Lisa Haydon-Bennett MSc Accredited Registered Member BACP

Lisa Haydon-Bennett MSc Accredited Registered Member BACP

About me

The majority if not all of the work in therapy is centred around relationships and this includes the one with yourself, which is often forgotten. The broader goal for many people is largely the same - to make sense of things so they can feel better and move forward.

I can support you by bringing together different approaches according to your needs. Essentially together we will look back to see what has been happening in your life, to identify why you might be thinking, feeling and behaving the way you do, to work on how to adapt these patterns to move forward.

The moving forward bit is key. Therapy can help you to make sense of things so you can move forward, be free from underlying worries and live a more peaceful and fulfilled life. I won't just sit there and say nothing. Although therapy is not about giving advice what I can do is give you information, insights and feedback and show you different ways of looking at things.

I specialise in working with adult survivors of childhood abuse who may be experiencing amongst other things symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss. No problem is too big or too small. If it bothers you then it's worth working through. Often people experience different types of abuse without realising it; emotional and psychological abuse for example cause considerable emotional harm and can have long lasting effects into adulthood.

I can support you to better understand the things that might be affecting you, getting to the root of why you might be feeling stuck, sad and low in mood or anxious and worried about relationships, work or whatever else is on your mind right now.

I am an integrative psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and a BUPA approved therapist. I am also an accredited member of the BACP and have experience within NHS, charity and private sector settings.

It's important that you find the right therapist - I am happy to meet with you free of charge for a 30 minute informal session (if you're not feeling ready to meet this can be done over the phone). We can discuss what might be worrying you and it gives you an opportunity to hear more about how therapy might work for you.

Sessions are 50 - 60 minutes long and usually weekly but can be arranged to suit your needs. I am based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 20+ years experience supervising, managing, coaching and mentoring individuals, helping them to realise their potential.

I have 9 years specialist experience working with survivors of childhood abuse and current abuse (including sexual and domestic abuse)

I spent 5 years as the Director of a Domestic abuse charity providing clinical and management supervision to a wide range of professionals including support workers, counsellors and art therapists.

I have delivered High intensity Counselling within an IAPT service supporting clients with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, low self esteem often linked to grief, loss, trauma, abuse, neglect.

I am a qualified EMDR therapist and offering EMDR therapy. This is a specialist approach, which can help to reduce the impact of recent and or historical trauma. It also works with anxiety and phobias in a distinct systematic way.

I have an MSc (Distinction) in Integrative Psychotherapy integrating Person Centred, Attachment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theories and approaches (this course was accredited by the BACP)

Prior to this I studied for 4 years gaining a Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred counselling with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in working with survivors of bereavement by suicide. If this is something which has affected you there are lots of resources and support groups in the area.


Free 30 minute consultation either over the phone or in person to give you the chance to check if you would like to work with me

Usual fee is £50 for a 60 minute session

Concessions for lower income households please do ask as I am open to discussing this

Concessions for students requiring therapy as part of their studies £40 for 50 minutes

Supervision condensed fee of £65 for 1.5 hours (BACP requirement per month)

Further information

I am an EMDR therapist qualified through EMDR Europe and am now offering this very unique approach. Please enquire for more details.

Whilst EMDR is NOT a shortcut it does offer you the opportunity to process your anxiety and or trauma without having to speak too much about your experience if you wish. This can be reassuring for people to know if they fear opening up in therapy. You will however need to share information about your past so we can establish if it's safe to work together in this way. We can talk more about this when we meet.

This is a useful like to Youtube to find out more about it.

Maps & Directions

Ilkeston, DE7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I currently have limited availability but please email or call to discuss your needs and the options available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults