Lisa Waterhouse BSc (Hons) Adv. Dip Registered MBACP
Hello and welcome!
Sometimes life can be challenging. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety and panic or feelings such as despair or sadness and wonder why this is happening. Maybe you feel stuck, frustrated, stressed out and overwhelmed. Perhaps you are suffering as a result of a trauma in your life and are struggling to cope with painful and distressing feelings. If your relationships are difficult or you are experiencing separation or divorce, you may be feeling angry or confused and don’t know how you can change anything.
If you are going through a difficult time or wanting to make changes in your life, I can help you work through whatever is troubling you. In my experience, change is possible.
I am an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. This means I am not aligned to one particular model, or approach. Instead I draw on a range of theories and methods such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and CBT. My way of being with you acknowledges your reality, experience and unique style of self-expression.I place a strong emphasis on establishing a working relationship that is respectful, honest, and trustworthy, helping you to explore and reflect upon thoughts, emotions and behavioural patterns that have shaped the view you have about yourself, your life and others. This helps you to understand yourself and your difficulties, and become better equipped to face and resolve the troubling issues we experience in our lives.
I offer my clients a safe, calm and relaxing place to share thoughts and feelings in a confidential setting without fear of judgement. It is not about being given advice or told what to do, but I will help you work through your issues, whatever they are. I can help with a wide range of issues such as coming to terms with loss, bereavement and trauma, or life changes such as redundancy and retirement. Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety and depression can all result from what life throws at us. Sometimes we need help to cope when our feelings become overwhelming and using CBT and other specific techniques I can help you to manage and feel better. Whatever you bring to counselling, together we can work through your problems and find an effective way forward for you.
I offer an opportunity to work creatively, where clients can use a variety of art media: drawing, painting, mask-making, collage, and clay which can facilitate self-discovery, change, and healing. People have different ways of expression and working with art materials can help to communicate thoughts and feelings in ways that talk therapy cannot do. Clients can use art-making to work through their experiences in a nonthreatening way as emotions are often beyond words and every work of art tells a story. It can be particularly helpful if it is difficult to put feelings into words as expression through art can help clients to make sense of their experiences, feelings, and perceptions.
When we begin anything new there are natural anxieties that surface. You may have mixed feelings or feel nervous about contacting me and you might not know what to expect. You may have lots of questions about therapy and how this might work for you, or be concerned how change might impact others in your life. I am happy to speak to you over the telephone, or by email, and take the time to answer your questions before you come to counselling. This can reassure you about what is involved and in the ongoing sessions.
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. My therapy room is a calm, quiet and comfortable garden room, with plenty of parking space available.
I work on a one to one basis with adults and young people in Spalding, Lincolnshire. I don't currently work with couples.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate and I am fully insured.
"I thought change in my life was impossible. I have learned a great deal about myself and have a clearer understanding of my situation. Lisa is a great listener and I have been able to let off steam, which has really helped. My life is already very different now."
"Through my counselling sessions with Lisa, I began to feel less alone and more in tune with my feelings. I have come to understand myself more and feel more confident and able to cope. I have struggled with low self worth and Lisa has been an incredible help."
"Counselling has been such a support through a very difficult time in my life. It helps just knowing someone understands how you feel and is there for you. It really helped me get through this and has changed my approach to life."
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling
Dip.HE Integrative counselling
Alongside private practice, I currently work in various settings as a play therapist for a leading charity. I also deliver workplace training on mental health issues, self harm and anxiety. I work with several other charities as a counsellor, supporting both adults and young people experiencing a wide range of difficulties.My diverse background includes working in various fields such as project management, retail management, adult education and childcare. As a practicing artist I have worked as an artist-in- residence, teaching creative projects in both primary and secondary schools and various community projects.
I have extensive training and experience working in the creative industries and believe a creative process can offer a way to communicate effectively and authentically, alongside traditional talking therapy.
My career choices in this field have all shaped who I am and my practice as a counsellor, in particular, my work with children and young people. I developed a passion for wanting to help children express feelings, make sense of their experiences and to make positive choices for themselves. I wanted to help heal the hurt. This is what eventually brought me to counselling and I am passionate about providing opportunities for self-expression, connection and recovery.
I am a registered member of BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- 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 work with young people, both children and adolescents. Please visit my website for more information.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Humanistic therapies
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£45 per session.
* I have a few spaces reserved for people on lower incomes so please ask if you need one of these. I offer discounts for trainee counsellors currently attending a course.
You can contact me by email, telephone or text. Please leave a message if I am unable to answer your call. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am located in Spalding, Lincolnshire, within easy reach of the A16 and A17. I am in easy reach of Boston, Peterborough, Deepings and Stamford and just a short 15 minute walk from the train station and town centre. There is a bus stop opposite and ample parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available during usual working hours, and offer some limited evening appointments. Please get in touch for current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|