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  • Welcome to Lifeways

     a natural health charity with nearly an acre of community-run garden 
  • Therapy Rooms

     Hire rooms for the practice of therapies, small meetings and individual classes and meditation 
  • Community and Sensory Garden

     Lifeways has nearly an acre of gardens, shared with the community 
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We believe passionately in what we do and the aims of therapy, enabling clients to explore their difficulties in a safe, non-judgemental environment, where they will feel accepted, listened to, heard and understood. Our aim, as Person-Centred counsellors is to travel alongside our clients, not to change them or rescue them from the distress that overwhelms them. Instead we will provide the space to explore, challenge and clarify those feelings and behaviours that may be hindering their goals.
After an initial meeting, if agreed, the counsellor and client will then proceed to work together over a number of sessions, typically 6 weeks to 6 months.
Clients often present with: Anger issues, anxiety, loss, depression, eating disorders, addictions, domestic violence, emotional/ psychological difficulties, work stress, mental health issues, abuse of all types, self-esteem.

  • Ruth - Open Studies Certificate in Person-Centred (Rogerian) Counselling, 2005
  • Ruth - Certificate in Substance Misuse Management with the University of Kent, 2005
  • Ruth - Diploma in Person-Centred (Rogerian) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Warwick University, 2007
  • Ruth - Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Methods for Person-Centred Therapists, Warwick University, 2008
  • Ruth - Advanced Post Diploma Certificate for Person Centred Couples Training, 2011
  • Ruth - Advanced Certificate in Supervision, Warwick University, 2012
  • Stephanie - BSc (Hons) Psychology, Plymouth University (1988)
  • Stephanie - PGDip in Psychological Counselling, Wolverhampton University, 1998
  • Stephanie - Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Methods for Person-Centred Therapists at Warwick University, 2008
 Stephanie 07702955170; Ruth 07766480263
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Therapists and Counsellors

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    Clare Welch

    I am a fully qualified, professional cognitive behavioural therapist and trauma therapist. I work collaboratively with my clients in a safe and therapeutic environment, to enable change to aid emotional health and well-being. Read More
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    Lis Starkey-Smets

    I am an integrative counsellor / psychotherapist offering both short term and long term therapy. I develop a way of working with you that is tailored to your individual needs and experiences. Read More
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    Heather Shipley

    Friendly, emphatic, calm and supportive. I truly believe that talking and creative therapies will help you experience a more positive outlook on life. I work with tools from both CBT and Emotional Therapeutic Counselling to be able to help you. Read More
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    Suzi Lauder

    I offer counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and receive GP referrals. I have a private practice located near Stratford upon Avon and I also work from the Primary Care Centre in Alcester and at Bidford Health Centre. Read More
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    Dr Anne Harris

    Anne is a highly qualified nutritionist specialising in digestive issues and weight-loss. Read More
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    Karen McDonald

    Karen is an experienced HCPC Registered Arts Therapist, specialising in Dramatherapy. Karen offers this unique creative and playful Arts Psychotherapy approach to Children, Young People and Adults; including those with learning disabilities and ASD. Read More
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