Lisa Briffett MA MBACP (Senior Accred)
I am a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor with over twenty years' experience. I have been a qualified supervisor for over ten years.
In counselling, I offer work with adults and with young people aged eleven and onwards for mid to long term work.
Counselling offers a quiet space in which you can be truly listened to and have time to think and feel things through with someone alongside you.
Many issues might bring you to counselling; anxiety, stress, depression, panic, relationship or work problems, identity, loss, change, repeating patterns of unhelpful behaviour. You may need support understanding your past experiences and/or managing a current situation or problem.
My working model is probably best described as integrative, as it combines my original psychodynamic training with additional creative arts training and then mindfulness taken from the ACT model. Together we will look at what might be useful for you...
Using a psychodynamic approach means that during counselling the client and I strive to understand how the past has influenced their present thoughts, feelings and behaviour and explore unresolved issues while making any changes that the client needs in their life. This may include finding ways of doing things differently where possible.
In addition to talking therapy the use of creative arts such as image making and sand tray can work to access what might be in the unconscious and increase self awareness.
Using techniques from the ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) model we may use mindfulness strategies to learn to manage what you cannot control and make moves towards your goals and values. The ACT model looks to accept negative thoughts and emotions as part of normal psychological functioning and commit to actions that build a better life.
My years working within the NHS have given me experience of being alongside clients with a variety of health issues. This includes supporting the person with a health condition and their family members or carers.
I offer support while clients are going through transition times and life changes, such as leaving home, starting work or University, having a family, moving house, planning a retirement or career change.
I have specialist training in working with young people who are struggling to cope at school, college or at home. I have worked in schools and local charities with children and young people for many years.
In addition I see people training to be counsellors, therapists or allied health professionals who need to explore their own personal development.
Appointments are available during the day Monday to Friday and also on Monday and Thursday evenings. I work from a room separate from my house and parking is available on the driveway.
I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor seeing individuals and small groups.
I offer academic support for those engaged in the accreditation process or who need support in completing coursework for counselling/therapy work.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Sociology - 1994
Diploma in Counselling - 1996
Foundation in Art Therapy - 2007
Certificate in Counselling Young People - 2008
Certificate in Clinical Supervision - 2008
MA in Childhood and Youth - 2014
ACT for Anxiety and Depression Disorders - 2019
CPD short courses:
Trans Awareness and Inclusion; gendered intelligence - 2016
Food as medicine; FutureLearn - 2018
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also provide academic support to those completing their accreditation process or needing help with finishing coursework linked to counselling/therapy work.
Counselling is charged at:
£50 individuals for 50 minute session
Clinical Supervision is charged at:
£55 for 60 minutes for 1:1 and £60 for 60 minutes for small group work
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday daytime appointments. Also, Monday and Thursday evening appointments.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor with over twenty years' experience and am also a qualified supervisor with over ten years' experience.View supervision profile