Lisa Edmonds Dip. Couns., MBACP (reg.)
The Saffron Walden Therapy Room
37 Audley Road
01799 794795 / 07724 164508
In life we can face many different challenges and these experiences can leave us struggling, feeling lost and wondering how we got there. We try to cope but end up feeling anxious, stressed, tired and unhappy. We can become stuck, wanting things to change but just don’t know how and this can be a time when we seek counselling.
How I work:
I provide a warm and safe environment for you to openly explore your thoughts and feelings without the fear of being judged. The counsellor-client relationship is an integral part of the therapy and you will be valued, encouraged and supported throughout our sessions together.
To help understand why you cope with things in a particular way and why you feel and react the way you do, part of our work will involve exploring your past, the patterns of behaviour formed over the course of your life and how it may be impacting your life in the present-day.
Some of our work will include looking at your defence mechanisms and how they are working for you. These are coping strategies unconsciously put in place at times when we need to protect our own emotional well-being. However, we can hang onto some of these defences even if they are no longer needed, they become outdated and can instead hold us back. We will work together to replace these old defences with better ways of coping which are more beneficial to your life now.
We will also explore the different relationships in your life, identifying the part they are playing and your role within them.This will also form part of the work in couple/relationship counselling in order to improve communication and to help work through and resolve issues within the relationship.
Exploring these and making sense of it all will help you to a place of deeper understanding and self-acceptance, allowing you to recognise other options available, enabling you the freedom to make changes and move forward.
I am an integrative counsellor working mainly from a psychodynamic approach but also incorporating the concepts from other approaches such as humanistic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in our work together. These approaches can all complement each other and I will always work in your best interest.
I have considerable experience of working with anxiety, relationship issues, stress related issues, perfectionism, family issues, lack of confidence and low self-esteem. I also have significant experience working with those who have suffered a bereavement, helping them through one of the most difficult times of their life and was an accredited bereavement volunteer with the national charity Cruse for a number of years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Awareness in Bereavement Care
Introduction to Counselling Skills
Self-harm and suicide ideation
A Child's Grief
Sudden & Traumatic Death
Bereavement and Trauma
Bereaved by Suicide
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Pregnancy and birth
Individuals: £40 per one hour session
Couples: £60.00 per session (1hr 15min)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments available including evenings and weekends
Types of client