Lisa Harris MBACP NCS Accred experienced therapist clinical supervisor & trainer
So, you are considering therapy, and wondering what might be the right option for you. Why not contact me to arrange a no obligation 60 minute initial consultation session? We could have a conversation to look at your options together, I can answer any of your questions and you could make your decision from there.
My premises are easy to find; minutes from the shopping retail park in Kingswood, or minutes from the A63 at The Louis Pearlman Centre. Both are a short ride from the city centre on a main bus route. There are ample free parking facilities at both sites and my practice is based in anonymous and confidential settings.
I have been working as a therapist full time since 2007. I've gained significant counselling experience with adults, and young people. I have worked extensively with anxiety, stress, depression, relational difficulties and many other complex issues.
A 60 minute initial consultation session is often this incredibly valuable time spent. It gives you an opportunity to meet with me in person, (currently online due to Corona) to see if you feel comfortable, if I am the right person for you and ask any questions you may have. Importantly, this time allows me an insight into your experiences, feelings and needs and an opportunity to begin an assessment. Together we can then explore your options.
Remember you are under no obligation to book a further session with me following this first conversation. I could offer you other suggestions, or of course you may wish to take some time to think and reflect.
Counselling sessions standard rates are £45-£75 per session.
When counselling is paid for by a company or charity on behalf of an employee or volunteer, this rate will vary according to invoice terms or requested documents or reports.
Specialist ABI/TBI (Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury) work is charged at £55-£75 per session.
I have a payment at the time of booking policy and you can currently pay by bank transfer. I do not accept card payments.
I understand it may feel difficult to explore your feelings and experiences with a stranger. This is not unusual, some describe it as difficult to make the first contact. However something I hear most often is that after our first meeting there is relief to discover I can help you make sense of your struggle and it's something they wish they had done a long time ago. Meeting for the first time for a conversation without committing to anything further can be a helpful first step to finding a way forward without pressure.
I assure you I'll walk your path with you with great care, compassion, understanding, and importantly, at your pace. This will be your space, nobody else's.
Therapy may help support you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, how to make sense of your feelings or help you find a way forward. At times, we have an experience we find difficult or traumatic. Sometimes we find ourselves impacted by historical factors. Or, things just seem to build up and we realise we've been struggling for longer than we thought and decide something needs to change.
I will tailor your therapy to you, not give you a standard option. You and your experiences are unique and I respect this completely so your therapy will be unique to you.
I will offer you a supportive compassionate, non-judgemental confidential environment to explore your feelings, and I will make sure you feel truly heard. Together, we will look at the most helpful and supportive way for you to manage or move forward. I am warm in nature, understanding, genuine and honest. I will value each part of you, however hurt, defensive, worried, or scared you may be.
How long will it take? You know what, I can't tell you that right now, I haven't met you yet. What I do know is some things can be worked through in short term work, some things over several months, or years. We really are all different, as are our experiences. This is something we could discuss during our initial appointment. Then, together, we can start to consider a way forward personal to you. We will review our work together regularly together.
My experience is that relationship and trust between a client and their therapist is essential, and most important in terms of growth or progress. I am offering you a safe, compassionate and confidential time to be who you are, where I can help enable you to achieve your desired outcome, goal or a new way of being in the world.
My purpose is to listen to you, and I will.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my counselling career in 2007 and with 14 years experience my work history includes;
- A Counsellor providing Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for companies, employers and Churches
- A Counsellor working for medical and legal insurance
- A Counsellor with a Qualified Provider counselling service for the NHS within Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT), previously known as DASH (depression and anxiety services Hull), within the NHS "Let's talk" and prior to that SPA (Single point of access) 2011-2016
- A Counsellor in private practice
- A Counselling Associate within a Children and young people's service in Hull
- A Counselling subcontractor for ITV
- A clinical supervisor for a local council and organisations for health and welfare professionals
- A clinical supervisor for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training
- Clinical Lead at a Charity for those effected by an acquired or traumatic brain injury.
- Specialist counselling for those impacted by ABI/TBI
My primary counselling qualifications and memberships include;
- Levels 1, 2 & 3 Counselling Practice (NCFE)
- NCFE Diploma Counselling Practice (Leeds Met Uni) level 4 - 2007
- Foundation Degree Counselling Practice (Leeds Met Uni) Level 5 - 2008
- BA (Hons) Counselling Practice (Leeds Met Uni) Level 6 - 2010
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The Northern Guild) - 2015
- I am a Registered Member MBACP Certificate number 070237I
- I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling society. Membership Number: NCS1401672
Further qualifications include;
- Counselling children and adolescents Diploma
- Criminology Diploma
Ongoing Professional Development - I am currently studying for:
* Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD
This advanced qualification is for therapists who wish to become specialist Traumatologists, providing comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of approaches to treat and recover from trauma, PTSD & C-PTSD.
*Certificate in Cognitive Rehabilitation
The brain, and the complex problems that occur when it is injured, can be difficult concepts for anyone to grasp. Individuals with acquired brain injuries (something that happened after birth) can be challenging to work with as a result of the the physical, behavioural, and cognitive problems that can often occur.
Brain injury can occur as a result of many experiences including an accident, tumour, stroke, encephalitis, haemorrhage, concussion or infection.
My core training and background have focused on Humanistic Models of Gestalt, Person Centred and Transactional Analysis. I work as an integrative therapist and can also incorporate Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and mindfulness into our work. Together we will look at which approach will benefit you most, for your unique and personal aim or struggles.
I have experience working with language translators, and with deaf clients and their sign interpreters.
I am a Christian, and I work consistently and equally with clients who have no faith, have Christian faith, or who have another faith or spiritual belief which is important to them. I am happy to discuss this with you should you have any questions.
You can find my professional page on Facebook, search "Lisa Harris Counsellor and supervisor Hull" or by clicking the icon at the top of this page. I frequently share useful information, articles and links, and training or workshop opportunities. You can also read some client reviews there too. You can also find me on Linkedin.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Counselling from a Christian perspective, sometimes known as Christian Counselling
- I am a member of Pink Therapy which is the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diverse clients.
- Chronic illness and pain
- Workplace difficulties and struggles
- Communication skills
- Panic attacks
- Family and relationship issues
- Lifestyle, health, work changes and coaching
- Relaxation methods and techniques
- Working with young people and their parent or carer
- Working with non-neuro typical and neuro-diverse ways of processing and understanding and the particular challenges this brings
- Clinical supervision for therapists, counsellors and other professionals in health, social, pastoral and helping roles.
- Personal development for confidence, career progression or management
- Generalised anxiety
- workshops and short training courses for groups of individuals, employers, organisations and guest delivery for other training providers
- CPD days
- 1-2-1 Clinical and counselling supervision, peer supervision groups, skills development groups
- Guidance, support, consultancy and supervision for developing and leading counselling services, ethically and professionally
From £45.00 to £75.00
Personal therapy or supervision sessions start at £45 ranging up to £75 for complex informed ABI/TBI work or consultancy.
Invoiced terms and conditions vary, please contact me directly to discuss your circumstances.
A limited number of concession places are made available in specific circumstances, again, please do contact me directly to discuss this.
These concession spaces are currently fully booked and I have a waiting list for a concession space.
Concessions offered for
** All appointments are currently offered online or by telephone only, due to the Coronavirus pandemic**The earliest appointment I offer begins at 8am, the latest appointment ends at 6pm.
When I was training to be a therapist, I attended many many hours of mandatory therapy myself. This deepened my understanding of the counselling process and the importance of the relationship between a therapist and a client. I have continued to engage in personal therapy since then because life happens and we need to take responsibility to care for ourselves. I believe it is also essential a therapist continues to work on their own self awareness and has access to appropriate personal and professional support.
Therapy enabled me to work through my own life experiences, my pain of losses and trauma, the prolonged deep depression I experienced and re-visited, my personal struggles to survive and learn to live with chronic health conditions and at times to just keep going in a life I didn’t think I could anymore. I understand from the inside the value of investing in personal therapy with a well trained and experienced professional.
I came to realise that how I was feeling, at times, was not all together as a result of something current. The root of it, or the core of the issue, was in my past. When I returned to them, understanding my coping strategies and defence mechanisms I had created and used, I was able to finally work towards freeing myself from things I had carried for years. I could facilitate this experience for you too.
I will always be along side you as an equal, not “the expert” who will offer a metaphorical prescription to “make you better” from an emotional distance. I won’t tell you what to do, I do not prescribe medication and I do not give you a label or diagnosis. I will listen to you carefully to ensure I understand your feelings and experiences, you know them best. When we share this understanding, together we can find a way forward.
I continue working hard to be the professional I am today. I not only care deeply about my work, I care about each individual I work with, and I will care about you.
I am a member of the Accredited Voluntary register British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy, Registered (MBACP) and accredited by The National Counselling Society. This means I abide by an Ethical Framework, attend regular clinical supervision as well as take responsibility for continued professional development. Membership also means I am subject to its complaints procedure too.
I am a divisional member of the BACP Spirituality, which honours spirituality, belief and pastoral care in counselling and psychotherapy. BACP Spirituality is for counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral carers, chaplains and related professionals whose own work and world view, or whose client's world view, is informed by a spiritual perspective. It offers a rich opportunity to make links with others who share and are interested in a broad range of related subjects and beliefs.
BACP Spirituality was formerly known as The APSCC - The Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling.
I am a Christian, and I work consistently with clients who have no faith, have Christian faith, or who have another faith or spiritual belief which is important to them. I am happy to discuss this with you should you have any questions.
I engage in regular clinical supervision. This supports me as a therapist and it safeguards you as a client.
Please be aware I have limited places for concessionary sessions which are only available in certain circumstances. Please enquire to discuss this with me personally and directly and be aware all of these spaces are currently full although you could be added to the waiting list.