Who are we?

We are a charity based in the Birmingham at the Meridian Centre. Our team of counsellors and Psychotherapists offer a wide range of approaches to suit your individual needs.

We have a range of appointments available for assessments; please phone our friendly receptionist or email in confidence.

Meet Our Team

Sam Gallo-Clinical Director

Sam is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist with experience offering short, mid, and long-term Counselling and Psychotherapist to individual adults, couples and young people. He has worked at Cedar Counselling since 2013, where he started as a therapist and clinical assessor; as well as supporting management in the delivery and improvement of clinical services.  He has held his current role of Clinical Director since 2015.

Sam is passionate about Counselling and Psychotherapy and is working hard to ensure that the service continues to offer high quality Counselling and Psychotherapy to all clients.  Sam has a strong belief that open-ended Counselling and Psychotherapy should be accessible to all.


Anne Palmer

Anne is an Integrative Counsellor, with experience of working with adults, and young people.

Anne understands that taking the first step towards starting therapy can be daunting and is a professional and empathetic counsellor who offers a safe space to explore emotional difficulties.  Anne believes that counselling is a starting point, for you to take control of your life, saying no to issues that are self-limiting and preventing you from moving forward.

Ellie McCosker

Ellie trained in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and was awarded an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from Staffordshire University in 2016. Her final thesis involved considering how yoga and mindfulness play a part in self-care and personal integration. She is a BACP and soon to be UKCP registered psychotherapist with five years’ experience of working as a counsellor and a trainee relational developmental psychotherapist at a counselling service for women in Nottingham. In this role, Ellie engaged in initial assessments as well as short and long-term work with clients.

Helen Gaynor

Helen is qualified BACP registered person-centred counsellor with experience of working with adults both male and female who have experienced difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and family and relationship difficulties.  Helen became part of Cedar Counselling’s Team in 2013.

Ian Burman

Ian is a qualified BACP registered integrative counsellor who is experienced in working with adults, couples and young people. Ian has been part of Cedar Counselling since October 2014.

Ian is very aware that taking the first step into counselling can feel daunting.  He however provides a safe space for you to explore unresolved issues and emotional difficulties.  Ian believes that beginning your counselling journey will enable you to become self aware and begin to take control of your life by challenging negative and unproductive thoughts and patterns of behaviour.

Support Team

Lisa Smith-Counselling Coordinator

Lisa joined us in January 2017, coming from a background of practice management.  Lisa qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and combines her practice management background with her counselling skills to coordinate Cedar Counselling administrative side.

Helen Burman- Administrator

Helen joined us as our administrator in June 2016. Helen gained a wealth of administration and supervisory experience whilst working within the Civil Service.


Cedar Counselling has received the Big Society Award from the prime minister in recognition of its service to the communities of Birmingham.


For more information on our Counselling Services in Birmingham, please contact us.


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