My name is Lisa Bunyan and I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist based in Woking, Surrey offering counselling to men, women, COUPLES and families.
Is life or a particular aspect of your life getting you down? Unfortunately, life inevitably brings with it difficulties that can get in the way of enjoying life and feeling good about yourself. They say 'a problem shared is a problem halved' and there is evidence to support this idea; that talking can really help you in times of trouble.
Talking through problems with friends and family can often help but there are times when it is more helpful to talk in confidence to an impartial, non-judgemental professional counsellor who can offer fresh perspectives, insights and coping strategies, and is not involved in your personal or everyday life, with the assurance of complete confidentiality.
The idea of counselling might be a daunting prospect but it is good to talk and I hope the following information will answer some of your questions and provide you with a greater understanding of what counselling can offer and what it involves.
Alternatively, you can give me a ring on: 0770 202 6943, for a confidential, informal, no-obligation chat. This will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and obtain answers that are relevant to you. It will also provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other to see if we feel we would work well together. Counselling is personal and its success to a great extent is based on the development of a mutually trusting relationship.
People seek counselling for many reasons which can make them feel:
Unhappy, depressed, anxious, frightened, angry, frustrated, helpless, out of control, alone, inadequate, chaotic, confused, to name a few. Often we try to deal with these feelings ourselves by possibly putting them out of our minds, bottling them up and keeping 'a stiff upper lip' while the underlying problem remains unresolved and often find ourselves going round in circles. It is good to talk; talking things through can really help.
I have experience working with clients seeking counselling for a variety of reasons. It might be that you, as an individual, as a couple or with a partner, or a family. just need someone to really listen and talk through life's experiences with and to feel heard and understood.
Issues might specifically involve:
- Relationships - divorce, separation, abuse, anger management
- Anxiety - panic attacks
- Personal challenges and development - mid-life crisis
- Work related problems - unemployment, bullying, retirement
- Loss and bereavement - death
- Change- relocation
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence - bullying
- Addictions - obsessive compulsive disorders
- Health - ME, illness
- Loneliness and isolation
- Pregnancy - infertility, termination, post-natal depression
- Family - parenting, step-families, modern and blended families
- Sexuality - gay, transgender
I value each of my clients as individuals whose experiences are meaningful and unique. I am fortunate to be able to draw on my broad training and experience to tailor my approach to compliment your personality and meet your individual needs and requirements. I have experience working with clients, couples and families from many different backgrounds and circumstances, and experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties and issues.
Counselling is a talking therapy and as a trained counsellor I can provide you with a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place to openly and freely talk through your thoughts and feelings in a comfortable, private and secure setting.
Counselling is a collaborative process which involves open conversation between the two, three or group, where the quality of the relationship is of utmost importance. I will not offer answers but will support and encourage you to help you find your own answers, because ultimately you know what is best for you, as we explore and ask questions about all aspects of yourself and your life, both past and present. This will help you gain a better understanding of how they may impact your life and what possibilities and changes are open to you. Counselling is a process that will empower you and help you to regain control of your life, while increasing your self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence which will lead to a greater sense of well-being and positive outlook to life.
I work with couples at the various stages of relationship providing a safe and neutral place to explore your relationship. As you talk and listen to each other I will work with you by reflecting, offering insight, possible tools and a different impartial perspective to facilitate possible change which will result in the development of a healthier and happier relationship for you both. In addition we will discuss and explore your other significant relationships with any possible: children, parents, in-laws, siblings, exes, etc. to help you gain a better all round understanding of the dynamics and systems operating within your relationship and in the wider context, and how they influence and impact your well-being and happiness, and most of all what you believe is best for you.
The aim is to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and how you interact with the world in which you live. Together we will try to help you identify and access your own inner strengths and resources so you may grow in confidence by learning how to utilise these to become more independent, gain a sense of control and develop a greater sense of well-being. I believe that ultimately we all have a choice and only you know what is right for you, therefore I will work with you to help you find your way.
Talking therapy can take time and patience and due to our individual uniqueness we require different amounts of time to work through issues and difficulties. Consequently, some people might see me for a few sessions, whilst others may others may find a longer period more helpful.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a successful career in business and teaching I decided, fifteen years ago, to pursue my interest in people and humanity, and become a counsellor.
Having achieved a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling I decided to extend my training and gained a MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University and still continue to pursue courses for my on-going professional development. My training and experience has included several approaches and schools of thought including person-centred, existential, psychodynamic and post-modern philosophies. This enables me to tailor our 'work' to meet your individual needs and requirements, as I believe that we are all unique!
I have attended specialist programmes to specifically work with relationship issues associated with couples and within families; traditional and blended/modern families, on an individual and group basis.
In addition to my private practice, I have also worked for and continue to offer counselling for several established charitable counselling organisations.
- MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and an introduction to Counselling course at Guildford College
- Diploma in Couples Counselling
- Diploma in Family Counselling
- BSc (Hons) in Education at Kingston University
- HND in Business Studies at Kingston University
REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP:
- A Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Appointments & Fees:
I offer an initial fifty minute session for the reduced fee of £30. This will provide us with some time to get to know each other and for you to 'talk' about what brings you to counselling at this time. It will also provide an opportunity for me to answer any questions you might have about counselling and to see if we would like to work together and arrange on-going meetings.
Appointment times are flexible and we can work together to find a time that will suit your requirements. Appointments usually take place at the same time each week, but some flexibility can be offered depending on availability. I offer both short-term and long-term counselling depending on your needs.
On-going individual sessions are £50 per fifty minute appointment and £70 in the case of a couple (£100 for 80 minutes).
Payment is due before the time of each appointment by bank transfer,cheque or cash. 24 hours' notice of cancellation is required to avoid full payment.
The possibility of reduced fees can be discussed in the case of certain circumstances.
Please contact me confidentially on: 0770 202 6943 or on Lisa.Bunyan@TalkingCounts.co.uk to arrange an appointment.
Concessions offered for
My practice is located in a quiet residential part of Woking and within easy reach from Woking town center, being a leisurely ten minute walk from the station and town center and easily accessible by car with convenient off-street parking.