Meet the Team

Annette Lilley – Counsellor

Annette qualified from The University of Birmingham in 2007 and spent 10 years working in a large secondary school in Birmingham delivering 1:1 counselling, therapy groups and Mindfulness to young people aged 11-18 as well as working with adults through her private practice. Annette delivers training about mental health awareness, attachment, working with suicide and autism to schools, organisations as well as counsellors and psychotherapists.

Annette is the director of Meridian Therapeutic Services CIC and manages and runs The Meridian Centre. She is passionate about delivering affordable and accessible therapy for people through the low-cost counselling and psychotherapy service at the centre as well as supporting trainee and newly qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

Graham Mackay – Psychotherapist

Graham is a full member of the Institute of Group Analysis, has been convenor for the Midlands Foundation Course in group analysis and has taught on the IGA Diploma courses in Supervision and Reflective Practice in Organisations.

He is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a therapist and UKCP approved supervisor.

Graham originally trained as a psychiatric nurse and has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, with a particular interest in groupwork, therapeutic community and developing psycho-dynamically informed services for people diagnosed with personality disorders. He was a specialist psychotherapist in the local mental health trust.

He now works part-time as Trust Lead for Clinical Supervision in Birmingham and Solihull mental health foundation trust.

He has a particular interest in developing a model of compassion focussed group psychotherapy alongside compassion focussed staff support & supervision groups.

He also has a small private practice, offering individual and group psychotherapy, supervision to individuals and teams and bespoke training in areas such as working with personality disorder, staff support & well-being and compassionate mind approaches.

Debbie Radford – Counsellor

Debbie is a fully qualified integrative counsellor, and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP). If you are currently experiencing anxiety or low mood, Debbie can offer a warm and compassionate therapeutic relationship where you can explore how you are feeling. Debbie will support you in a process of reflection and help you to understand the underlying processes. Therapy can help heal past wounds and connect to your inner wisdom and strength, so that you can move forward with clarity, calm and renewed confidence.

To find out more, email Debbie, or visit her website.


Kate Wixon – Mindfulness

Kate is a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, who trained with Breathworks, The British Mindfulness Institute and Mindfulness in Schools Project and has a .b qualification. Kate worked in secondary schools, introducing Mindfulness into the curriculum for students with barriers to learning and introducing Mindfulness and Meditation skills to staff and parents.

Kate delivers English tutoring to children and young people, particularly those that are struggling with their mental health and attending school and has a particular interest in working with Autistic people.

Kate has recently left teaching after 30 years in the profession, to focus on delivering Mindfulness in the community and developing yoga practice in order to incorporate this into her sessions.

Sarah Theaker – Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassionate Mind Practitioner

Sarah is a graduate of the Contemporary School of Yoga and Central England College of Mindfulness and her community yoga group Embody Yoga is based in King’s Heath and Yardley Wood, Birmingham.

Sarah’s yoga and mindful living business focuses on strength through union, collective care, accessible everyday mindfulness, simple meditation and trauma-informed mindful movement and slow yoga practices, building a truly inclusive community and holding space for students to make their own discoveries, take up space, know their own worth and discover the strength of learning and sharing with others.

Sarah encourages slow nourishing living, slow embodied movement, curiosity, fun and taking our yoga practice ‘off the mat’ into our everyday lives.

Sarah is a trauma-informed Lived Experience Practitioner and also delivers her unique MakeSpaceBreathe mindful wellbeing course as well as compassion-focused training courses and Compassionate Mind Training to various NHS trusts, independent wellbeing centres, community organisations and in corporate settings. New students, groups and complete beginners are always welcome at her independent in-person and live Zoom classes, training courses and workshops.

Hope Peckover – Integrative Psychotherapist

Hope is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist registered with both the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Working with children, adolescents and adults Hope believes everyone has the ability and potential to live a balanced and contented life – regardless of how unbalanced and overwhelming it may be currently feeling.  For Hope, therapy can be a space in which to process, offload and explore what is happening for us and why things don’t feel right.

To find out more about Hope and the therapeutic services she offers, please visit her website

Joseph Mbaeru – Integrative Counsellor

Jo is a BACP-registered, fully certified integrative counsellor who employs a variety of modalities based on your specific needs. Trained in person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, and Gestalt approaches, Jo works with people from all walks of life on a multicultural basis. Colleagues and clients describe him as kind, empathetic, and non-judgmental.  Jo will present a safe space for you to explore whatever issue has brought you to therapy and can work with a wide range of issues from depression, anxiety, and panic through to trauma, and suicidal thoughts.​​

Khalida Khan – Integrative Therapist

Khalida offers counselling for individuals, offering them the space to explore unhelpful feelings, thoughts and behaviours so they can improve relationships, mental health and well-being.  Clients describe Khalida as a supportive, caring and non-judgemental and she will work through problems in a way that is most helpful to you. Sessions can be online or face to face.

Do you need support to improve your relationships, reduce anxiety and stress? Are you experiencing difficulty with relationships at home or at work, bereavement, work related stress, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, low self esteem or general feelings of lost confidence and motivation? Counselling can enable you to make sense of the meanings behind your experiences, develop insight and new ways to adjust and move forward.

Jane Barber – Trainee Psychotherapist (Jungian analytical psychotherapy) 

Jane is a fourth year trainee at West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy [WMIP] and member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy [UKCP]. Jane has had a long career working as a doctor in the NHS, in General Practice, Pain Clinic, Drugs and Alcohol Misuse and in Palliative Care.  Jane offers open ended in depth psychotherapy for those seeking to find out more about themselves and the things that may have caused depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, addiction, or just a feeling of being not quite right or incomplete. 

Jane currently has space for those wondering about twice or three times weekly therapy, which allows a deep trusting relationship to develop and facilitates change of even longstanding unwanted patterns of thought and behaviour.  Low fee therapy available.