Lisa Harris MBACP NCS Accred therapist, clinical supervisor & trainer
So, you are considering therapy, and wondering what might be the right option for you. Why not contact me for a free no obligation 45 minute initial consultation? We could look at your options together, I can answer any of your questions and you could make your decision from there. I am easy to find moments from the A63 and a short ride from the city centre on a main bus route. There are ample free parking facilities and my practice is based in an anonymous and confidential setting.
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.
I'm offering you a 45 minute free initial consultation as I find this time invaluable. It gives you an opportunity to meet with me in person, 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. Together we can explore your options. Remember you are under no obligation to book a further session with me following this meeting. I could offer you other suggestions, or of course you may wish to take some time to think and reflect.
Please be aware should you cancel or not attend your arranged initial consultation and ask to re-book it then this will become a chargeable session payable at the time of booking.
Counselling sessions standard rate is £45 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 and required documents or reports.
Supervision is charged at £45 an hour when paid for personally. When supervision is paid for by a company or charity on behalf of an employee or volunteer, this rate will vary according to invoice terms and required documents or reports. I also facilitate peer supervision groups and offer a skills development group for students or new practitioners and are welcome to contact me to explore these options if you wish. Student counsellors who are Unwaged may receive a discounted rate for therapy or supervision when paying personally, please enquire to discuss this with me.
If we agree to work together I have a payment at the time of booking policy and you can pay by cash cheque or 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 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.
My 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.
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 self employed counselling career in 2007 and my work experience 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 P.A.U.L for Brain Recovery, for those effected by an acquired brain injury.
My primary counselling qualifications include;
- Levels 1, 2 & 3 Counselling Practice
- NCFE Diploma Counselling Practice
- Foundation Degree Counselling Practice
- BA (Hons) Counselling Practice (Leeds Met)
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The Northern Guild)
- 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
Continued professional growth is important to me and I am committed to developing and on going learning as a therapist and supervisor.
I am currently studying for a 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.
I have experience working with language translators, and with deaf clients and their sign interpreters.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 diversity 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
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When I was training to be a therapist, I attended 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 revisted and my personal struggles to survive 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 offer this to 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Dedicated disabled parking, disabled toilet facilities and an accessible lift are available. Please make me aware of any health or medical difficulties prior to us meeting so I can ensure your comfort. Free on site parking is available for all clients.
*Appointments available now* between 8am and 6pm. A Free initial consultation will allow us to explore your therapy or supervision options and requirements. Free Parking and disabled access
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Looking for a supervisor can sometimes be a daunting task, can't it? There are so many things to consider, and so many questions to ask! Let me start by saying that is ok, I feel the same, and I’d be happy to meet you in person for a 90 minute introductory appointment as this often helps you come to your decision.