who we are

We are registered and experienced members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work according to its Ethical Framework. We both have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Click here for more information

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.’


Lou Birks MA MBACP

‘I have spent many years working in mental health, personal development and adult education, most recently as a Counsellor at Noah’s Ark.  I am also proud to say that I have had to use counselling and psychotherapy in the past myself.  I work sensitively, with great compassion and in a down-to-earth, practical way.

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, or always being down on yourself and beating yourself up.  Whatever it is, I can work in a short or long term way towards your aim – sometimes we all just need a bit of help.’ 

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