agree to move forward, sessions cost £45 and last for 50-minutes. Payments to be made by bank transfer prior to the session. 

What can I expect during sessions?
We can clarify what support you need, what I can offer and how therapy can be used as a tool to support you. We may cover topics from the past and how that impacts you today. Whether there are any current challenges in your life you need support with. Or areas that you feel stuck. Counselling can be useful to process challenging thoughts, feelings and emotions within the safety of the space. I will be there to support you through this process. 

Can I see you in person or online?
I provide counselling in person, online and by phone. With use of a quiet and comfortable space in Oldbury or Sutton Coldfield for in person sessions. Upon confirmation I send out an email with instructions on how to get to either centre with information on parking. For online sessions we'll meet via googlemeet. I send out a link to you via email weekly. 


My role is in helping you gain awareness of how you think, feel and behave. Supporting you to find new ways- aiming toward personal growth. Although I won't give you direct advice, I will provide suggestions and we can work on solutions together. Discovering what you need in order to move forward. 


Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekend sessions are available by request.

Further information

Introductory sessions can be held in person for £10 if preferred. Please let me know in your initial contact. 



07405 221 011



Direct Booking for Free Introductory Session:


454 Hagley Road West, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 0DL

Unit 6, Astor House, 282 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 2UG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet