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About me

I am a Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 10 years’ experience in these fields.  Alongside my private practice I work for a large public sector organisation and previously within the NHS, the Metropolitan Police and the Maudsley Hospital. I have taught psychotherapy in Higher Education settings, and am a qualified Mindfulness teacher. I have extensive expertise in relationship therapy for couples, people in polyamourous relationships, and families. I am UKCP accredited and in continuous professional supervision.

I offer short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, people in romantic relationships and families.  My areas of interest are relationship therapy, and supporting people around body image and food related difficulties. I am fluent in French and can offer sessions in this language.

I have worked extensively with people affected by a range of issues including:

Abuse
Alcohol
Anger management
Bereavement
Bullying
Cancer
Depression
Domestic violence
Drug abuse
Eating disorders
Gambling
HIV/Aids
Internet addiction
Low self-esteem/confidence
Redundancy
Relationship problems, separation & divorce
Self-harm & Suicidal feelings
Sex addiction/Sex problems
Sexuality/Gender confusion
Stress & anxiety
Trauma
Work related stress

My approach is integrative, which means that I use different theories depending on what will best meet the needs of my clients. I draw on the main psychotherapy traditions, including Psychodynamic (which recognises the importance of the early years and people’s formative relationships), Humanistic (helping clients recognise their strength and creativity), Body-based (looking at the physical basis of emotion, experience, growth and change, including what neuroscience and attachment studies have taught us in recent years), and Transpersonal (addressing spiritual concerns and questions of existence).

My work with individuals and couples centres on improving their relationships with others (including partners), themselves, and with life in general. I am interested in individuals’ formative experiences as a means of better understanding who they are today, so as to support them to make healthier choices going forward. Individuals or couples may come for a specific reason – unsatisfying or recurrent arguments, issues around family and children, insecurity within relationships– or a more general sense of unease and disconnection. My role is to help facilitate better communication between partners, and to help you think about what it best for you and for your relationships.

I am a firm believer in psychotherapy and its potential for bringing out change in peoples’ lives. I am consistently struck by how much people can grow given the right support, and enjoy witnessing clients become more connected to themselves and to the people around them. My aim is that therapy help my clients gain a better understanding of and connection with, themselves, so as to find new ways of being and relating with others. I may draw attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviour or physical sensations to enable this process. I also think that it takes great courage to seek out therapy, so I honour this by making the relationship as secure and positive as possible.


Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Teacher training
  • Certificate in Trauma Support
  • Certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Foundation Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • I am UKCP accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Mindfulness
Multi-culturalism
Relationships

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • BUPA

Additional information

My fee is £70 for individuals, £90 for couples.

56 London Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 4SQ

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Languages offered

French

Lisa Bruton, Adv Dip, MA, UKCP Reg.

Lisa Bruton, Adv Dip, MA, UKCP Reg.