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About me

Hello, I'm Demi.

​The decision to seek therapy /counselling can feel scary and unsettling, particularly when you feel you should be able to cope with what's bothering you on your own. I have been in a similar position having had my own therapy

I became a therapist because my own journey through therapy showed me how positive and powerful it can be, the influence it can have on relationships with ourselves and others, as well as our sense of happiness in life.

I hope to reassure you that taking the step to seek help through counselling will be the beginning of your journey in creating change towards a positive future. I have empathy and experience of how struggles can affect our life

Do you ever feel uneasy, anxious, worried or that something is going to go wrong but find yourself not knowing where these feelings have come from?

Do you find yourself falling into unhelpful patterns, struggling to set healthy boundaries and be able to say no?

Maybe you are constantly comparing yourself to others, have low self - esteem, maybe it is the way you think about and treat yourself that has brought you here.

Are you feeling insecure, have you lost confidence in your own abilities or find yourself being drawn to unhealthy relationships?

You don't have to do this alone I'm here to help you

It is easy to become stuck in unhelpful habits and patterns in the way we think feel and behave. I would love the opportunity to help you to understand more about the reasons behind this and where difficult feelings or limiting beliefs come from making sense of your experiences, so that you can feel better about yourself and happier in life.

When feeling overwhelmed it is easy to lose sight of how resourceful we are. My aim is to help you reconnect with your strengths, to build your resilience and sense of well-being. This enables you to make changes to the choices you are making.

As a therapist, I invest my time in helping people to cope and manage life's challenges more effectively, by this I mean supporting you in developing your own ‘toolkit’ so that you can choose the best tool to help you. The aim being at the end of your journey in therapy you will no longer need me to accompany you, feeling more confident, taking your toolkit with you.

Supporting you in developing your own ‘toolkit’ so that you can choose the best tool to help you.

I know the decision to seek therapy can feel unsettling, unsure of what to expect when accessing outside help. We all need help sometimes and now might be that time for you

I, therefore, feel it is my job to put you at ease, by being warm, open and honest. I not only have empathy but experience of how struggles can influence every aspect of life. Our ability to sleep, appetite, our moods and our response to those around us.

​The basis of my work is establishing a trusting relationship in an environment that you feel safe, free from any judgement allowing you to explore difficulties, your thoughts and feelings. I know how important this was to me when I was the client

I work integratively put simply I blend different elements of specific approaches. This means that our work together can be tailored to meet your needs, these are often individual and unique to you and your situation. I work following your direction and helping you to feel comfortable.

Sessions can take place in a purpose built therapy room (see photos) or in the comfort of your own home working on a short term and on an open-ended basis, sessions last for 50 minutes and take place weekly but overall it is you who is in charge.

You are welcome to email me to book a free 20 minute phone call to give you the chance to ask any questions you might have. It gives both of us a chance to get to know each other better. A quick chat over the phone means you can see whether you feel a natural 'click'.

My website can tell you more: www.dstherapy.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I work in line with their guidelines for professional and ethical practice to keep us both safe.

I am a member of Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)


I work with people who are facing a variety of difficulties, I have specific experience working with those low self esteem and low self confidence.

I have several years experience working for charities both as a volunteer for a national childrens charity as a volunteer counsellor offering support, comfort and practical support to children and young people. In addition to working for a national mental health charity as a Mental Health Recovery Worker supporting adults experiencing any levels of stress, distress or anxiety.

  • BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology Degree
  • Edexcel Therapeutic Diploma (Level 5)
  • NCFE Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 3)
  • NCFE Counselling Skills Training qualifications and experience and Theory (Level 2)
  • NCFE Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 3)
  • NCFE Certificate in Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities (Level 2)
  • NCFE Certificate in Common Health Conditions (Level 2)
  • NCFE Certificate in Awareness of mental health problems (Level 2)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


  • Child protection training
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) training
  • Infant loss training.
  • Directed sand tray workshop
  • Utilizing photography in counselling workshop
  • Training to work online through Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) provider
  • Dealing with distress : Working with suicide and self - harm
  • ​Women and problem gambling

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.


The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative

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Sessions are £35 (50 minutes). I offer sessions throughout the week including evenings and weekends


Sessions are £35 (50 minutes)  I offer sessions throughout the week, evening and weekends

Further information

I believe that we can all face challenging times in life and that it is during these times that we might benefit from a little extra support. Life can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster with ups and downs, twists and turns along the way. The challenges we may face could include depression, anxiety or stress to name a few.

Life does not discriminate and so no one is immune. It is for this reason my practice is fully accessible to those with disabilities, including disabled access and facilities and off – road parking

Brierley Hill
West Midlands

Key details

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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.

Off road parking

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Demi Shakespeare  (MBACP)

Demi Shakespeare (MBACP)