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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St. James House
Trinity Road
West Midlands

01384 211168

About us

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

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.

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 and bullying.

The AOC alo 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.

Photos & videos

  • The AOC
  • Introduction to Dramatherapy
  • Counselling
  • Women's Support Group
  • Anger Management
  • Couples Therapy Support
  • Confidence Building


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: Normally £30.00 per hour.
Individual Therapy: Normally £40.00 per hour.
Couple Therapy: Normally £55.00 per hour.
Family Therapy (3-5 clients): Normally £60 per hr.
Group Therapy: £15.00 per week.
Consultation: £30.00.
Individual Therapy: £40.00.
Mindfulness Group: £20.00 per week.
Mindfulness Individual: £40.00 per hour
Mindfulness Corporate: Please contact.

Further information

Please contact our friendly team for a free 20 minute telephone initial consultation on:
0333 772 9636 (cheap local rate number for both landlines and mobiles) or 07568568131. Be sure to leave your full name, contact details and a brief message outlining your request.

Complete our simple online referral form (found on our website) or if you prefer we can complete it with you over the phone.

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

Practical details

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


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