Laurie Barnes - Miller & Barnes Counselling Practice. MBACP. Dip.Couns.

Laurie Barnes - Miller & Barnes Counselling Practice. MBACP. Dip.Couns.

1G Cavendish Court
South Parade
South Yorkshire

07578 377661

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1G Cavendish Court
South Parade
South Yorkshire

07578 377661

About me

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
  • Depression
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • 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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


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.

Further information

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

Doncaster, DN1 2DJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme