Lisa Gilchrist - MBACP, MA CBT, PG Dip Couns, Cert Play Therapy
Vexatas Counselling & Therapy Services
The Therapy Centre, Nathaniel House
David St., Bridgend Industrial Estate
Here at Vexatas (Latin for Problem Solving) - we offer a confidential service in warm, friendly, discreet, comfortable and private offices with free on-site parking. We are within easy access of the M4 and the A48, so we are easily accessed from Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, The Vale and Cardiff. We also provide home or workplace visits if you prefer. To fit in around your lifestyle and home/work commitments appointments can be made Monday through to Saturday from 11:00am with the latest appointment being 8:00pm on weekdays and 5:00pm on a Saturday.All of our staff are qualified to a minimum of a BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Post Graduate (level 7) Diploma.
Our main focus in counselling is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), although we draw from other theories, applications and techniques for the benefit of the individual client.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy. It focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) – and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel.
CBT tends to be short, taking six weeks to six months. You will usually attend a session once a week, each session lasting either 50 minutes or an hour. Together with the therapist you will explore what your problems are and develop a plan for tackling them. You will learn a set of principles that you can apply whenever you need to. You may find them useful long after you have left therapy.
CBT may focus on what is going on in the present rather than the past. However, the therapy may also look at your past and how your past experiences impact on how you interpret the world now.
CBT theory suggests that it isn't events themselves that upset you, but the meanings you give to them. Your thoughts can block you seeing things that don't fit in with what you believe to be true. You may continue to hold on to these thoughts and not learn anything new.
For example, if you feel low or depressed, you may think, "I can't face going into work today. I can't do it. Nothing will go right." As a result of these thoughts – and of believing them – you may call in sick.
By doing this you are likely to continue to feel low and depressed. If you stay at home, worrying about not going in, you may end up thinking: "I've let everyone down. They will be angry with me. Why can't I do what everyone else does?" Consequently, you may judge yourself as being a failure and give yourself more negative feedback such as: "I'm so weak and useless."
You will probably end up feeling worse, and have even more difficulty going to work the next day. Thinking, behaving and feeling like this may start a downward spiral. It may be part of an automatic negative way of thinking.
By continuing to think and behave in this way, you won't have the chance to find out that your thinking and prediction may be wrong. Instead, the way you think and act can lead you to be more convinced that what you are thinking is true. In CBT, you will learn to recognise how you think, behave and feel. You will then be encouraged to check out other ways of thinking and behaving that may be more useful.
I provide services to individuals, couples, families and group therapy. Supervision for other Counsellors and training in Counselling Skills, Listening Skills, Challenge and Conflict for organisations, workplaces and charities.
In addition to CBT, I also provide Child-Centered Play Therapy and Hypnotherapy Services, as well as Clinical Supervision for practising counsellors and students.
I am a Member of the BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, as such am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I also hold full professional liability insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years experience in Counselling, having been practising since 1994. I have worked in the Health Authority, the Community, Women's Aid, Youth Work, The Prisons, GP's Practices, YMCA's, Charities, with public and private sector organisations as well as with individuals, couples and groups with adults, teenagers and children.
- MA – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – University of Wales College Newport
- BA (Hons) - Youth & Community Education – Cardiff University
- Post Graduate Diploma - Counselling – University of Wales College Newport
- Higher Education Certificate - Child Protection Procedures – Bridgend College
- BA (Hons) – Psychology – University of Wales College Newport
- Certificate in Play Therapy – Bridgend College
- Advanced Certificate - Counselling – Bridgend College
- BTech Certificate – Counselling – Bridgend College
- ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Dual Diagnosis
- Self Harm
- Effects of Domestic Violence
- Motivational Interviewing
- Brief Therapy
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Anger Management
- Male Suicide Prevention
- Bereavement and Loss
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Working With Post Natal Depression
Member organisations *
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
£40 per session for individuals and couples
£40 for Play Therapy
£40 per session for Supervision
£60 per session for Group Therapy or Student Group Supervision (up to 5 per group)
Please contact me for information regarding fees for Training.
There is ample free parking immediately outside the offices, so there is no need to worry about finding somewhere to park.
We offer evening appointments when needed.
We offer home visits in the Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend areas if required.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
We offer appointments from 11am through to 8.00pm Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I provide both individual supervision for counsellors and group supervision for students - please contact me for further details.