Hannah Merriman

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Manchester M2 & Leeds LS1
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me


I hope you are well.

It can be a huge thing looking for a counsellor, overwhelming sometimes. Let me tell you a bit about who I am, how I work and what you might experience in counselling to help you decide.

I practice in a Person Centred way which, simply put, means I believe you are the expert in your own growth. I believe that even when don't. My job is to create the environment in which that expertise can grow, which means your own voice finding its way out. Sometimes that comes right away, sometimes we need a little time to allow things to re-emerge. When it does happen, you can (re)discover movement where there was stuckness, clarity where there was fog and a much greater sense of self where before there may have been a sense lostness or head-spinning anxiety.

I have seen time and again that life-changing things can come about when the time is right, the therapist is right and the relationship works. 

Compassion and humour are key to how I work and I often suggest creative approaches too. My boundaries are clear and grounded, and within them, I am happy to work with anything you bring. You may come with a list or arrive clueless - both are fine. Feelings of shame and rage are welcome. These may be about past events, abuse or neglect, a current relationship, gender, sexuality, grief, parenting, children or childlessness, etc ...

With couples, my focus is allowing space for both people to find what it is they truly feel, and facilitate dialogue between the parties. It is amazing how stuck we can become, and yet, how much movement can be facilitated when the holding is right. That movement can be towards reconciliation of a previous rupture, towards greater smoothness in the daily the life of the couple or towards a harmonious separation.  

I am equally comfortable working within or outside the LGBTQI community.

As you decide how long you wish to commit to the process, shorter or long term therapy is available.

Training, qualifications & experience

2017 - Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy 

2016 - Rites of Passage Training, Dead Good Guides.

2015 - End of Life Companion, Living Well Dying Well Training.

2012-2014 - Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling accredited by the National Counselling Society.

1996-2000 MA(Hons) Social Anthropology and Social Policy

Alongside counselling I work internationally as a trainer and facilitator within corporate environments. It is important to me to be fully grounded within the therapeutic model I work within, but equally live a life that is wider than therapy alone. My current corporate clients include Microsoft, AXA Partners, The Co-Op and Shell and our work is around adaptive leadership in a rapidly changing world.

I co-run an award winning festival called Pushing Up Daisies (www.pushingupdaisies.org) whose aim is to create space for conversations around death, dying and bereavement. It is a colourful, warm-hearted, courageous attempt at culture change in the UK.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£35.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute introductory session where we talk, and decide whether we feel suited to work together.

My fees are:

Adults £45 per session (50 mins)

Young people £35 per session (45 mins)

Couples £80 per session (60 mins)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1

Type of session


Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Hannah Merriman
Hannah Merriman