About Alex Pledger
I’m Alex Pledger, a counsellor and coach working in Birmingham. With over 15 years’ experience, my job is to help people get their mojo back and their lives on track.
I passionately believe we all deserve to lead happy, balanced and fulfilling lives. In this busy modern world it’s not always easy, but with the right support, you can become strong and resilient.
Like all the clients I work with, I’m not always ‘sorted’ and I have my ups and downs. But I’ve learned how to handle them and to look after myself. My hobbies and interests keep me physically, mentally and emotionally nourished:
* dog walking * yoga * reading * gardening * baking cakes * dancing round the living room * running * playing tennis * knitting * Netflixing *
You can be sure that I try to walk the talk of self-care and self-love. Sometimes it can be difficult and I understand that – I’ve been there! Building a life that honours and respects who you are takes time but it’s something we can work on together.
Qualifications & Experience
I started out… a long time ago… volunteering with the Samaritans. The experience of learning to really listen and respond to people was so powerful. Being there when someone is in real need can make a huge difference. It spurred me on to start training as a counsellor, then as a coach, and in 2005 I was ready to set up my own business – Time To Change. My private practice has been running in Birmingham B14 for nearly 13 years now.
A senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling Professions I respect ethical and professional standards in all of my work. I’ve worked with various organisations including the NHS, BUPA, Aviva, Axa PPP Healthcare, Cognacity, as well as local services including All Saints Youth Project and the Refugee Council.
Along the way I’ve gathered a few qualifications:
Diploma in Integrative Counselling * Diploma in Life Coaching * Diploma In Counselling Children and Young People * Post-Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision * Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy * Post-Qualifying Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy * BA (Hons) *