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Therapy & Counselling for all ages. The award-winning AoC which stands for The Arts of Change is a counselling and therapy based in the West Midlands, and we can either support you face-to-face at our beautiful healing studios in the heart of Dudley, or offer telephone or video counselling, so you can be anywhere in the UK or overseas.

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Jeni Taylor

10 May 2019

Christian's help with my daughter has been invaluable in getting her and our relationship back on track. His creative, relaxed and down to earth personality make him available to teenagers, and the rest of the AOC staff are a pleasure to work with.My heartfelt Thanks to you all.

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Jacquie Purcell

9 November 2018

My son loved all his sessions. Excellent service.

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Luke Reilly

9 November 2018

A very loving environment Christian was amazing and very supportive I am greatly in debted to him

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Mandi Wilberts

9 November 2018

Excellent service. Christian is amazing and had worked wonders with our family. Can not thank this team enough.

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Eve Meade

9 August 2018

The AOC has been an invaluable lifeline to our children, parents and families , our children absolutely LOVE their sessions with Christian Dixon , through his therapeutic work along with nurturing, play, art and coping mechanisms the impact on families was been amazing, I cannot recommend this service enough and if I could give more than 5 stars I would !!!! Eve Taylor - Safegaurding Officer - Old Park Primarily School More...

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Ashley Parker

9 August 2018

Amazing service. Brilliant staff, therapists and counsellors. So kind and caring. As soon as you walk into the counselling studios in Dudley, you feel at ease. I had problems with my eating disorder and they really helped me. Can't thank them enough. Highly, highly recommended. Thanks so much. You helped turn my life around. More...

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Julie Franklin-baker

9 August 2018

What a wonderful place. Professionally providing therapeutic and counseling services.

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Richard Morris

2 August 2018

The AOC have offered me great support, understanding and patience in order to help. They continue to provide a professional and invaluable service that can be designed to your own needs and circumstances

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Ryan Smith

20 July 2018

The AOC has been very helpful supporting me and giving advice and information about dealing with various issues.

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Sandra

17 July 2018

Excellent company, always lovely to deal with :)

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Laura Swift

13 July 2018

The AOC really does help and support people, empowering them and providing confidence.

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D Nicell

29 June 2018

Smooth service

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Rachel stretton

23 June 2018

Brilliant..

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Katie

22 June 2018

Excellent service

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Jay

20 June 2018

Exceptional company with a wonderful team of professionals. HIghly recommend

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loraine burgwin

20 June 2018

Fantastic for residents living on our court - a memory tool used at its best!

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David Morgan

19 June 2018

Nice staff, friendly environment

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Dan Millard

19 June 2018

Very good, would highly reccomend

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Nathon Kerr

19 June 2018

Incredible people and place

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Michelle Hellend

18 June 2018

We are very lucky to have Christian Dixon as our Drama Therapist. Christian works with a lot of our children in school and has done so for a number of years. He makes such a difference to their lives!The children love going to see Christian, the work he does with them is amazing. Our parents are also full of admiration for him and the work that he does with their children.Thank you Christian, I wish you were here everyday! More...

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Pam Springer

18 June 2018

Very Accessible and friendly, good communication. Quick to respond to concerns and queries.Work undertaken is to a high standard.

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Gemma Lees

18 June 2018

Am amazing company who work hard to help and support people who are going through difficult times in their lives.

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KH

18 June 2018

Highly recommended

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Liam Thomson

18 June 2018

Great absolutely loved it

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Connie Stretton

18 June 2018

Excellent service.

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Jennifer Gregory

17 June 2018

Fantastic service..

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Maxine Soper

17 June 2018

Great people who do an amazing job.

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Alison Hargreaves

17 June 2018

Such a caring and friendly company

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Ms S M Ryal

17 June 2018

Chris has a wealth of experience in his field and an unrivalled dedication to caring for and helping people through all manner of life and mental health challenges. I would not hesitate in recommending The AoC. More...

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Nate

17 June 2018

Brilliant service and such caring staff. They do great workshops and courses too.

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Natalie Moore

17 June 2018

This place has been my saviour. Christian is outstanding. By far the best counsellor I've had.

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Lydia Dunne

17 June 2018

Have worked with the AOC previously and really love their dedication to the people that they work with. I would definitely recommend here for both young people and adults. A great service, making a real difference to people More...

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alex jay

16 June 2018

I am so glad I had some counselling at the aoc. The staff there were fantastic and the support I received has changed my life, I wish I'd had the courage to approach them sooner. I would strongly recommend them A+++++++ More...

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Teresa McElroy

16 June 2018

Without a doubt - 5 Star Excellent! Knowing the people and services provided by AoC, I have no hesitation in giving this a 5 star Excellent Review!

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Usman Afzal

16 June 2018

The AoC are a very forward thinking, inclusive and creative organisation who are able to provide and deliver quality pieces of work to children, young people, adults and families to enable them to unpick the difficulties they follow. I would highly recommend the AoC to anyone. More...

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Maxine Hatton

16 June 2018

They provide an excellent service

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Ruth

15 June 2018

I can honestly say that I am very thankful for the services that The AOC provide and I am so glad that I found them!

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Luke Turner

15 June 2018

very helpful

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Rachael Orrell

15 June 2018

Very professional, deeply caring with wisdom and understanding of the diversity of human complexities of all ages.

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Melissa

15 June 2018

Professionals who are passionate about their subject matter so they can help others understand and make significant changes in their lives. I would recommend this service without hesitation. More...

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Vivine

14 June 2018

Very professional with friendly and efficient staff.

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Miss AL Vowles

14 June 2018

I rarely write reviews, however I have to say, after my experience of the AOC, it truly is a brilliant company. Christian and the team are extremely professional and amazing at what they do. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Keep up the great work! More...

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Joanne Sheen

14 June 2018

The AoC provides pupils and families at our school with exceptional care and support. The impact on our children has been tremendous. Following therapy they are able to utilise the strategies they have gained to manage their feelings and challenging situations more appropriately. The personal development they gain helps them deal with the adverse childhood experiences that many of our pupils face.The service provided by The AoC is excellent. Christian is a highly valued member of our team who has worked with us for a number of years. Our staff, children and their parents love him and we only wish he could be with us full time. More...

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Jo Slim

30 May 2018

The AOC have been such a great help to me and my family :0) everyone is so friendly yet professional. Thank you.

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Abbie Cooper

22 May 2018

I came to the AOC at a bad time in my life - and left not even a year later feeling like I might actually be all right. I feel like I was truly understood and cared for here, and not just by the particular person I was there to see.I had the pleasure of working with Jen Deacon to help me recover from a recent tumble back into a period of depression and a total lack of confidence in myself or my own worth. My journey to self-acceptance has been rocky but I honestly feel like Jen was a crucial part of it. It didn't feel like she told me to feel better about myself, but encouraged to look into the reasons why I felt I couldn't and I've learned so much about myself in the meantime.I would recommend the AOC to anyone, there are genuinely good and helpful people working here and they want to help you. More...

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21 May 2018

I have recently had the pleasure of sitting with Christian Dixon for a series of one to one sessions to help with a period of anxiety and panic attacks.I was nervous to begin with but Christian puts you immediately at ease and rather than feeling like a formal counselling meeting I found that it was more like chatting and confiding in a trusted friend. I felt the journey I went through in our sessions was gently guided by Christian but unwittingly driven by me rediscovering and developing a confidence in myself that had taken a tumble.I would highly recommend The AOC to anyone who needs any support however big or small and wouldn't hesitate to return for help if required in the future. More...

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Rachael Jones

16 May 2018

I would highly recommend this company, my mentor here has got me through some real struggles over the past year and I can honestly say I wouldn't know where is be without their support and guidance

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David R

15 May 2018

The AoC have helped me to focus on the positive things and focus more on myself instead of other people. This has helped me to cope with stress, anxiety in social situations.

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Richard Morris

30 July 2017

Very professional and friendly staff, warm atmosphere and welcoming venue

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Artspace Dudley

30 July 2017

I joined some Drama workshops at Artspace 4 years ago with Christian. The workshops helped me with my self-esteem and gave me the confidence to go on and become the Secretary of Artspace.

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Marie Bairner

30 July 2017

I have been working with Christian for the last 14 months, he has helped me untangle unhealthy thinking patterns left over from the past and take control as an adult and leave the hurt behind, thank you Christian.

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iain alexander

27 November 2016

Had the great pleasure of working for this company for a week , I decorated their new offices . They were easy to get on with and they paid on time ." Keep up the great work " Iain Alexander I M A Building services More...

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KatieH-48

15 July 2016

Superb service, professional staff. Highly recommend them to anyone seeking help or advice.

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AbbieF-1

15 July 2016

Faultless. Very, Very impressed with their services.

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BenF-30

15 July 2016

A very professional service dedicated to helping their clients to the very best standard. Fantastic team of staff who are always very helpful and polite.

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I am a professional lead therapist with The AoC and have been a qualified therapist for over 22 years with a lot of experience but every day feels new and different, What I particularly love most about the job is the fact that although clients walk into our studios or receive telephone or video counselling and therapy support - with what may appear to be the same issue or difficulty, behind the similarities are unique individuals, and that is what I love most - working with the heart and soul of my being to help these truly amazing and diverse human beings recover or grow or transform into even better human beings.

We wanted to make a difference and found that there weren't many organisations offering what we do. We spent eighteen months before we even opened our doors to clients - just trying to work out what kind of service we would offer. It took a long time, but he haven't regretted one single day.

We have been nominated twice now for Partner of The Year award and this year came in the top three out of ten possible organisations for our great service to others. We won our first award in 2016 for being innovative and creative. We think you should choose us because we don't have a long waiting list, so you can be assured that you or a loved one can receive counselling and therapy support quickly, and all our counsellors and therapists and qualified , registered and fully trained and best of all we go out of our way to make your visit or call meaningful and if you don't believe us - just go onto our website and read all our amazing testimonials and video reviews.

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