Denise James

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MA, PGDip, PGcert, MBACP Psychotherapist and Counsellor
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Solihull, West Midlands, B91
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression, unsure as to where your life is heading? Perhaps you keep finding yourself in the same unhealthy situations again and again, unsure of how you got there or how you can change things? Are you unhappy in your personal relationships, work position or life in general?

We can all reach crisis points at any stage in our lives, and this can leave us feeling helpless and anxious. We can struggle with feelings of loss, loneliness or anger and feel we have nobody who will understand us. Whatever issues you are facing, talking to a professional, highly trained therapist could help.

My name is Denise and I have more than 20 years experience of providing integrative psychotherapy and counselling to a wide range of clients seeking a place to talk. I have worked in a variety of settings including rehabs, health care, charities, further education establishments, with survivors of abuse and clients struggling with addiction.  I have also written and delivered workshops to clients, facilitated group therapy, and helped people to work through their issues in a confidential, supportive environment. I currently see clients exclusively at my private practice in Solihull.

I have a Masters degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling and am in my final year of another Masters degree, in Psychology, to continue deepening my knowledge of mental health issues. I work with clients depending on their individual needs rather than using a ‘one theory fits all’ method.  The person-centered approach is the foundation for all my work, and I integrate psychodynamic theory, CBT, solution-focused and ACT where needed. I offer the opportunity and space to talk about how you feel with someone who is fully trained, experienced and non-judgemental, and who will work with and support you to help you resolve the issues that bring you to therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters Degree MSc Psychology (Dissertation pending) - Level 7
  • Masters Degree MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - Level 7
  • Post Graduate Diploma Psychology - Level 7
  • Post Graduate Certificate Clinical Supervision - Level 7
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • City and Guilds Arts
  • LLB (Hons) Undergraduate Law degree - Level 6

Recent training and CPD includes:

Addiction and Attachment

Relating at depth in Supervision

Practical tools when working with neurodivergent clients and supervisees

Working with Anger with breathwork and embodiment practices

Intro to ACT

Self-Compassion in Therapy

CBT-E for Eating Disorders

Impact of Anxious Attachment BACP

Love and its shadows Emmy Van Deurzen

Online Telehealth training (including telephone and online therapy)

Trauma informed therapy

Various Child Sexual Abuse awareness courses with Carolyn Spring

Shame and Guilt in abuse survivors

Additional Training

  • Safeguarding children
  • Addictions therapy
  • Risk assessment and safety planning
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Principles of CBT
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I have worked with many different clients from young adults to the retired, dealing with a wide range of issues including low self-esteem, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, sexual abuse, domestic violence, childhood issues and many more. As well as currently working in private practice, I have worked at a variety of institutions including private rehab, for charities, Universities and Domestic Abuse and Trauma support organisations.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Trauma including sexual abuse (adult and child), domestic abuse, traumatic events and injury.

Women's issues

Addiction - substance and behavioural

Cross Dressing - and support for partners


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Fees are £50 per session for individuals. I can offer some discounted places to students and those on a low wage. Please contact me to discuss further.

I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy, depending on your needs and the issues that you wish to explore.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have no evening availability; please enquire regarding weekday spaces.

Further information

I work with adults over 16.

Solihull, West Midlands, B91

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor, experienced in offering one-to-one and group Clinical Supervision.

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