Lisa Cross - BA (Hons), MBACP Accredited - Individual & Couple counsellor
I believe one of the key values of counselling lies in giving time to those aspects of our lives which are causing us distress and can prevent growth. Whether we are experiencing problems ourselves or within relationships, the success of our journey depends on our development and for us all there are likely to be difficulties along the way.
Deep-rooted issues impact on how we might react to situations and counselling helps to increase our understanding of how patterns of behaviour have developed and, as a result, can make it easier to make new choices.
My aim as a counsellor is to form a relationship with my clients that reflects the individual nature of their personality and allows them to work at their own pace. Having a regular time and space within which difficulties can be safely and openly explored without fear of judgement, criticism or embarrassment can be the key to enabling change and development.
Counselling is appropriate for anyone who wants to explore their inner thoughts and emotions and better understand the resulting behaviours. Whilst the work can be challenging, for most people counselling is a positive experience which enables them to gain greater self-awareness and encourages them to live a life that is more satisfying.
I have considerable experience in counselling individuals and couples and I cover a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger management and relationship issues. I also specialise in treating trauma and phobias using a technique that can be successful after just one or two sessions. I work on both a short term and long term basis depending on individual needs.
I am currently working for The City of London Police alongside their Occupational Health team and am also registered with a number of health insurance companies including Aviva, Nuffield Health, Cigna and Vitality.
My practice in SW20 is accessible for all and provides 2 blue badge holder parking spaces.
In addition to the more traditional 'in the room' type therapy, I also offer a walk and talk service. Research has shown that movement and connecting with nature can be hugely beneficial to our mental wellbeing and, for some clients, there is a preference to use the context of the natural environment as part of the therapeutic process. Please let me know if you feel this would benefit you when you make contact and I will provide more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and accredited integrative counsellor and have a First Class BA Hons Degree in Integrative Counselling.
My integrative training means I have the ability to draw upon the different theories of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice including the use of CBT techniques. I am also trained in EMDR and The Rewind Technique, used for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other trauma based issues and phobias.
My focus is always on developing a therapeutic relationship that reflects the individual nature of each and every client; I believe it is this that is the key to the 'success' of the counselling work.
My counselling experience includes working across a number of GP surgeries and higher education facilities. I am currently employed one day a week by The City of London Police to offer CBT therapy to their staff. I also provide training around stress, resilience and other mental health initiatives.
I receive ongoing, regular supervision and am committed to my own professional development; attending courses, reading relevant literature and articles and attending other training forums.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy); their website can provide some useful reading (www.bacp.co.uk). I also hold full insurance.
I have a business research background so have spent much of my life looking at human behaviour and attitudes and how this impacts on the decisions making process.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Sessions are charged at:
- £55 per session for individual counselling (including walk and talk therapy)
- £85 per session for couple counselling
I do offer discounted rates for counselling students (subject to availability).
Each session lasts around 50 minutes.
My Raynes Park clinic is easily accessible from Kingston, the A3 and Wimbledon. There are regular buses and free parking is available.
My Wimbledon clinic is easily accessible from both Wimbledon mainline station and South Wimbledon tube station. Parking is available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime, evening and Saturday sessions. I also offer walk and talk therapy sessions.
Types of client