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Deb Laxton

Deb Laxton (Principal Associate)
MBACP (Accred), MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip.Couns,Cert. Ed. Adv Dip CBT, Adv Dip Supervision, PG Cert Couple Couns. Special Interest Dementia

Deborah Laxton is the principal associate at Hope Counselling. She is an accredited member of the BACP and a member of the BPS. 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.


Norma ClarkeNorma Clark
MBACP (Accred), Dip. Couns, PG Dip. Children, Young People & Families, Relate Cert. Couples, Relate Cert. Supervision, Special Interest Aspergers

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.


Sharon HinsullSharon Hinsull
MBACP (Accred), Dip. Couns,

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.


Urmila DesiaUrmila Desia
MBACP (Accred), Dip. Couns,

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


Kate HayesKate Hayes
MBACP, Dip. Couns, special interest Domestic Abuse

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 work ing 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.