Welcome, and thank you for visiting Sean Charlesworth Counselling.
Anxiety, relationship problems, anger, depression, sexual problems, lost, pain
I am a professional and qualified counsellor based in Northfield, South Birmingham. Not far from Halesowen, Solihull, and Bromsgrove. I have over 21 years experience of working as a counsellor with individuals and couples. I have practice as a therapist in a wide range of organisations including a Further Education college, prisons, counselling agencies, a rehabilitation centre, churches and private practice. I hold advanced qualifications in counselling and offer a supervision service to counsellors.
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, when events or relationships feel overwhelming, or we feel a loss of direction or purpose. Talking to a trained professional can help us to make sense of these challenging times and find a way through, moving us towards a better understanding of ourselves and our feelings.
I work from home offering a relaxed environment in a quiet, private, confidential space. I also offer telephone and Zoom counselling if you are not able to attend in person.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
I regularly complete CPD events every year which have included.... couple counselling, sex therapy, depression, anxiety, trauma, working with mental illness, bereavement, to name a few.
I provide a safe, confidential space in which you can discuss your feelings and concerns without being judged. I have worked with people from all around the world and am sensitive to cultural issues.
I will listen to your story in an atmosphere of trust and authenticity and then help you to explore possible courses of action and develop insight into making the choices that are right for you.
My Promise is I will not judge, I will be kind, I will listen!
People come to counselling for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can benefit from counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Issues relating to sexuality
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Feelings of being different
Sex and sexual identity
Not getting on with your partner
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. As your counsellor I will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others. I will listen to your story without judgement and help you find solutions that work for you. I can give you information but will not tell you what you should do. Depending on the issues you wish to work through, I will help you make effective changes in your life or cope with the situation you find yourself in.
Couple counselling is not only for when things get really bad. It makes sense to ask for help before you reach this stage and even if your problems seem trivial, having an impartial outside voice can be a great help. If you are willing to be honest and work at it, you will gain new perspectives about each other and the way you relate, and you will learn new ways of being together as you explore your thoughts and feelings together. All couples are welcome, whether married or not, living together or not, and irrespective of sexuality.
You may be a church minister or a leader working in a charity. Or perhaps a teacher, nurse, doctor or similar. You need a safe space to offload, chat in confidence and reflect. As an experienced minister, a qualified counsellor, and a former manager in the charitable sector I have experience and skills to share and am available for regular and contracted listening. This can provide you with a space to be open and to reflect with the support and insight of an objective person.
This approach can help with processing issues around relationships, decisions, policies, conflict and inner struggles.
I seek to offer you a safe and confidential space and I will take seriously your wellbeing, growth, and development within your work and vocation.
Because I feel this is so important I offer this service at a very affordable rate. Please contact me if you are interested.
I am a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor. My supervision philosophy is person-centred combined with an authentic and healthy working relationship. The supervisory relationship is the foundation on which a model or theory can be built. It provides for the safe, ethical and competent counsellor the self-awareness and skills needed to practise at the highest level. I work in a collaborative and accessible way that enables the counsellor to grow, develop and ask questions, in a safe place. Working with me will ensure you stay grounded, maintain professional and ethical boundaries and regularly practise self-care.
Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions or to see if I'm the right supervisor for you.
I work from home in Northfield, Birmingham B31 2QD, offering a relaxed environment in a quiet, private, confidential space. Transport links are near and regular, and there is free car parking on the street outside the house.
I also offer telephone and Zoom counselling if you are not able to attend in person.
General or couple counselling
Concessionary rate for students
Concessionary rate for front-line workers
Appointments are normally available on weekdays between 8.30 am and 9.00 pm. In exceptional circumstances weekend appointments may be possible.
It can be scary and confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist, but in my experience people will struggle with a mental health issue, a personal crisis or problems with a relationship for much longer than is healthy.
Sometimes a friend has proved a source of comfort, but this help can only go so far. Realising that resolving a problem requires something more means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem - it allows you to get a different perspective, explore personal problems and identify solutions. sometimes it's challenging to talk to friends, family or work colleagues, mates or neighbours about what is really going on in our lives. Counselling offers you a non judgemental place to explore a different narrative and outcome. Why not give it a go?
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues you are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach. My aim is to help you to move on in your life, and to go at your pace.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1 week. After this we would agree a set number of sessions at a set time every week that is convenient to both parties. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availability of a suitable weekly.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling differ from talking to a friend or relative.
There are some situations where you may be at risk to yourself or another person, and where this is the case I am bound by the law to notify an appropriate authority, so breaking confidence. These situations arise very rarely, and you would be advised before I break your confidentiality.
I'm a genuine, kind and authentic person, who is empathetic and understanding, and I have years of seeing people break through in challenging situations and passionately believe that it can bring great and lasting change. Following time with me many clients have started to reach their potential, while others have felt believed and listen to.
I always place my clients best interests the heart of counselling.