Miriam Hawkins Reg. MBACP
Hello, my name is Miriam and I am a Person-Centred Counsellor. This means I aim to be myself in relationship with you, rather than an ‘expert’ giving advice as to what you should do. I offer empathy and genuineness in working with you, as well as my knowledge and experience of what will help you to explore your concerns in a productive way. I believe that we all have the capacity to understand ourselves better and that counselling is a powerful way both to understand who we are and to use that knowledge effectively in order to live well.
I am BACP-registered and fully insured, which gives you the assurance that I am a qualified professional who will work with you in a safe and ethical way.
My background is in training and education. I have more than 20 years’ experience as a facilitator in communication skills development for student doctors. I am also a Specialist Mentor at a local University, working one-to-one supporting students with long-term mental health difficulties or a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum conditions.
I have particular interest in our relationship with the natural world and how our connection with it can help us heal. As well as working with you in a therapy room, I am able to offer the option of working outdoors (often called eco-therapy). This means finding a quiet space in nearby parkland where we can talk, sit or reflect, weather and daylight allowing.
Though many people first seek counselling at a time of difficulty or crisis in their lives, counselling can also help us to understand any negative or repeating patterns in life and relationships with others; in finding a sense of identity and meaning in life, or as a space to talk through thoughts and feelings that are hard to share with friends or family. You may feel it would be helpful to work with me for a short time in order to look at a specific issue, or for a longer period in order to explore the roots of your concerns.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person-Centred) CPCAB
BaHons English with Drama, University of Leeds
MA Creative Writing, University of Leeds
I have worked for a local women’s charity since 2016 providing counselling services to women, and before that I worked at another local counselling agency. My experience covers many issues that affect people, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties
- Loss of purpose and identity
- Self esteem
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
I have interest and experience in working with adults who have an Autistic Spectrum diagnosis.
I I am based near the centre of Wakefield and work from a pleasant and comfortable indoor therapy space as well as having access to nearby parkland for any outdoor work we might consider.
I work with adults 18 plus.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I aim to offer an affordable service. So that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you, I offer an initial session for £10. Thereafter, my hourly rate is between £25 and £40 by negotiation.
You can contact me by email or phone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Single storey building, no stairs, but one step up to access the building.
Types of client