Lisa Barnard MBACP Accredited & Registered
I am an experienced counsellor, qualified to work with adults and young people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, as well as lack of confidence, sexual and emotional abuse and grief or loss of any kind.
My private practice is within walking distance of the town centre and train station and I have considerable experience of working with anxiety around work and exam stress, procrastination, and performance issues. My particular interest lies in family relationships, migration, bereavement and other significant changes or milestones in life. I also speak French and German and have lived and worked abroad.
Anyone can find themselves going through a tough time; and although it takes courage to take the first step, counselling can bring relief and a different perspective as well as a confidential place to help you talk through and make sense of what is troubling you.
The way I work is underpinned by person centred theory, so the session is tailored to your needs, offering a non-judgemental, empathic space for you to share your distress alongside someone who can help make sense of these feelings and help you access your own resilience and coping strategies. I will discuss and integrate other approaches such as solution focussed therapy, CBT or creative techniques if you think they might be helpful to you. For family issues, I am also trained to think systemically with you about your family dynamics, history and relationships.
I am a qualified BACP Accredited Counsellor which means I have been assessed as working ethically and safely and have several years counselling experience. I combine my private practice with work in a secondary school and college.
My counselling room is a quiet garden room near the centre of Guildford with free parking available and easily accessed by the surrounding areas such as Godalming and Farnham via the A3, A31, and A3100 and within walking distance from the train and bus stations.
Please contact me for a free no obligation telephone discussion about whether I am the right person to help you. I will normally pick up messages within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently part way through a post graduate training to work with families and increase my knowledge about neuroscience, child development, attachment and family systems at the Tavistock and Portman clinic.
- PG Cert Family, Adolescent and Child Mental Health
- Foundation Degree Humanistic Counselling - Greenwich University
- Certificate in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
- Certificate in CBT
- BA (Hons) Business and German
- CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
Over the past few years I have worked counselling adults, young people and families in a variety of different organisations:
- Private practice
- Secondary school counsellor
- ACM Counsellor
- Jigsaw Southeast (bereavement charity for families)
- Royal Holloway University of London
- Open House Counselling
- Parent Time (East Guildford Confederation)
- NHS Royal Surrey County Hospital
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Childhood wounds
- Exam stress
- Complicated Grief
- Road Traffic Accident
- Performance Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Self Confidence
- Self Esteem
- Student Counselling
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
£50 for 60 minutes
How I work
I work flexibly during weekdays 8.30 to 4 and can usually offer a face to face appointment within a few days.
The first session is partly a clinical assessment and also for you to see if I am the right person for you. There is no obligation to continue, but if you wish to do so, we would normally agree a regular weekly appointment for a number of sessions and then review your needs as the counselling progresses. However, as work and family obligations can be unpredictable, I can offer some flexibility with appointments given 24 hours notice.
Payment is usually by cash or cheque at the initial appointment.
If you would like to talk this through further, and check whether you think I might have the right experience to help you, please don't hesitate to contact me on 07936 796165. I will pick up messages and emails and normally get back to you within 24 hours.
- Walking distance from Guildford town centre and station
- Quiet, private room overlooking garden
- Discreet off-road parking
- free initial telephone consultation or
- 25 minute face to face @ £25 to see if we can work together
- Adult individual sessions @ £50 for 60 mins
- Daytime appointments 8.30-4pm
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French and German|
Weekdays Monday - Friday 8.30 to 4.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|