who we are

We are all registered members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work according to its Ethical Framework. This includes attending regular clinical supervision as well as an on-going commitment to additional training.

We currently see clients for both longer term/open-ended work and for shorter/fixed term work. As we each work at Room Inside on different days, this will affect our availability to work with you outside these times.

Liz Merrell MBACP

‘I have many years of experience in enabling people to explore and express themselves, both creatively and for personal development. 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 see counselling and psychotherapy as useful ways of finding some breathing space. Space to get in touch with yourself or understand yourself better. Space to come to terms with feelings or experiences that have been making life difficult. Space to gain some clarity and resilience. I have worked as a counsellor at Bradford University, WomenCentre in Huddersfield and currently for Noah’s Ark, both in Halifax and for their outreach service at Valley Medical Centre in Hebden Bridge. I have also been running counselling skills courses for Calderdale Adult Education for the past 5 years.’

Liz works on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Wednesdays.

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Lou Birks MA MBACP

fullsizeoutput_16f‘I have spent many years working in mental health, personal development & support and education & training.  I see counselling & psychotherapy as a useful way of bringing together the conflicting parts of ourselves, that can sometimes prevent us from reaching our full potential.   I work sensitively, with great compassion and in a down-to-earth, practical way with individuals and in groups, using a clear theoretical framework.
I can help you to find out where you want to be in life – you may have a particular problem or issue to sort out, for example a difficult relationship, a bad habit, an unrealised ambition, or just always being down on yourself and beating yourself up.  Whatever it might be, I can work in a short or long term way to help you achieve your goals’. 

Lou works on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Hannah Merriman MBACP

HM Head shot‘Since working as a counsellor I have seen time and again that life-changing, and often unexpected things, can come about when you’re ready, the therapist is right and the relationship works. I hope to offer that experience to everyone I work with. I practice in a Person Centred way which means I believe you are the expert on your own growth. My role is simply to create the right environment to allow that expertise, which means your own voice, to find its way out. I work with compassion and humour and am willing to work in creative ways, if that’s what suits you best. Areas involving feelings of shame are particularly welcome in my work and I am very open to working with any issues relating to pregnancy, parenthood or childlessness. I work with individuals and couples’.

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Qualifications:

Both Lou and Liz hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Relational Counselling & Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University).

Hannah holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (accredited by the National Counselling Society).

Some of the approaches we may use in our work are:

Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT, Creative, Existential and Solution Focused.

 

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