Lisa Vaughan MBACP, UKCP Reg, BPC, FPC, BA, MSc
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist in North-West London. I offer short- and long-term therapy for adults seeking help with issues including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, relationships, low self-esteem, work problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, life transitions and relocation.
Why Have Therapy?
At some point in life, most of us experience emotional difficulties that can feel unmanageable, confusing or overwhelming. At these times, we can feel very alone and isolated with our worries. When people have problems or are distressed, it helps to talk about it, and therapists are specially trained to listen and understand distress. Evidence shows psychological therapies do help.
How Counselling and Psychotherapy Work
Counselling and psychotherapy involve a series of regular meetings in which we will work together to explore and understand what is troubling you. It's a collaborative process, tailored to your individual needs. I don't give advice, but I can think with you about your situation and help you find your own solutions.
What Happens in a Session
Sessions last 50 minutes and offer the opportunity to reflect on how you think, feel, relate to others, and respond to life events. In a professional and supportive environment, you can discuss past experiences, current challenges or your hopes for the future. Through talking with a qualified and experienced therapist, you can gain self-awareness and explore your potential.
How I Work
I provide a safe and confidential space where you can talk openly without fear of being judged, criticised, rejected or blamed. I work from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective, based on the principal that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Understanding these can help you gain fresh insights into your life and find the best way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Training and Qualifications
I completed my professional training at WPF Therapy, one of Britain's top training institutions with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence. I hold a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy qualification from WPF, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies from Roehampton University. I also hold a WPF Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
In addition to my private practice, I have worked in the National Health Service as a counsellor in general practice; for WPF Therapy as a counsellor, CBT practitioner and assessor; and for national charity Victim Support.
Professional Memberships and Ethical Code of Practice
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytic Council, and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. These organisations are the largest professional bodies for psychotherapists and counsellors in the United Kingdom, and require that all their members are appropriately trained, qualified and accredited. I am also a full member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling. I work to the strict ethical codes and professional standards required by the organisations to which I belong. The FPC has a complaints procedure which is available to clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees start at £60 for a 50-minute session. I reserve a small number of more affordable spaces for people on low incomes. A 90-minute initial consultation is £80.
The First Meeting
The purpose of the initial 90-minute consultation is to discuss your needs and expectations, and whether therapy could be helpful for you. If and when you decide to continue, we will agree a regular time to meet each week.
How to Find My Practice
My practice is located in Swiss Cottage, Northwest London, NW6, convenient for central and north London. It is easy to reach using Jubilee or Metropolitan Underground Lines, major bus routes, and Thameslink and London Overground rail.
All enquiries are strictly confidential. You do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client