Lisa Williams BSc (Hons), DipsCouns, MBACP, Dip Hyp
07716968645 / 07716968645
Finding a counsellor can be a frightening process and I therefore aim to make it as easy and as stress free as possible (see www.stockportcounselling.com) and affordable as well as offering different methods of payment. As a counsellor I will help you to identify and cope with your feelings before moving on to help you find solutions to your issues (if appropriate) and I will support and facilitate you during this process so that you can go on to live the life that you want. I do this without judging you and in a safe and confidential setting.
I am based in Stockport, however I can also offer sessions via a secure webcam, so if you aren't local or have problems getting to me then sessions via a webcam may be more suited to you. Further information is regularly posted on my website (www.stockportcounselling.com)
Payment for sessions can be made in cash or cheque or I can accept payments online via debit/credit card or PayPal provided that payments made in this way are made 24hours ahead of the session (sorry - I don't have credit card facilities in my therapy room). I am able to offer weekday evening appointments and weekend appointments in a safe and professional counselling environment.
I use person centred skills, which means that I put you at the centre of any therapy, and I combine this with an integrative and problem solving approach so that I can help you to reach your own conclusions.
As each person is an individual I will use different skills for example, to help you to deal with or understand the issues that are troubling you.
Through counselling I can help you to find acceptance and understanding and help you bring about the positive changes you may be looking for so that you can lead a happy and fulfilled life.
I have a experience in dealing with a range of issues including (but not limited to) depression, anger management, relationship difficulties, bullying, self harm, sudden death, bereavement, low self-esteem, anxiety, domestic violence, rape and couples counselling.
I also offer on-line counselling via a webcam. Please see my website for further details and how to make a booking (www.stockportcounselling.com)
Please contact in confidence to arrange an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor, and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP) and I am fully insured.
I have worked as an integrative counsellor in a GP practice for two years as well as in private practice. I have experience in dealing with a range of issues, including bereavement, low self-esteem, anxiety, self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am available for evening and weekend sessions in Stockport as well as online counselling via a webcam.
I am qualified in the following:
Diploma in Theory and Practice of Counselling
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
More recently I have qualified as a Hypnotherapist and am a member of the Hypnotherapy Society. I can therefore teach you relaxation techniques to lower stress and anxiety levels and to aid sleep.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a experience in dealing with a range of issues including (but not limited to) depression, anger management, relationship difficulties, bullying, self harm, sudden death, bereavement, low self-esteem, anxiety, domestic violence and rape.
I am also able to offer hypnotherapy and can teach you relaxation and NLP techniques where appropriate.
Find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stockport-Counselling-and-Hypnotherapy/228304363929791
and follow me on Twitter @StockportCouns
Sessions cost £30 per session for individual counselling and £40 per session for couples (50-60 minutes)
I can accept payment via cash or cheque , debit, credit card or PayPal
Concessions available for students, retired and unemployed - please enquire at the time of booking.
I am able to offer a discount for people who would like to block book a number of sessions - please enquire at the time of booking.
I do require a non-refundable 50% deposit to secure an initial appointment. This will be off-set against the fist appointment fee.
Why I became a counsellor
My name is Lisa Williams and I am a wife and mother to a teenage son. I work fulltime as a team manager in the NHS (not as a counsellor) as well as a person-centred counsellor offering solution-focussed therapy. I work in my own private practice in Stockport and have volunteered as a counsellor in a local GP practice from 2008 to 2013. Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2009 I have also qualified as a hypnotherapist and in 2014 gained a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Health and Social Care from the Open University. In the spring of 2015 I will be embarking on a Post-grad qualification in leadership.
Why did I decide to become a therapist?
Although I had gone through counselling for post natal depression and then later bereavement counselling. This was not my reason for training to be a counsellor. I didn’t make a decision to become a therapist until my last year of training. In fact it was only after I had sat in front of ‘real’ clients as a trainee during the final 18 months of training that I decided that becoming a therapist was something that I definitely wanted to do. Until then I had undertaken counselling training as a way to find out about myself as part of my own personal development.
My journey began when I enrolled on an assertiveness course on a Saturday morning. My main reason for this was I had arrived at a place that I didn’t like and I didn’t like myself much either. I was in constant turmoil and stick in a please where I struggled to say the word ‘No’. I went along with everyone, complying with his or her wishes and fulfilling their needs rather than mine– a people pleaser. I realised that I wasn’t happy with this anymore. As I used to get angry with myself for going along with what others wanted rather than what I wanted. Hence I thought a course in assertiveness would be the answer.
It was during this course (which was only a few weeks long) that I met someone who had just completed a short 10 week course in counselling concepts. Over the weeks she began to talk about her experiences on this course and, something inside of me started to whisper ‘what have you got to lose’. It must have been fate as when I looked into it there was a counselling course running near me; and it was at a time and a place that I could make. My husband was apathetic ‘yes love whatever you want – you know I’ll support you’. This is his standard answer which he repeats at frequent intervals without breaking his gaze from the TV. So off I went. It wasn’t easy to go on my own, I admit. I was anxious and nervous but what was the worst thing that could happen?
The 10 weeks went by in a flash and I remember thinking at the end of the counselling concepts course ‘is that it’ – It didn’t feel finished. It felt like I had a lot more to learn. So I enrolled for a one-year course in counselling skills and again at the end of the course felt like I had only scraped the surface.
So off I went to enrol on a 2 year Diploma course – the final stage to becoming a qualified counsellor. I remember thinking ‘I won’t get onto the course, after all competition is fierce so the decision would be made for me’. But I was accepted and I spent the next two years questioning myself and others and all those around me and closest to me. What was I doing, who was I and who were they?
When I qualified as a therapist my hopes and dreams were that I wanted to work with more clients on a regular basis either as part of an organisation or in private practice. My main goal is to reduce my hours in my full-time job and to do more of what I love – counselling.
I still have the same goals and aspirations and it’s hard work building up a practice and at the moment I am not yet in a position to reduce my hours at work so I counsel clients in my spare time. But I love it and I am still working towards my goals. The more I practice though, the more I want to learn and I am now constantly looking for new courses and qualifications in order to enhance my own development and knowledge.
There is no one thing that makes you a good therapist. For me the relationship with the client is very important. Clients need to know that they can trust you and this can sometimes take a while so patience helps. Clients also need to feel understood and heard and this is sometimes what brings people to counselling as clients can often feel that those closest to them just don’t ‘get them’ or understand them. Being genuine and honest with clients is very important as well as letting them know that they are in a safe place and are free to speak or cry. I listen to my ‘gut instinct’ a lot too and this serves me well especially if I feel that I need to challenge a client who I feel isn’t engaging with the process.
Often people ask why I enjoy being a counsellor as some people can come to counselling with very distressing issues. However it can be very rewarding especially when you witness a ‘light bulb’ switching on in the clients mind. When this happens it’s very visible as something within them lights up. This can happen at any time during the process. But the greatest satisfaction is when therapy ends and they leave the therapeutic relationship a different and stronger person then when they began therapy. There is no other feeling better than this.
Becoming a counsellor has changed me. I have lost friendships but I have gained better ones. I am calmer and take a step back from situations more than I used to rather than reacting. I’m not perfect and I am still learning – we all are; but life is a constant journey full of twists and turns and at each new junction if I can pause to reflect then I will.
If you think talking therapy could help you get in touch. For more information on my services and fees please seewww.stockportcounselling.com
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Evenings and Weekends
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