Dr Lisa Gaiotto
BSc, CPsychol, HCPC and BPS accredited
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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? Work related stress or burnout?
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.
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.
I have extensive experience of working with individuals who experience personal and professional stress including burnout, feel loss or stuck in these areas, and wish to re-balance these dimensions. I also have an interest in helping people who suffer from Generalised Anxiety, which can present as continuous, uncontrollable and excessive worries.
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 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 move 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 2 sessions 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 8 to 24 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. I offer face to face therapy.
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)
- CBT For Perfectionism, People-Pleasing And Other Forms of Rigid Rule-following
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Psychological Treatments for Insomnia in the Context of Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues
- ACT: 100 Key Points & Techniques
- Acceptance and Commitment Coaching
- How and When to Work with Trauma Memories
- Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- Attachment, Therapy and the Brain
- 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
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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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
- Work related stress
- Birth Trauma
- Negative and stressful parenting experiences
- Low self esteem
- Chronic Stress
- Chronic Pain
£110.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Individual and couple therapy (50 minutes)
My standard fee is £110 per session.
Therapy for Trainee Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists (50 minutes)
Clinical supervision (50 minutes)
£70 per hour for individual supervision
Private Medical Insurances fees will vary depending on personal insurance.
When I work
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday- Tunbridge Wells, face to face
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.