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MBACP (Accred)

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

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.

When I work

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.

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2

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.