The AoC (The Arts of Change)

The AoC (The Arts of Change)

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St. James House
Trinity Road
West Midlands

01384 211168

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About us

Who are The AoC?

We are a friendly, very experienced and professional creative dramatherapy and counselling service based in Central Dudley, West Midlands.

Who Do We Support?

We support individual clients, couples, families and run groups for either children, teenagers or adults who have problems they wish to overcome and heal. We see children from 3 years upwards to adults with no upper age limit.

What We Can Offer:

We provide three unique, creative services for either private clients or for organisations large or small:
a) therapy services,
b) education and training services
c) arts-based events services.

With over fifty years combined experience, our very warm and friendly staff team are highly skilled in: Arts therapy; Dramatherapy, Integrative Counselling, Mindfulness, Workshop facilitation, Supervision, Research, Lecturing, Teaching, Devising, Theatre, Performing and Creative Teaching on a wide range of subjects including motivation, confidence building, team dynamics, public speaking and Skills-Based Training.

We can offer sessions one to one, in couple or in groups both large and small. Sessions can be held face to face, via Skype or even over the telephone. We always put the client and their preferences first.

We have both male and female therapists who specialise in a wide range of modalities of therapy and counselling.

Telephone & Skype Counselling

Telephone and online counselling is becoming more popular as people struggle to travel to venues when they have had a busy day at work or need to arrange for child care. Some of us have more hectic schedules which is why telephone and online counselling is perfect. We have offer telephone sessions which are still 100% confidential. The therapist will take notes during and after the session and can also take payment over the phone prior to the session. Skype counselling works the same way but you can see the therapist and chat via a video call. A Skype account will be needed and can be created for free. We then link the Skype account prior to the session start.

All future sessions would also be arranged via the telephone or via Skype. For more information about this please don't hesitate to contact us.

Issues We Deal With:

Common problems we are skilled at assisting include: anger management, stress, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, insomnia, abuse, weight problems and eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, low self-confidence, personality issues, relationship issues, emotional abuse, social obstacles, panic disorder, family issues, addiction(s), phobias, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, couples issues, offending behaviour, people living with dementia bullying and much more.

The AoC also support clients effectively with child related issues, attachment disorder, children with emotional, social or psychological difficulties, poor concentration at home or at school, hyperactivity, abortion, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, sex addiction, Internet addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), physical abuse and hearing voices.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Relaxation & Mindfulness Diploma Training Course. SMART Foundations - 2014.
  • Dramatherapy Postgraduate Diploma training at The University of Hertfordshire - 1996.
  • The Guildhall School of Music & Drama Professional Acting Course - 1987.

Organisations worked with include:

  • The Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • MIND.
  • Riverside Mental Health Trust.
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.|
  • Aquarius Action Projects.
  • Hillingdon Hospital.
  • Charing Cross Hospital.
  • West Mercia Police.
  • The National Probation Service.
  • ArtSpace.
  • St Jude's Primary School.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Areas of counselling we deal with

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        • Studio 6
        • Studio 5
        • Studio 4
        • Studio 3
        • Studio 2
        • Studio 1
        • The AOC
        • Introduction to Dramatherapy
        • Counselling
        • Women's Support Group
        • Anger Management
        • Couples Therapy Support
        • Confidence Building
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        For Corporate/Businesses rates - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

        Private rates:
        All our rates have a sliding scale depending on personal income.

        Consultation: £20.00 per hour.
        Individual Therapy: £40.00 per hour.
        Couple Therapy: £63.00 per hour.
        Family Therapy (3-5 clients): Normally £80 per hour.
        Group Therapy: £15.00 per week.
        Consultation: £20.00.
        Individual Therapy: £30.00.
        Mindfulness Group: £20.00 per week, per person.
        Mindfulness Individual: £40.00 per hour
        Mindfulness Corporate: Please contact.

        LIMITED TIME ONLY - Small Art Therapy Group starting in March 2019 for only £10 per person, per session! Contact us for more information.

        LIMITED TIME ONLY - Individual therapy sessions for only £10 each starting February. Limited spaces are available so please contact us ASAP to confirm your slot.

        LIMITED TIME OFFER - We also have our private client sessions available for £40:00. Call before the end of January 2019 to receive your first 2 sessions FREE. Limited spaces available.

        Further information

        Referring to The AoC

        The AoC require all clients to complete our quick and simple referral form which can be found on our website. The referral form gives us a little more information about you and why you are seeking our support. We use this to match you to the best suited therapist.

        All completed referral forms can be returned to us via email or post or if you have difficulty with the form we are happy to complete it with you over the telephone. Once we receive a completed form we allocate you to a therapist right away. We have no waiting list meaning you can begin your therapeutic journey within days rather than waiting weeks or months.

        Your First Session - What to Expect:

        In your first session we will have an introduction between you and the therapist to share a little information about each other to make feel at ease. We will then go through the contract which will be signed to agree to confidentiality and session lengths. We will speak about some therapeutic goals and what you want to achieve in the sessions. The rest of the session will be to talk through you issue(s) and why you are seeking therapy including ways we can help.

        Questions or Queries?

        Please contact our friendly team for a free 20 minute telephone initial consultation on:
        01384 211 168 (cheap local rate number for landlines). Be sure to leave your full name, contact details and a brief message outlining your request and we will get back to you.

        You may also send us an email us if you prefer to:

        Also, check out our website for more information and details of upcoming therapy, educational and arts events, where you can sign up for free to our monthly newsletter at:

        Looking forward to working with you.

        Maps & Directions

        Dudley, DY1 1JB

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Yes
        Other languages: We can work with interpreters.


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes

        Wheel chair access is available at the back of the building. Wheel chair users must first buzz us on the main door via the intercom. We will then direct you to the back of the building where we shall be waiting.


        Monday-Saturday. 9-8pm

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme