Counselling, a talking therapy

Leading provider of person centred counselling Birmingham, West Midlands and Warwickshire


Counselling, also known as a talking therapy, is part of the psychological therapies. Counselling helps you understand thoughts, beliefs, behaviours or feelings you may be experiencing and would like to resolve. If you are facing challenging situations, high levels of stress or anxiety, going through a difficult time at work or in your relationship, or recently had a bereavement counselling can help you identify the root causes and support you through change. It can help you have better relationships at home or at work, or help you learn how to stop a panic attack.

Types of Counselling

Just as we are all different, with diverse needs and an assortment of reactions to life’s challenges, so too is counselling. Counselling encompasses a multitude of approaches, each offering a wide range of tools that help different people in different ways.

Counselling Birmingham

Counselling Psychotherapy

Counselling Psychotherapy delves deep into the root causes of your symptoms. It explores past experiences that have shaped you and contributed to your current feelings and behaviours. It deals with more complex mental health conditions that have developed over a long period. It can help you overcome mild depression, post traumatic stress (PTSD), anxiety and addictions, dealing with panic attacks or relationship dysfunctions.

Person Centred Therapy

Person centred therapy gives you the opportunity to take the lead in discussions and explore your own solutions without interruption or guidance from the therapist. This approach is particularly helpful if you’re experiencing self-doubt and are struggling to make life-changing decisions. It works well in conjunction with other therapeutic methods to help you achieve your desired outcome.

Solution Focussed Therapy

Solution focussed therapy concentrates on exploring immediate solutions to a current issue that may be causing you high levels of stress and anxiety. This approach is particularly helpful for students feeling overwhelmed with their study workload, child behavioural problems, sex and relationship counselling, and stressed business executives juggling multiple projects.     

Behavioural Therapy

Behavioural therapy explores the root causes of unhealthy and unhelpful behaviours that can be destructive to you or others. It is based on the principal that all behaviours are learned, therefore can be changed. This approach is particularly helpful when dealing with addictions (smoking, drinking, sexual), self-harm, eating disorders, anger management, phobias and general behavioural management.

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy, commonly known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), explores how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour. It focuses on helping you change your thought patterns so that you can change your responses to challenging situations. This approach is particularly helpful when dealing with stress, anxiety, mild depression, social anxiety and relationship counselling.  

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy uses different therapeutic approaches to support you to explore your presenting issues and work towards achieving your goals. Combining different elements from diverse counselling psychology methods makes integrative therapy a more flexible and tailor-made approach to therapy.

Carla Devereux uses a combined therapeutic approach in all therapy sessions. Covering Solihull, Birmingham, West Midlands and Warwickshire for face-to-face appointments, and from the comfort of your home with online, telephone or FaceTime therapy. You will gain a fuller and more comprehensive understanding of your situation, acquire new skills and apply them to your everyday life.    

The first time we meet we will talk about your symptoms and situation, and discuss what you are looking to achieve. Work will begin straight away as we explore underlying causes and start to formulate an action plan. You will most likely come away with some new insights and a few exercises to do prior to your next appointment.

Counselling is a journey that takes time and effort. For the work to be effective it is preferable to have regular counselling sessions. The number of sessions needed is dependent on you, the presenting issue and how much you are willing to do between appointments. The more you engage with the process the less number of sessions you will need. 

Counselling is relaxed, confidential and takes place in a safe and friendly environment. Should you feel apprehensive about your first or subsequent sessions, you are welcomed to bring a friend, parent or partner to the appointment. Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the first session; thereafter there is a degree of flexibility to accommodate the child’s needs. In some cases it is preferable if a parent or guardian is present at each session to help you understand the therapeutic process, which will enable you to better support your child. Carla has a DBS Enhanced Certificate to work with children.

Common topics Carla Devereux works with and applies an integrated therapeutic approach are:

  • Abuse – mental, physical, sexual
  • Addictions – alcohol, smoking, gambling
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Boosting Confidence
  • Career Change & Progression
  • Changing Behaviour Patterns
  • Childhood Issues
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Disrupted Sleep Patterns
  • Exam Stress & Study Techniques
  • Family Therapy
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Presentation Skills
  • Sex & Relationships Counselling
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Management
  • Work & Business Performance

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Carla Devereux uses a combined therapeutic approach to support clients work through their presenting issues and achieve their desired outcome.