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 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 therapist in a number of contexts, including Bradford University, WomenCentre in Huddersfield and the Noah’s Ark Centre, both in Halifax and for their outreach service at Hebden Bridge GP practice. I also taught counselling courses for Calderdale Council for several years.

*Liz works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on Thursday mornings
e: liz@roominside.org.uk    m: 07487 225 584


Lou Birks MA MBACP 

Counsellor & Psychotherapist/Supervisor

I have extensive experience 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’.  

NB From September ‘21 my contact email will be lou@iacta.co.uk for counselling/psychotherapy or supervision.

e: lou@roominside.org.uk m: 07756 467 785.

Our Qualifications:

Both Lou and Liz hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Relational Counselling & Psychotherapy (Leeds Beckett University). We actively engage in continuing professional development and training to support and enhance our work as therapists.

As members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) we work according to its Ethical Framework.

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

Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis (TA) Gestalt, CBT, Creative, Existential and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)