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About me

Anyone can find themselves going through a tough time. Sometimes everyone you know can seem too busy, too close, or too far away and it is hard to ask for support. Although it takes courage to take the first step, sharing your difficulties with someone completely outside your life can bring relief and make sense of anxiety and panic attacks, sadness or depression. When your choices seem limited, counselling can help you find new perspectives and ways of dealing with these feelings so that they are more bearable, and you feel more at peace and comfortable in your own skin.

I have over ten years experience of working with adults and young people. As well as running a general counselling practice, I have particular experience of working with family relationships and loss of any kind, from significant change in circumstances and milestones in life, relationship breakdown, childhood wounds, migration and cultural change to traumatic bereavement. Having lived abroad, I have worked with clients from many different cultures and particularly enjoy the diversity and differences this presents.

I have been working with clients face to face from my garden room when possible, as well as online using Zoom or FaceTime.   As in Face to Face counselling, we would arrange a regular mutually convenient time and agree to call or go online at that time. I ensure that the session is private and confidential at my end. If the online technology isn't working very well, we can revert to working by telephone which for some clients provides a bit more privacy and focus, as they can also leave the house to make the call while walking or sitting in the car.

I am qualified to work with adults and young people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, as well as low self esteem, confidence, trauma and grief . I am experienced in working in education, having helped school and university students with procrastination and exam pressure. In addition, I have worked in a hospital counselling NHS staff and carers and understand the unique issues around working in a health setting.

The way I work is underpinned by person centred theory, so the session is tailored to your needs, offering a non-judgemental, empathic space for you to share your distress alongside someone who can help make sense of these feelings and help you access your own resilience and coping strategies. I will discuss and integrate other approaches such as solution focussed therapy, CBT or creative techniques if you think they might be helpful to you. For family issues, I am also trained to think systemically with you about your family dynamics, history and relationships.

I am a qualified BACP Accredited Counsellor which means I have been assessed as working ethically and safely and have several years counselling experience. I combine my private practice with work in a secondary school and college and have an up to date enhanced DBS certificate.

My counselling room is a quiet garden room within walking distance of the centre of Guildford with free parking available and easily accessed by the surrounding areas such as Godalming and Farnham via the A3, A31, and A3100 and within walking distance of the train and bus stations.

Please contact me for a free no obligation telephone discussion about whether I am the right person to help you. I will normally pick up messages within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience


Humanistic counselling degree - Person centred, Gestalt and Existential (Greenwich university)

Post graduate training (mental health for families, adolescents and children) at the Tavistock and Portman clinic.

Other training includes:

  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Certificate in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Certificate in CBT
  • BA (Hons) Business and German
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)

Work experience

Over the past ten years I have worked counselling adults, young people and families in a variety of different health, education and voluntary organisations:

  • Private practice (including EAP's and BUPA)
  • NHS Hospital
  • Bereavement charity
  • University Counsellor
  • Secondary school counsellor
  • Youth agency

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Bereavement
  • Caring/Carers
  • Childhood wounds
  • Exam stress
  • Complicated Grief
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Procrastination
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self Confidence
  • Self Esteem
  • Student Counselling
  • Suicide

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£55 for 50 minutes

How I work

I work flexibly during weekdays 9 to 7pm and am currently offering zoom and telephone counselling.

I work with EAPs and am registered with BUPA.

As in Face to Face counselling, we would arrange a regular mutually convenient time and agree to call or go online at that time. I ensure that the session is private and confidential at my end. If the online technology isn't working very well, we can revert to working by telephone which for some clients provides a bit more privacy and focus, as they can also leave the house to make the call while walking or sitting in the car. Payment can be transferred online in advance.

We would agree a platform which is usually FaceTime or Zoom. If we lose contact for some reason, I’ll phone you or send you an email. You can do the same with me.

Remote working can differ from face to face therapy as it takes longer to read, think, ‘process’ and talk. Silences can and do occur, just like face to face. If necessary, we can discuss if another type of help is better for you such as a telephone call.

Staying Safe
Please also ensure that there are no interruptions during the session. These may include:
people entering the room, mobile phones or telephones (It is advised that you keep your mobile phone on silent during our sessions) It will be your responsibility to follow the guidelines and ensure the appropriate therapeutic environment during our sessions.

The first session is partly a clinical assessment and also for you to see if I am the right person for you. There is no obligation to continue, but if you wish to do so, we would normally agree a regular weekly appointment for a number of sessions and then review your needs as the counselling progresses. However, as work and family obligations can be unpredictable, I can offer some flexibility with appointments given 24 hours notice.

Payment for private clients is online before the initial appointment.

If you would like to talk this through further, and check whether you think I might have the right experience to help you, please don't hesitate to contact me on 07936 796165. I will pick up messages and emails and normally get back to you within 24 hours.

Further information

  • Online and telephone counselling offered
  • Walking distance from Guildford town centre and station
  • Quiet, private room overlooking garden
  • Discreet off-road parking

  • free initial telephone consultation for 20 minutes

  • Adult individual sessions @ £50 for 55 mins
  • Daytime appointments 9-7pm
  • Some concessions offered


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French and German


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Discreet private parking available. Some steps down to the garden room.


Please contact me to check availability.

Update 5th January 2021: Due to new government restrictions I am only offering video and online sessions during daytime and evening.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Lisa Barnard MBACP Accredited & Registered

Lisa Barnard MBACP Accredited & Registered