Laurie Barnes - Miller & Barnes Counselling Practice, Dip.Couns MBACP
Through my own life experience and counselling training it is my strong belief that a person can change and learn through introspection; to become empowered to find their own way. I genuinely value a person's individuality, honesty, integrity, connection and relationship; a person’s right to freedom from external control or influence.
Working from my private practice, I help people with a wide range of difficulties, from mild to moderate anxiety and depression, diagnosed mental health issues, low self esteem and difficult work and relationship problems.
My training model was Person-Centred therapy and though I work mainly to this modality I view each person as unique and I often adapt my approach depending on your issues and your preferences, so that together we create a therapy that is best suited to you.
Many of us experience a time in our lives when we need to work through difficult emotions and experiences. I am not a fixer or a rescuer, and I don’t have all the answers. What I have recognised is that I am not afraid to sit alongside people in disorder, confusion, grief, loss, sadness and fear. At times due to external pressures and common life events we can lose ourselves and become swallowed up by what is happening around us. Life can become overwhelming and feel like there is no possible solution or way out. Some of these thoughts can result in feelings of worthlessness, we can lose our sense of self and purpose; these thoughts and feelings have the potential to manifest into symptoms of anxiety and depression. For many people this can be immobilising, in effect we can become stuck, unable to move forward.
I work in a warm, safe, transparent and collaborative way ensuring that your voice is heard and that you feel respected. Your hopes and fears can be explored without judgement enabling you come to understand yourself, your behaviours, wants, needs, anxieties, and defences. This allows you to consider and analyse alternative ways of being, to achieve fulfilment and balance within your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working with Shame; Carolyn Spring
Past Trauma and the Unconscious Mind.
Safeguarding Adults and Children.
Basic CBT Techniques - Managing Anxiety and Depression.
Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling.
Certificate in Counselling Studies - Exploration of Theories and Practice.
Perinatal Mental Heath Training - The Effects of Mental Health Antenatal and Postnatal
Zoe Lodrick Training - Trauma and the Brain
Impact of Trauma on Emotional Intimacy and Sexual Functioning
Rape Crisis National Training Programme
Domestic Abuse Signs and Risk Referral Pathways Training
EAP Counsellor, PAM Group Ltd,; anxiety and depression, work related stress. (current)
Counsellor in Private Practice, Doncaster (current)
Counsellor, Survive York. Sexual Trauma; Grounding, Stabilisation and Memory Work.
Counsellor, Care Sheffield. Bereavement, Loss and Fertility. (current)
Counsellor, J.Pickard, Hull. General Counselling; Mood Anxiety, Personality Disorders and Depression.
Counsellor, Rotherham Rise. Sexual Trauma.
Counsellor, Rotherham Hospital. Anxiety and Depression.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual clients first session has a 50% concession, to allow us to reach a mutual decision on working together. Each subsequent appointment is charged at £40 per 60 minute session. Concessions are available
Face to Face £40 (initial session £20)
Telephone and Zoom sessions £30 (initial session £15)
Concessions offered for
Miller and Barnes Counselling Practice is in a beautiful building in a great location in central Doncaster, there is onsite parking available and free offsite parking close by.
Doncaster Train and Bus Station is within walking distance.