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About me

Clients suggest that my genuine warm caring and empathic manner enables them to feel heard and understood.  Sometimes it's easier to explore issues in our lives with someone outside of our circle,  in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental setting.   

Maybe you feel anxious, sad or depressed. You may want to understand your feelings and responses and make positive changes.  It may be that you feel the need to please others, rather than fulfilling your own needs.  Maybe your self-esteem or confidence is low.
Whatever your issues, our work together can help you to grow - to feel more content, accepting and confident of yourself.  

Therapy can be challenging and sometimes fun, reflecting on the ups and downs of life, sometimes simply offering us 'on going maintenance.' 

Through building a trusting relationship I can help with home or work issues you may have, ranging from self - acceptance, stress, health issues, depression, anxiety, relationships, racial identity, life transitions and more.     

As a counsellor with a professional background in business and training,  I can, where appropriate, also combine job related coaching with therapy, to help you to navigate change and disappointment.  I can support and challenge you in developing coping strategies, helping you to manage and grow in ways you would personally like to.   

Practical tools have helped my clients to feel more empowered and cope more effectively.  Including tools to identify patterns of behaviour,  negative thoughts, breathing exercises and communication techniques and more.  

Therapy is not one size fits all.  I offer an integration of talking therapies so I can choose the techniques and models best suited to your requirements.  Including:  CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy tools for behavioural change), humanistic therapy (working with the present) and psychodynamic therapy (exploring the past).   

When we can express difficult feelings and understand ourselves more deeply, we start to make sense of our experiences.  Then we can be better at coping with change.  Expect compassionate, down to earth support without judgement from me, in a safe and confidential space. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) - Birmingham 
  • Levels 2&3 Certificate in Counselling Skills  - Mary Ward Centre
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Counselling - City Literary Institute
  • Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I abide by their ethical framework to ensure safe and confidential counselling.
  • Up to date enhanced DBS (CRB) 

For a number of years I have volunteered with a domestic violence charity for women, offering telephone support.

For the past 2 years I have worked in clinical placement with Home-Start UK, where I currently counsel individuals in areas including mental health, relationships and career related issues. 

I undertake regular clinical supervision, ensuring my work is professionally reviewed. 

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Business/job/career related coaching combined with therapy.  


Additional information

£45 for face to face session (weekly or fortnightly by arrangement).  

Remote or online counselling via phone, zoom, face time or equivalent.  'Walk and talk' therapy, all charged at £45 per session.

Concessions available on request.  Please do call me to discuss.

I offer a free inital phone conversation to discuss your requirements.  There is, of course, no obligation to proceed with counselling following our conversation. 

Further information

You may require short term or open-ended therapy, depending on your needs.  I offer face to face therapy which is held in our warm and welcoming dedicated therapy rooms.   Also online (zoom or similiar) or telephone therapy.  You may prefer walk and talk therapy (dogs welcome!), which takes place in the outdoors, in a mutually convenient location.  

I have some availability on weekdays and evenings too so please contact me to discuss convenient times.

17A East End Road

Type of session

In person
Elaine Benardout

Elaine Benardout