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.
At The AOC we really want to help you whether you are a family needing emotional support, a couple trying to save their relationship or trying to save money from using expensive family courts and solicitors, an individual looking for professional counselling or therapy in order to work through and heal psychological, behavioural or social difficulties.
Even if you are a community group or organisation or charity that needs experienced and high-quality trainers to deliver exciting, powerful, creative, arts-based, educational and self-developmental training programmes, workshops, short courses or one-to-one support for children, young people or adults in Dudley, Sandwell and across the West Midlands and the UK – we can help. We are based right on the border of Sandwell and Dudley where we have our own lovely therapeutic rooms and training spaces and provide a fantastic team of registered and qualified associate therapists and trainers.
We have a dedicated team of professionally trained male and female counsellors and therapists, with a wide range of different modalities including dramatherapy, integrative counselling, play therapy, psychotherapy, CBT, dance movement therapy, mindfulness practitioners and more.
We really understand many issues, are totally non-judgemental, warm and friendly and will support you all the way and even if we cannot help you directly - we will try our very best to find someone who can. We appreciate for some of our clients that reaching out for professional help can be embarrassing, a sign of failure or very scary. We aim to help you overcome those fears and encourage you to take that step towards healing and acceptance by reaching out for our committed support to help you help yourself.
• Family Conflict
• Adoption / Fostering
• Alcohol Abuse
• Anger Management
• Antisocial Personality
• Behavioural Issues
• Bipolar Disorder
• Borderline Personality
• Child or Adolescent
• Chronic Illness
• Chronic Impulsivity
• Chronic Pain
• Chronic Relapse
• Coping Skills
• Developmental Disorders
• Domestic Abuse
• Domestic Violence
• Drug Abuse
• Eating Disorders
• Emotional Disturbance
• Hearing Voices
• Internet Addiction
• Learning Disabilities
• Life Transitions
• Marital and Premarital
• Men's Issues
• Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
• Oppositional Defiance
• Peer Relationships
• Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
• Racial Identity
• Relationship Issues
• School Issues
• Self Esteem
• Sex Therapy
• Sexual Abuse
• Sexual Addiction
• Sleep or Insomnia
• Substance Abuse
• Suicidal Ideation
• Teen Violence
• Testing and Evaluation
• Trauma and PTSD
• Women's Issues
Average Cost (per session): £40 - £70
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Bank transfer, Cash, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa.
• Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
• Children (6 to 10)
• Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
• Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
• Elders (65+)
Types of Therapy & Counselling:
• Art Therapy
• Expressive Arts
• Family Systems
• Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
• Play Therapy
• Sand Play
• Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
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.
My son loved all his sessions. Excellent service.
A very loving environment Christian was amazing and very supportive I am greatly in debted to him
Excellent service. Christian is amazing and had worked wonders with our family. Can not thank this team enough.
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...
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...
What a wonderful place. Professionally providing therapeutic and counseling services.
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
The AOC has been very helpful supporting me and giving advice and information about dealing with various issues.
Excellent company, always lovely to deal with :)
The AOC really does help and support people, empowering them and providing confidence.
Exceptional company with a wonderful team of professionals. HIghly recommend
Fantastic for residents living on our court - a memory tool used at its best!
Nice staff, friendly environment
Very good, would highly reccomend
Incredible people and place
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...
Very Accessible and friendly, good communication. Quick to respond to concerns and queries.Work undertaken is to a high standard.
Am amazing company who work hard to help and support people who are going through difficult times in their lives.
Great absolutely loved it
Great people who do an amazing job.
Such a caring and friendly company
Ms S M Ryal
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...
Brilliant service and such caring staff. They do great workshops and courses too.
This place has been my saviour. Christian is outstanding. By far the best counsellor I've had.
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...
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...
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!
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...
They provide an excellent service
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!
Very professional, deeply caring with wisdom and understanding of the diversity of human complexities of all ages.
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...
Very professional with friendly and efficient staff.
Miss AL Vowles
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...
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...
The AOC have been such a great help to me and my family :0) everyone is so friendly yet professional. Thank you.
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...
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...
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
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.
Very professional and friendly staff, warm atmosphere and welcoming venue
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.
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.
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...
Superb service, professional staff. Highly recommend them to anyone seeking help or advice.
Faultless. Very, Very impressed with their services.
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.