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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, young people, children 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. It takes courage to reach out for help and support.
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 as a result we 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, a couple, with a partner, as a family, family member or child, just need someone to really listen and talk through life's experiences/difficulties with, and to feel heard and understood. I offer a safe place where you can freely and confidentially talk and explore your unique situation to gain a better understanding and develop life skills to improve your sense of self and well-being.
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, professional development, isoloation
- Loss and bereavement - endings, change, death, pets
- Change- relationship, children, relocation
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence - bullying
- Addictions - obsessive compulsive disorders
- Health - illness, cancer, ME, caring
- Loneliness and isolation - Covid
- Pregnancy - infertility, termination, post-natal depression
- Family - new baby, parenting, step-families, modern and blended families, aging parents/dependants
- Sexuality - gay, transgender, bisexual, open-relationship, performance related
I value each of my clients as individuals and consider it a real priveledge to share in their unique experiences. Together we will explore your situation to gain a better understanding of how you arrived where you are and to develop a unique working model that will improve your day-to-day life and provide a vision going forward.
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 from many different cultures, backgrounds and circumstances, and facing 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 us 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 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 the dynamics of 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 change which will result in the development of a healthier and happier relationship where you can thrive.
In addition we will discuss and explore your other significant relationships with: children, step-children, parents, in-laws, siblings, exes, friends, collegues, etc. to help you gain a better all round understanding of the dynamics and systems operating within your relationship/s 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 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.
It takes courage to reach out for support and help.
It's good to talk!
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a successful career in business and teaching I decided, twenty 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, children on an individual and group basis.
In addition to my private practice, I have also worked 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
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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
£60.00 - £80.00
Concessions offered for
Appointments & Fees:
I offer an initial fifty minute session for the reduced fee of £40. 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 (various days of the week and both daytime and evening, the latest being 8pm), together we can work to find an appointment that will fit in with your diary. Depending on availability.
I offer both short-term and long-term counselling depending on your needs. One-off sessions can be requested.
Charges for on-going sessions:
Individual - £60 per 50 minute session. Initial session - £40.
More than two people - £80 per 50 minute session. Initial session - £60. (It can helpful to book a longer session when there is more than one person attending. Initial session - £100; thereafter normal hourly rate.)
Payment is due 24 hours in advance by bank transfer or cash.
24 hours' notice for cancellation is required to avoid full payment.
Consessions will be considered in certain circumstances.
Please contact me confidentially on:
0770 202 6943 or on Lisa.Bunyan@TalkingCounts.co.uk for a brief chat or to arrange an appointment.
It's good to talk!
When I work
I offer flexible appointments between:
8am and the latest being 8pm - Monday to Thursday.
8am to 1pm - Friday.
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.
I also offer convenient off-street parking.