About me

Do you need to talk through any problems you may be struggling with? Do you need to get a different perspective on life? Are you feeling stressed and demotivated?Are you experiencing increased levels of anxiety?Are you part of a family dealing with difficult and complex family issues? Would you like help to enable you to explore how you can cope with life's challenges?

Hi, my name is Sarah James, and I'm a counsellor at Beech Tree Counselling in Bradmore, Wolverhampton. I offer a confidential, calm and quiet space where you can talk. As my client I'm confident that I can enable you to make positive changes in your life.

Person-centred counselling is an approach which relies upon the client directing what is talked about in the session. The client chooses what issues to look at and begin to examine. This approach is flexible and very much goes at your pace in an atmosphere of encouraging acceptance.

Carl Rogers developed the person-centred approach to counselling and with this style of counselling instead of fitting the client into a predetermined model, or particular psychological theory, the counsellor works with what each unique client feels and says. As your counsellor I will strive to understand you and what is important for you.

About Me:
To tell you a bit about myself, I am a qualified and experienced counsellor using the person-centred approach, with other techniques tailored to you as a unique individual. In the past I have worked as a nurse in the community and in hospital settings. I have also worked with people with learning disabilities and behavioral problems on various projects using drama, art and creative writing to enable expression.

Within our therapeutic relationship you can begin to look at yourself and tread a new path of deeper understanding and self-awareness.This may also bring greater confidence and enable you as the client to feel aware of your strengths and what you need to focus on.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • NCFE Diploma Level 5 in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BA Hons Art and Design 2.1
  • City and Guilds 7307 Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate
  • NCFE level 3 in Counselling Skills
  • RSA in Community Mediation
  • NVQ Level 3 in Promoting Independence
  • RGN not on register at present time
  • Cruse Bereavement Care ABC Training course
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency Oct 2013

I have many years experience of working with people of all ages, ethnicities and cultures. I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling,using a person-centred approach.

Having done a degree in art and design I feel I can use my skills and creativity to good effect, enabling and encouraging clients to express themselves using painting, sketching or sculpture if required.

In the past I have worked for the NHS for many years and this was where I could see the need for people to have time and space to talk, and how crucial this is. I have also worked with vulnerable adults as a tutor and key worker and facilitated art workshops throughout the West Midlands. For the last five years I have enjoyed and valued my time spent as a volunteer for a counselling charity based in Birmingham city centre.

Testimonials from clients (given with the kind permission of clients who have attended Beech Tree Counselling):
- "The pace of the sessions were exceptional. Sarah seemed to know exactly when to challenge and when to stay silent"
- "I would like to say that the sessions I have had were an amazing experience; I am so pleased that I had them.
- "Sarah was very open and welcoming... I was able to participate at a pace which suited my needs"

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

Bereavement and loss

I have a particular interest and experience of working with clients who are experiencing loss and bereavement. I find using painting can be beneficial as another way for a client to express the various and often deep emotions around this issue. A client can choose to paint on a canvas or sketch with charcoal or use clay to sculpt and this is often beneficial for the client.

When a pet dies
There is no doubt that we form powerful mutual bonds with the animals we live with, and that they are a valuable, amazing, rewarding and loving part of our lives. So when we are parted from this member of our family, it is devastating. I feel that because pets do form such an indelible link with us as individuals, there can be a huge gap when they are no longer with us. This is why I consider it is important to talk about your loss with someone who will not undervalue the significance of this experience.


Additional information

  • The initial counselling session cost is £20.00
  • Counselling sessions thereafter are £45.00 per hour
  • Counselling rates for counselling students are £27.00 per hour
  • 10% discount on payment when 3 counselling sessions are booked at one time.

Counselling sessions can be booked at a convenient time for you, including daytime, evening and Saturday appointment times, and usually take one hour.

I welcome people from the age of 18 years, of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.


Appointments available Monday to Friday 7am-7pm, and Saturday 8am-1pm.

Further information

What to expect on your first visit

If you have never been for a counselling session before in your life then the idea of this can be daunting. Well first of all, well done! You are making the first move by starting a journey where you are being motivated and self-caring because you are tremendously important.

At the first session of counselling I think it's useful to see if we can work together. I will also be explaining vital areas of confidentiality and boundaries and what you as the client might expect to happen in your counselling sessions. People who meet me usually find me warm and approachable so I hope you will too, and we can begin to focus on what you choose to talk about.

West Midlands

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Sarah James

Sarah James