Lisa Darnell

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BA, MA, PgDip, MsC, UKCP (Accred)
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Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XG
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About me

I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist based in Lewes.  With over 10 years' experience working privately and within the NHS, I offer brief and long-term psychotherapy to adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and depression. I am also a fully-trained EMDR practitioner able to work with trauma and addiction.

My Lewes practice is based on Lewes High Street a few minutes' walk from the mainline train station. I have a special interest in working with parenting issues and childhood trauma.

Before I became a psychotherapist I worked as an editor, a literary agent and as a book publisher for a national newspaper.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MsC Psychotherapy (University of Brighton)
  • PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Brighton)
  • Professional CBT training for counsellors (University of Sussex Counselling Services)
  • EMDR training with Sandi Richman (Level 3)
  • MA (Hons) History (University of Cambridge)

I am psychodyamically trained but integrate CBT and EMDR into my practice in order to offer the most effective form of therapy possible. Dependent on your individual need I can provide either short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.  Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on how experiences from early childhood impact on how we think and feel as adults.  It allows us to think about our past and how we might change the way we feel in the here and now.  CBT give us space to look at our negative thoughts and behaviours and learn how to spot and change them.  EMDR is a body-based therapy which helps us to both early and recent traumatic experiences.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption Issues


Men's issues

Late adolescence

Workplace conflicts

Boarding School Issues






£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

66 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My room is up two flights of stairs. There is no elevator or wheelchair access. Please let me know if you have mobility issues.

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Lisa Darnell
Lisa Darnell