About me

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.

About counselling

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

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy (National Counselling Society)


Certificate in Working With Couples, Leeds Centre for Psychological Development

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
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anger
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss of purpose and identity
  • Self esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Bullying.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

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 at no cost. Thereafter, my hourly rate is £40.  I have a limited number of reduced rate spaces available.  Please ask for details.


Due to the current situation regarding CV-19, I am not seeing clients face-to-face at present.  I am offering as an alternative telephone or Skype counselling sessions.

Further information

You can contact me by email or phone.

West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Single storey building, no stairs, but one step up to access the building.

Miriam Hawkins

Miriam Hawkins