Liz Merrell (MBACP)
Thank you for coming to my profile page.
Therapy can be useful when life is difficult and nothing else seems to work. Finding the right therapist, someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe, is one of the most important factors for a successful outcome. So I hope the information below will help give you some idea of whether I might be the right person for you.
I have worked for several years one-to-one with adults and young people on a wide range of issues and difficulties. My aim is to provide support in a respectful, compassionate and down to earth way. I work mainly in a peaceful and private room in central Halifax but can also offer some sessions in Hebden Bridge.
You might be seeking a practical and solution-focused approach to your problem, or you might need something more explorative - a confidential place where you can gain some insight into what's going on for you. You might want just a few sessions or to work in a longer term, more open-ended way. The best therapy is a collaboration. I don't come with a fixed theory of what will help you, instead I work in a careful and holistic way in order to support your own process of healing. My experience of working with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, has shown that they can often signal that something needs to change in our lives or in our relationship with ourselves or other people. Sometimes the experiences that have hurt us, recently or in the past, can bring us to a standstill as a way of demanding our time and attention.
I see therapy as a useful way of finding some breathing space. Space to get in touch with yourself, to understand and care for yourself better. Space to come to terms with painful feelings or experiences. Space to gain some clarity and resilience or to make the changes you feel are needed to start living and growing again in the ways that are best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a PG Diploma in Integrative Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University). I use a variety of theoretical approaches in my work - Person-centred, TA, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, CBT, CFT, Creative therapies and Solution Focused approaches. As a registered member of the BACP, I abide by its Ethical Framework.
I have many years of experience in enabling people to explore and express themselves, both creatively and for personal development. Before working as a counsellor/psychotherapist, I originally worked in arts education with adults and young people, and later as a qualified complementary therapist using therapeutic touch and energy healing.
I have worked as a counsellor at Bradford University and WomenCentre in Huddersfield. I currently work for Noah’s Ark Centre, both in Halifax and for their outreach service at Valley Medical Centre in Hebden Bridge alongside my private practice. I have also run counselling skills training courses for Calderdale Adult Education for the past 5 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Introductory session: 30 - 40 mins - no charge
We will then agree together on a fee for all subsequent sessions from the scale below:
Adults: £35 - 45 (I can sometimes offer a limited number of further concessions)
Young people and F/T students: £30
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
The practice room is on the first floor - sorry there is no lift.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am - 7.00pm, and Thursday 8.30am - 12.30pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|