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See where your nearest CAB is. National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux site. Free advice on all subjects. Click on to get advice on several social policy areas.
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Kay's Counselling

71 Vyse St, Birmingham B18 6EX, UK – 07930 178894

I can’t recommend Kay highly enough. She is very professional and patient with a lovely caring and warm manner. If you are considering counselling give her a call. She works wonders!! I have to admit I was pretty sceptical before we started but feel like a different person now. She is great to work with.

I worked with Kay for a while, she’s very empathic, has a lot of knowledge and helped me to understand my own mind better. I hadn’t realised the impact of my history on me but with her help I was able to deal with everything and stop it effecting me in the present. I would highly recommend working with Kay.

Openforwards CBT Therapy & Counselling

95 Spencer St, Birmingham B18 6DA, UK – 0121 523 1108

I have known Jim professionally for over 15 years and the last 5 years or so we have provided peer supervision covering all aspects of clinical work and service development. Jim is a well experienced and excellent reflective practitioner whose focus always remains with person centered care. His development work within training others has earned him a well deserved reputation that will lead on to new horizons in psychological therapies.

Jim has been my clinical supervisor for several years now. He has an unusual understanding of current clinical practice and the context within which it is evolving. This allows for effective supervision, whilst encouraging and supporting therapeutic and business growth. I have no hesitation in recommending Jim as a Clinical Supervisor.

Hear 4U Counselling Service

Unit 722, The Big Peg 120 Vyse St, Birmingham B18 6NF, UK – 07482 871120

I've had a lot of therapy in various cities because of moving around with work. Issues around intimacy, relationships depression, understanding myself, understanding others... violence during my childhood etc. Alexandra is empathetic, open and skilled. Without preamble she was able to pinpoint my painful problem and help me to put it all into perspective. She's really lovely and I'm very grateful to her.

The National Careers Service is a Government run service and so totally neutral. It has recently be redesigned and so well worth a look. They cover:
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Disabled Person's Tax Credit
Telephone helpline 0845 605 5858
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You may not always have family service nearby but these are your nearest sexual health and family planning centres serving Birmingham
National Council for One Parent Families in England and Wales
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