MBACP (Accred), MBABCP (Accred), MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip.Couns,Cert. Ed. Adv Dip CBT, Adv Dip Supervision, PG Cert Couple Couns.

Deb Laxton (Director and Clinical Lead)

Deborah Laxton is an accredited member of the BACP, and the BABCP. After graduating from Warwick University, Deborah has since completed a Masters degree in High Intensity Psychological Interventions, a postgraduate certificate in Couple Counselling, an advanced diploma in the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists and an advanced diploma in CBT. She describes herself as Integrative with a strong Person Centred base in her approach. Deborah is also trained in psychodynamic, systemic and CBT.

Deborah has experience in offering counselling supervision to individuals and groups. She has supported people in their academic study towards counselling qualifications and also in the process of accreditation with the BACP. A member of the BACP for 10 years, she gained accredited status in July 2007 therefore demonstrating that her practice is coherent and ethical. Having over 10 years of teaching experience in Further Education and a variety of other providers such as the Police and HM Prisons, Deborah has taught all levels of counselling up to Diploma, and has experience in working with personal development groups. Not afraid of new challenges, Deborah has often been called upon to use her expertise to devise bespoke programmes of learning and training for groups including; community groups, police, young people and adults in colleges and business.

Deborah's counselling and training experience has invovled her working in primary care, prisons, Relate (couple counselling), Renewal Counselling Service, private practice and with social care staff.

B.A.(Hons) Prince 2 certified

Nathan Laxton (Director of Development)

Nathan has worked in the Health Sector for over twenty years specialising in programme and project management and more recently consultancy for workforce development projects. Working for over 10 years in the Sector Skills Council for Health he has a wealth of experience in developing NOS (National Occupational Standards), creating learning programmes and leading skills reviews. His most recent projects include leading and End of Life Care skills review across three CCGs,  competence based skills interviews for a medical corporation in Qatar, development of new apprenticeship standard and developing a clinical career framework for a private medical organisation.

Nathan has developed Hope's training courses, ensuring that where appropriate these are accredited with OCNWMR (a national awarding organisation) and courses are informed by the most up to date standards to ensure best practice. Nathan has also developed Hope CIC's social impact measurement indicators.


Norma Clark

Norma is a BACP Accredited Counsellor. She has a Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling, is a Relate Certified Couple Counsellor, and has also trained to work with Young People and as a Family Counsellor. She has recently completed Mediation Training and is working with Relate and the local councils to offer Mediation with a Counsellor to young people in danger of becoming homeless. She has a private practice in counselling and supervision and has also been involved in training and selecting counsellors for training.

Her original training was as a State Registered Nurse, she then specialised in paediatrics and clinical teaching. She works in an integrative way with a psychodynamic and systemic theoretical base. She has a special interest and awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome and works with couples, partners and children of adult individuals with Aspeger’s Syndrome.


Mike Davies

Mike has over 25 years experience in the corporate events and training industry. His experience includes managerial roles with health clubs and corporate hospitality of national hotels. Mike's leadership, communication, creativity and networking skills ensures client's needs are not only met but exceeded time and time again. Through his previous company 'Corporate Entertainment Ltd' and now through 'Mike Davies Events' Mike has developed and inspired countless teams and met client objectives for an impressive range of organisations - from SME's to large companies. His client list includes Yell, DHL. Coca Cola, Deliotte, Proctor & Gamble and De Vere Hotels, to name a few.


Urmila Desia

Urmila Desai is a BACP accredited counsellor having initially trained in the Person Centred approach in 2000. Urmila has worked extensively with ethnic minority groups as part of her therapeutic role in for the City Council as a Mental Health worker for over 20 years. In addition to this Urmila has set up and managed a highly successful counselling service offering culturally sensitive counselling in different South Asian languages (Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, and English).

Group facilitation is another of Urmila's strengths - as she has devised and delivered a number of ground breaking courses in the area of life skills particularly in self development, self esteem building, stress and anxiety management, and assertiveness for Asian women. Urmila is a highly experienced member of the team at Hope.

 Stella Doggett

Stella Doggett

Having studied for a social science degree, which included courses in sociology, social psychology and economics, Stella trained as a teacher and specialised for several years working with children with learning difficulties. She has provided counselling and training for C.L.M for a number of years, and previously worked in a NHS counselling team in the West Midlands. She is a qualified M.B.T.I user and has been running workshops for various organisations for twenty years.


Janet Fox

Janet is an experienced Organisational Development consultant who specialises in working with organisations, teams and individuals. Clinically trained Janet has gained experience in Risk Management and Equalities prior to moving into Organisational Development and has worked in both public and private sector organisations. Janet is also a level 7 executive coach and an advanced workplace mediator. Janet is passionate about supporting people to be the best that they can be: realising potential to achieve success.


Kate Hayes

Kate Hayes qualified in 2000 after training as a Person Centred therapist. Using Person Centred therapy as a framework she uses skills from other approaches when appropriate. Her areas of speciality are abuse, depression, relationships, anxiety, phobias, domestic violence, neonatal death and stillbirth. From personal experience she has a special interest in issues around chronic illness, and low self esteem.

Kate has developed " Open the Box " a visually impacting course that challenges faulty perceptions of self, defences and gives keys to change and move on. This is modified to suit health and counselling professionals to support their work with clients as well as individuals/groups who face these issues on a daily basis. Kate is also experienced at working with adolescents who have challenging behaviours individualy and in small groups, in community settings outreaching and working with diversity and people who are marginalised in society.


Sharon Hinsull

Based in Birmingham, UK, Sharon Hinsull is an experienced therapist and counselling trainer who, in addition to working with clients face to face, has provided online emotional support to people all over the world.Sharon is also a part-time lecturer at Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham and delivers training at one of the city's longest established voluntary counselling agencies. Sharon was actively involved in supporting survivors of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks of 2001 and her interest in the area of trauma counselling has continued to involve her working in the field of crisis intervention.

As a well-established counselling trainer, Sharon frequently facilitates short courses and workshops on a variety of mental health and personal development issues. Sharon's groundbreaking online practice has been featured in the local and national media and she has served as an advisor and contributor to a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as to BBC TV Current Affairs.

Pete Smallwood

Pete Smallwood

Pete is a person centred counsellor who’s main work is with men training for the catholic priesthood and ordained clergy. He also works with a range of clients with a variety of presenting issues. Before re-training as a therapist, Pete worked in senior management roles in both the public and voluntary  sectors and has a wide understanding of work place stress, business pressures and work place relationship problems