Lisa Darnell, BA, MA, PgDip, MsC, UCKP (Accred)

Lisa Darnell, BA, MA, PgDip, MsC, UCKP (Accred)

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66 High Street
East Sussex

07796930424 / 07796930424

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66 High Street
East Sussex

07796930424 / 07796930424

About me

If you are looking for a therapist you probably have a lot of questions. Why do you feel overwhelmingly worried or anxious all the time? Why does life seem to have no meaning and you lack the energy to engage in daily activities? Why are relationships so problematic for you? Perhaps you feel lonely and isolated, or that you’re wearing a mask and nobody knows the ‘real’ you. Alternatively, something unforeseen may have happened that has thrown you off course and you need help to work out what to do.

Whatever issue you bring, I can offer you the time and space to make sense of things.

I am based in central Lewes offices, two minutes from Lewes train station. I work with adults (16 +) and have a special interest in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, late adolescence and men's issues. I also specialise in working with those affected by adoption or boarding school.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a psychotherapist I have a wide range of experience in both NHS and private settings (including the Priory Clinic), providing time-limited and open-ended psychotherapy to patients presenting with severe anxiety, depression and OCD. I have also worked in higher education (providing time-limited CBT counselling to university students) and local counselling agencies (The Rock Clinic and The Brighton Women’s Centre). My core training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy which focusses on how experiences from early childhood impact on how we think and feel as adults. However, I draw heavily on humanistic therapies, family therapy and cognitive and behavioural therapies (CBT). Before I became a psychotherapist I worked as an editor, a literary agent and as a book publisher for a national newspaper.

  • MsC Psychotherapy (University of Brighton)
  • PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Brighton)
  • Professional CBT training for counsellors (University of Sussex Counselling Services)
  • MA (Hons) History (University of Cambridge)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption Issues


Men's issues

Late adolescence

Later life transitions

Workplace conflicts

Boarding School Issues


Individuals: £50 for a 50-minute session (concessions available).

Couples: £70 for a 50-minute session.

Further information

While I have trained to a very high standard, I consider my development to be ongoing and I consistently widen my knowledge and experience base. However, evidence shows that it is the relationship formed between you and the therapist that is helpful rather than the ‘type’ of therapy on offer. Most important, I believe, is to develop a mutual sense of warmth and openness so that you can talk freely about what’s troubling you.

Maps & Directions

Lewes, BN7 1XG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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