Dr Lisa Gaiotto
Worried all the time? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? Or have you experienced relationship difficulties? Are your past traumatic or abusive experiences affecting your current choices?
I am an Accredited Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I am a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have over 10 years’ experience working in the NHS, private and third sector.
What do I offer?
I offer treatments for couples and adults who experience a range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, and trauma. I can help you to explore problems in relation to past and present painful and traumatic experiences, and their impact on current difficulties.
Problems I treat include: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Body Dysmorphia, Agoraphobia, low self-esteem and confidence. I also provide evidence based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, childhood and adulthood trauma, including birth trauma.
If you are a parent, in particular first time mothers and fathers, adjusting to parenthood can be challenging. I can explore with you the stress and pressures of being a parent, how to find a balance between the many pressures you might experience at work, home, and family life. Moreover, I offer therapy to parents to discuss discrepancies in their parenting styles and support parents who might experience anxiety and low mood, or who had a difficult birth.
It is common for life to feel unhealthily busy and for us to feel under great pressure. In therapy I can support you to find a healthier work-like balance, particularly when experiencing challenges in your personal and professional life.
In the sessions, we will work towards developing an understanding about yourself, make sense of difficulties (what is keeping you stuck with them), and give you tools and strategies to work towards feeling better, make healthier choices and achieving your personal goals.
To do this, we will use the most appropriate and effective therapeutic approach based on the latest research, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Emotion focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. All these methods aim to help you to develop an insight about yourself and your difficulties, process them, and help you to make long term changes.
I have extensive experience in supervising individual clinicians as well as groups. I provide supervision to Counsellors, Psychologists, CBT Therapist, as well as Allied Professions working with complex clients, such as specialist Health Visitors team, and HIV teams.
Therapy is about developing an insight about yourself and your difficulties, process them and journey towards achieving your personal aims.
Some goals for therapy might be to manage anxiety, to socialise more, to become more active and motivated, to accept what you cannot change and commit to follow your values, to re-define relationships and feel more connected, to assess and follow your personal or professional values, to adjust to loss or change, to process difficult memories and events so that they are not so dominant in your life, to come to terms with chronic pain and illness, to improve your sleep, to learn to relax and “let go”, to improve your concentration, and more.
Therapy can be a powerful tool which can be applied to work situations, for example to manage a challenging employee or difficult changes in your organisation, to manage boundaries between employers and employees.
I can help you developing stress management strategies, and improve your work-life balance.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The first session will be an initial consultation. It focuses on exploring your difficulties, what led you to search for therapy, and how it can help.
It also allows us to determine if there is a positive connection, what model of therapy suits you and how long therapy might be.
The length of therapy varies generally from 6 to 20 sessions. This will be defined by combining personal preference, goals, difficulties, commitment and engagement with evidence based treatments defined by NICE guidelines.
Individual sessions last 50 minutes, couples and parents' consultations might last up to 75 minutes. I offer face to face therapy, telephone and video sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor’s Degree (BSc, First) in Organisational and Working Psychology, Padua University (Italy)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK)
- Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 1
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Anxiety and Depression
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Supervisor
- Perinatal Mental Health training
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder training
- Mindfulness workshop
- Working with imagery
Being a qualified Clinical Psychologist means that I undertook 3 years of studying, at doctoral level, and practising applying psychological models in different areas including eating disorder wards, children and older adults' settings. Therefore, I have extensive experience of working in various areas with individuals, families and young people who experience a range of difficulties. Furthermore, since qualifying, I worked as a Specialist Clinical Psychologist with children, adolescents and their families, and worked for several years with adults, including new parents, experiencing low mood and anxiety.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- New parent/s
- Adjustment to becoming a parent
- Different parenting styles
- Birth Trauma
- Negative and stressful parenting experiences
- Low self esteem
- Chronic Stress
- Chronic Pain
Concessions offered for
Individual and couple therapy (50 minutes)
My standard fee is £90 per session.
Therapy for Trainee Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists (50 minutes)
Clinical supervision (50 minutes)
£60 per hour for individual supervision
Private Medical Insurances fees will vary depending on personal insurance.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday- Tunbridge Wells, Online therapy only due to Covid-19 restrictions.
I integrate several therapeutic approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Schema Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Psycho-dynamic Therapy
- Mindfulness based models, and relaxation techniques
I provide therapy in English or Italian.