Laurie Barnes - Miller & Barnes Counselling Practice. MBACP. Dip.Couns.
1G Cavendish Court
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.
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 offer a safe, supportive and warm environment where you can talk in confidence about some of these debilitating thoughts and feelings, safely and at your own pace. I enable people to reconnect to who they are through self-exploration; through my counselling experience I feel what underpins the counselling process and allows growth is the working alliance between two people.
My training model was Person-Centred therapy and I work mainly to this modality; though 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.
I have extensive experience within the NHS, working with miscarriage, stillbirth, post-natal depression and anxiety during pregnancy.
Another area that I have a strong interest in is Trauma; initially I use trauma informed therapy to work with my clients, using grounding techniques and stabilisation. This enables my clients to regain some control within their lives and develop healthy coping strategies.
I have a wide range of experience and knowledge working with a broad range of people from varying backgrounds, cultures, ages and disability; both male and female with various problems:
- Loss/ Bereavement
- Miscarriage, stillbirth and fertility issues
- Post-natal depression
- Relationships difficulties
- Stress/ Workplace stress
- Child sexual abuse and exploitation
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Sexual, emotional and physical abuse
- Low confidence/ self - worth
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Counselling Skills
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
I offer a free 30 minute no-obligation initial session either via telephone / face to face or e-mail.
My fees are £40 per hour with concessions available.
I can offer a range of appointments including evenings and weekends, please don't hesitate to contact me via email or telephone to negotiate.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|