At The Meridian Centre, based in Billesley (near Moseley), South Birmingham we have a number staff with a great range of expertese and experience. Below we've provided a brief introduction to everyone (in alphabetical order) that makes up our unique team.
Member of : NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), CNHC (Complementary & Natural Health Council)
Brenda is certified to teach and deliver mindfulness based approaches to groups and individuals specializing in anxiety based concerns. She is a fully qualified therapist and has public liability insurance and has been in private practice helping clients for over 10 years. Brenda meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree MSc in Mindfulness through the Aberdeen University.
Brenda holds a BSc in Psychology, Masters in Hypno-Psychotherapy and is currently in process of achieving her doctorate.She specialises in issues and feelings around Anxiety, Panic, Confidence, Self Esteem, Childhood Trauma and Building Emotional Resiliency.
Member of : ACHO (Affilliation of Crystal Healing Organisations) Raiki Federation (UK)
Sue was drawn into counselling whilst working in Childrens services for many years and worked in Private practice at a local NHS Health Centre. Whilst continuing to work for local government and also as a counsellor, Sue started her journey into energy healing, qualifying as a Reiki Practitioner and then choosing the medium of crystals to further this interest in healing.
Sue finally left Childrens’ services in 2009 to concentrate on providing her expertise as a therapist, deepen her own awareness through further study and the valuable experience she has gains from working with her clients. Whilst Gestalt Counselling/Psychotherapy can be quite creative in its approach Sue recognises that there is no “one fits all “ therapy and not everyone is able to cope with talking therapies.
Sue provides her clients with a flexible and individualised therapy tailored around your needs and preferences to incorporate energy based therapies, visualisation and meditation, affirmation or mantra work or perhaps some goal setting alongside that of Spiritual Counselling.
Through combining various therapies, painful and emotional experiences which may be too difficult to express in the initial stages can be eased and steady progress can be made which will have an impact on you physically., mentally and spiritually. Energy therapies are also especially supportive for individuals with mental health or rehabilitation from drug/alcohol addiction which sue has a particular interest in.
Member of : BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), Counselling Society
As part of the Meridian Team, Cedar Counselling has counsellors and psychotherapists that are committed to low cost, effective counselling for individuals, couples and families. Coming to counselling can be a really scary prospect and that’s why we strive to create a friendly, warm and relaxed environment where you can feel at ease. We are committed to helping you to find happiness and fulfillment in your life and to overcome any barriers to this. Drawing on years of experience our counsellors have trained to the highest standards with specialist couples, family and children counsellors available. Cedar counselling is affiliated to the British Association of counsellors and psychotherapists.
Dean studied a BA Hons Degree in Acupuncture and Western Medicine at The College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa through Oxford Brookes University.
Dean has always had a huge interest in Healthy Living and Nutrition and has contributed to more than 20 healthy cookery books as well as contributing to a Clinical Acupuncture book.
Dean has other Medical Nursing training that includes working with Babies, Children and Vulnerable Adults. He currently holds the highest level of CRB certificate. In 2015 he completed his teacher training and also holds a current National Certificate for Personal licence holders.
The Acupuncture Society MAcS 821
TQUK Level 3 Award in Education & Training
Cosmetic Acupuncture UK
Practitioners Diploma inn Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Member of : BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am a qualified Counsellor with over thirteen years experience working with adults within the Community. I genuinely care about people and feel at times we can all struggle to make sense of what we are going through and need some help and support. My aim in our counselling relationship is for it to feel warm, understanding, supportive and sometimes challenging. It would be a safe and confidential place to feel accepted and valued. In this space we will work together to explore your issues, re-build self confidence and self worth to enable you to take responsibility for your own choices and positive changes within your life.
I offer individual counselling for adults of any age either on a limited or open ended arrangement. I also offer counselling for couples.
Sometimes people find it difficult or uncomfortable to try to put their feelings into words so we can work with creative methods and materials to help you to access and express your feelings if necessary.
I am an Integrative Counsellor which enables me to be more flexible with an individuals needs and some of the reasons why people come to see me include: Relationship problems, Stress/anxiety, Child hood issues, Relationship breakups, Bereavement Work, Related Issues, Low Self Esteem, Suicidal Thoughts, Major life changes, Abuse.
Member of : PLRA (Past Life Regression Academy), SRTA (Spiritual Regression Therapists Association), EARTh (European Association of Regression Therapists), GHR (General Hypnotherapist's Register)
After training as a Hypnotherapist, David was drawn to working with people in a therapeutic way through ‘past life regression’. Following further specialist training as a Regression Therapist, he is constantly amazed at the lasting difference and insights it offers to those experiencing this therapy. David aims regression therapy at the root of the issue wherever that may be. There is a wide range of issues that can be helped, from long standing depression, phobias, emotional issues, relationships, life purpose, spiritual development and more. It can induce a deep level of healing at the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual planes.
He offers hypnotherapy to help people overcome issues such as low confidence, self esteem, unwanted habits and more which impair the way in which they wish to lead their life.
David also runs ‘past life regression’ workshops which are particularly appropriate for those interested in personal and spiritual development.
Member of : BKS Iyengar Yoga Association
Carol has been practising yoga since the 1980's, and started teaching in 1995. She qualified with the internationally esteemed BKS Iyengar Yoage Association in 1997, and has taught consistently since then. Carol is experienced in teaching people of widely differing age and ability ranges, including older people, children, and students with learning difficulties. Carol runs weekly general classes (one every Monday morning at the Meridian Centre) and also specific sessions for a variety of groups in the community.
Carol aims to make her class very accessible to all, what ever your ability or constraints in movement. She gives individual guidance within the group, enabling you to make your own personal progress.
Member of : Tai Chi Union for Great Britain
Alec teaches regular weekly classes of Taiji and Qigong in Birmingham and Ludlow, and offers sessions for individuals and small groups in South Shropshire. Alec began his practice in Bristol in 1981 with Rising Dragon Tai Chi School, where he became a senior instructor, eventually founding Dragon Spring Taiji & Qigong School in Birmingham at the start of 2010. Alec has been teaching Taiji and Qigong continuously since 1984, and running regular weekly classes in Birmingham since 1986. Alec is registered as a senior teacher with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and continues to develop his study and practise of Taiji and Qigong with teachers in Britain and China.
Member of : Full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy, registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
My passion for food and nutrition stems from the influence of my Spanish mother where nutritious home cooked food was always of huge importance within the family environment. My fascination for healthy living was also influenced by my late grandfather who was a GP and my mother a nurse, both with a great respect for naturopathic principles. Combining these passions, along with cooking, led me to study Naturopathic Nutrition and gain my Diploma at the renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Since qualifying and running my own private practice, I have worked at a cancer support centre providing clients with dietary advice, and have also hosted engaging presentations and cookery workshops for children in schools around the country, to show them the benefit of healthy eating.
Member of : Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), Past Life Therapist's Association (PLTA).
Hannah qualified in 2006 from Central England College of Clinical Hypnosis, where she learned a very versatile mix of techniques, including Ericksonian hypnosis, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), cognitive therapy and EFT (emotional freedom technique).
Hannah is known for her relaxed, informal approach. She does not believe that what works for one person will work just as well for another - often the most effective hypnotherapy involves client and therapist collaborating to find the best way of resolving an issue.
It is safe to use hypnosis and/or regression alongside any other care you may be getting, such as counselling, CBT, or medication from your GP.
Hannah has a particular interest in regression therapy, Past Life Regression, and Inner Child healing.
Some of the other issues she works with are anxiety, confidence and self-image, relationships, stress, weight loss and smoking cessation, depression, eating disorders, phobias.
Member of : The British Acadamy of Sound Therapy (BAST), Institute of Complimentary and Natural Medicine (ICMN)
Victoria spent much of her education and early career in the Performing Arts industry as an Actor, Singer and Dancer. But when she found herself continuously falling ill and in constant pain she made the decision not continue on the career path as a performer. Not long after this she was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type III Hyper Mobility and in later years with secondary Chronic Fatigue syndrome. After researching suitable alternative treatment methods for herself, she decided that her talents could instead be used to help others in similar situations.
Holistic Voice Therapy is derived from Sound Therapy which draws upon counselling, coaching and advocacy models. It is a complementary practice that offers the use of voice as a healing tool. This treatment modality uses voice, breath, sound, gentle movement techniques and visualisation to help move energy imbalances through the body. It allows for physical, emotional, mental imbalances to re-balance and an optimum state of well-being to be achieved.
Member of: MTI (Massage Training Institute), ISRM (Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage), FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapist) and CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)
"Once, I watched a physiotherapist use massage during a treatment and was suitably impressed with the results. Being of a curious nature, I had to find out more. After taking a basic massage course in 2004 at a local college, I was well and truly hooked. There had to be more to learn I was sure - indeed there was and still is!
After taking my first Sports Massage Diploma came a 'chance' meeting with Lorraine, a person as passionate about massage as myself. I signed up for the Professional Diploma in Holistic Massage. It presented me with a real big learning curve about 'human being' and 'being human'. The opportunity to develop technically as a practitioner (integrating methods from previous training) and self-development which enhances therapeutic relationships. The journey of self development continues as a tutor and assessor with Meridian - with the opportunity to learn so much from our students, while facilitating the development of their own personal massage practitioner skills."
Julie combines her massage and body work skills, and aims to deliver treatmentsessions, that work with the individual to meet their existing needs - fromsudden to long term soft tissue injury, to emotional well being such as stressor bereavement.
Member of: Zero Balancing Association UK
Kathryn is a certified Zero Balancer and massage therapist. She trained as a practitioner after receiving zero balancing sessions over a number of years, having experienced it as a transformative and deeply supportive form of therapy. All certified zero balancers are already qualified practitioners. The certification process and regular continued professional development ensures that all zero balancing practitioners work to a very high standard.
Zero balancing can address a wide range of physical and emotional issues. Kathryn has experience of working with people with shoulder and neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica and arthritis. She has also used zero balancing to support people with making life changes and to help navigate through stressful life situations, including bereavement.
Kathryn has also been training in tai chi and martial arts for the last fifteen years, giving her an experiential understanding of the body’s structure and mechanics, and developing the ability to listen to another person’s body through touch.
‘I’ve found that working on the body not only provides us with a greater degree of physical comfort and assurance, but is an effective way of changing thought patterns and behaviour, allowing us to become freer within ourselves and to realise our potential more fully. I believe that finding peace and happiness through life’s changes is a lifelong process and that we can all benefit from support along the way’.
EFT Level 1 & 2 AAMET practitioner AAMET Membership Number 1302008 Matrix Reimprinting practitioner.
Having worked in a stressful sales/corporate environment for over 20 years, I longed for a route to a stress-free happy life. I found EFT & immediately felt comfortable & confident with it. Clients have had success with EFT in both their work & private lives having experienced everyday issues including fears, phobias, relationship & health issues, pain, addictions, low confidence/self-esteem etc. I have also had close connections to schools for many years. I am the chair of governors at my local school & my wife works with SEN children on a 121 basis. I am very keen to encourage schools to use EFT regularly to enhance pupil's focus & concentration in order to control low level behaviour disruptions to classroom learning. I believe EFT can also work wonders for children (and adults) with learning & behavioural disabilities such as Dyslexia, Asperger's, Autism, ADD/ADHD, PTSD etc.
Matrix Re-Imprinting using EFT helps clear away bad memories & traumas from your past & replaces them with positive images & thoughts about that time, clearing pathways for you to lead a happier life with acceptance & relief.
I see individuals on a regular basis or run group workshops here at the Meridian Centre or in schools as well as working 121 with clients at home or individuals and groups in the workplace.
EFT - Looking after your mind & body for 360° health & happiness.
Providing Massage Therapies In Birmingham
I qualified as a professional Holistic Massage Therapist with the Massage Training Institute and have since been working at practises throughout Birmingham providing treatments such as Holistic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage & Seated Acupressure Massage.
I have developed a private practise based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. I also work from the Meridian Centre in Moseley, Harborne Complimentary Health Clinic in Harborne & The Treatment Rooms in Knowle (Solihull).
Member of : BPS (British Psychological Society); HPC (Health Professions Council)
Jackie offers EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation & Reprocessing) therapy for people experiencing adverse effects of psychological trauma. EMDR is a particularly effective approach for activating an inherent (neuro-biological) healing mechanism; which releases blocked memories, resolves related issues and transforms traumatic reactions. This is also a holistic approach aiming to address problems at an emotional, cognitive, and physical level.
EMDR is currently regarded as a well researched 'treatment of choice' for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to 'Nice Guidelines' (National Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2005 ) and aims to address a wide range of issues including: post-traumatic stress disorder associated with accidents resulting in physical injury; physical and sexual abuse; bullying & harassment; unresolved grief; phobias; eating disorders and relationship difficulties. EMDR can also be used to enhance performance in professional / academic and sporting domains.
Jackie is a warm and compassionate therapist, who aims to accommodate the needs and preferences of her clients. As a systemic practitioner, she is also sensitive to issues regarding gender, ethnicity, culture and sexual orientation. Jackie has worked as a Clinical Psychologist within an NHS Adult Mental Health Service for the past 13 years and is currently working in a Specialist Eating Disorder Service.
Member of : Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
Sharon has always been fascinated by the benefits of complementary medicine leading her to study Homeopathy. Before qualifying as a Homeopath, Sharon worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry, giving her an understanding of the role of conventional medicine.
Homeopathy is a safe and gentle form of medicine enabling Sharon to work with people of all ages, providing a practical approach to help those suffering with physical and/or emotional issues. Consultations are relaxed and informal giving the client the space and time they need to discuss their ailments and resolve their issues.
Sharon also enjoys running Homeopathy First Aid courses enabling her to share her passion and enthusiasm for Homeopathy with others and to see them gain confidence in treating minor ailments at home.
In addition to seeing private clients, Sharon also works with BirMAH as a volunteer at a homeopathy clinic at one of the projects run by St Basil’s and writes articles for Raring to Go magazine.
Member of : NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy), APHP (The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy) and CNHC (Complementary & Natural Health Council). Ray is also DBS checked (previously CRB).
Ray qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at the CentralEngland Holistic Therapies & Training College where he studied SolutionFocused Hypnotherapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapyand NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
The catalyst for his interest in hypnotherapy started overtwenty years ago when he visited a hypnotherapist who helped him to stopsmoking. Ray was a heavy smoker and found the hypnosis session so natural andrelaxing and as a result of this session has not smoked since. Ray later usedthe hypnosis techniques he learned during this session to help him overcome awork related stress issue.
Ray's main aim is to help people make positive and permanentchanges to their lives. Stopping smoking and stress management is just two ofhis interests. Other issues he works on include: IBS, Weight Management, PainControl, Phobias, Fears, Allergies, Panic Attacks, Public Speaking, BodyConfidence and Relaxation. Ray works with individuals, groups and corporateclients.
Member of : MTI (Massage Training Institute)
I trained with BCMB in Bristol, which gave me a deep understanding of the principles of massage and bodywork, and since qualifying I have worked with a wide range of clients of many different ages and walks of life.
A treatment can help us to be more present in our bodies- which we so easily lose touch with through postural habits, physical and emotional issues, or injury- and is a wonderful way of relaxing and soothing a busy mind. It goes without saying that a good massage also does that much needed job of easing those eternally aching and stiff muscles!
I draw on a range of techniques from different traditions, all sensitively and intuitively adapted to meet your individual needs, to ensure a relaxing and healing treatment.
Member of : British Acupuncture Council
Tom has a wealth of over 10 years in Acupuncture. Through that time he has acquired in depth knowledge in an array of acupuncture techniques. He specialises in muscular skeletal conditions such as Neck, Shoulder, Back and Hip pain plus Knee pain and Tennis elbow. In additional Tom is qualified in Tui na Chinese massage . Tui Na is used, as a main stream therapeutic therapy in China; treating a wide range of conditions and a natural way of maintaining good health. Tom trained in Tuina Massage at the Body Harmonics centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cheltenham, where they specialise in Oriental therapies. He graduated with distinction and went to do further studies on the accredited Master Practitioner course.
Tom is passionate about Chinese therapies and the benefits it can bring. In 2013 Tom had the opportunity to study in China Jinan hospital. Tom is also trained in Auricular Ear Acupuncture having studied at the Auricular college of Acupuncture, and is able to offer a range of treatments from weight control to giving up smoking.
Member of : Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Sandra has a warm empathic approach to her work, aiming to provide a safe, confidential space where the focus is on you to explore what is bothering you and the reasons for this.
Sandra works face-to-face with individual adults covering a range of issues including low esteem, depression, stress & anxiety, relationship difficulties, sexuality, loss & bereavement, life changes, work related issues and the impact of health problems. She has experience of working with a wide variety of clients, both male and female covering a range of ages and ethnic diversity.
Besides her private practice Sandra has experience of counselling within a GP setting and a charity that specialises in counselling people who have experienced sexual violence and/or childhood sexual abuse.
Prior to her counselling career, Sandra worked in a variety of settings including with people with physical disability and head injury. She is particularly passionate about empowering people to be true to themselves and greatly enjoys seeing her clients develop in confidence and self belief. Sandra is also a valued member of the team of volunteers who contribute to the smooth running of the Meridian Centre.