Lisa Cross - BA (Hons), MBACP Accredited - Individual & Couple counsellor
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My aim as a counsellor is to form a relationship with my clients that reflects the individual nature of their personality and needs and, importantly, allows them to work at their own pace. Having a regular time and space within which difficulties can be safely and openly explored without fear of judgement, criticism or embarrassment can be the key to enabling change and development.
Whether we are experiencing problems ourselves or within relationships, the success of life's journey depends on our ability to deal with the inevitable challenges along the way. Deep-rooted patterns and early experiences impact on how we respond to situations and counselling helps to increase our understanding of how our behaviours have developed; this will make it easier to make new choices and move us towards living the life we want to.
Counselling is appropriate for anyone who wants to explore their inner thoughts and emotions and is choosing to make change. Whilst the work can be challenging, counselling is a positive experience which encourages greater self-awareness and promotes a life that is more satisfying and fulfilling.
I have considerable experience in counselling individuals and couples and I cover a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, health and relationship issues. I also specialise in treating trauma and phobias using a technique that can be successful after just one or two sessions.
I work on both a short term and long term basis depending on individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and accredited integrative counsellor and have a First Class BA Hons Degree in Integrative Counselling.
My integrative training means I have the ability to draw upon the different theories of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice including the use of Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT) and Mindfulness excercises. I am also trained in The Rewind Technique that is used for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other trauma and phobias.
My focus is always on developing a therapeutic relationship that reflects the individual nature of each and every client; I believe it is the strength of this relationship that is the key to the 'success' of the counselling work and it is this relationship that remains at the heart of the work.
My counselling experience includes working across a number of GP surgeries and higher education facilities, including Kingston and Roehampton University. I also currently work for a number of insurance companies, with a particular focus on the use of CBT techniques.
I receive ongoing, regular supervision and am committed to my own professional development; attending courses, reading relevant literature and articles and attending other training forums. I am currently in the process of training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) - a widely respect treatment for trauma. I will also complete my training as a counselling Supervisor in early 2017.
I have been an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) for the past three years and this means I must annually fulfil their stringent criteria to remain on their accredited register; their website can provide some useful reading (www.bacp.co.uk). I also hold full professional insurance.
I have a business research background so have spent much of my life looking at human behaviour and attitudes and how this impacts on the decisions making process.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Sessions in Richmond are charged at:
- £55 per session for individual counselling, including the assemssment session
- £80 per session for couple counselling, including the assessment session
Rates are slightly cheaper in Kingston due to the room rental:
- £50 per session for individual counselling, including the assemssment session
- £75 per session for couple counselling, including the assessment session
I do offer discounted rates for counselling students (subject to availability).
Each session lasts around 50 minutes.
My Richmond clinic is based in the heart of the town centre, opposite the train station. There are numerous car parking facilities close by and the area is also well served by a variety of bus routes.
My Kingston Clinic has free parking available, is on the 57 bus route from Kingston or Wimbledon and is a short walk from Norbiton Station.
I also work from from a location in Wimbledon (see separate listing under Wimbledon, SW19).
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