About me

Unfortunately I currently do not have any availability at this time.  I will continue to update this if this changes.   

The majority if not all of the work in therapy is centred around relationships, in particular the one with yourself. The broader goal for many people is largely the same - to be able to make sense of things and stop doubting themselves so they can feel better and move forward.

Together we will explore what has been happening in your life to identify why you might be thinking, feeling and behaving the way you do and work on how to understand and adapt these patterns to move forward.

The moving forward bit is key.  Good therapy can help you to make sense of things. You will have a clearer understanding of yourself and your sense of identity. You will be able to understand your underlying worries,  what your triggers are and better recognise any self sabotaging behaviours. You will build emotional resilience and develop new coping skills.  Good therapy can provide you with effective tools and strategies to use in everyday life so you can ultimately live a more fulfilled life.

A common worry for people seeking therapy is that they won't know what to say. Although therapy is not about giving advice I can give you information, insights and feedback and show you different ways of looking at things. We will work collaboratively together to work through your worries.

I work with anyone who has any type of worry. No worry is too big or too small. If it bothers you then it's worth working through.

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, an EMDR therapist and approved by BUPA, the Police Federation and the Police Firearms Association. I am 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 - someone you feel you can trust, open up to and feel both listened to and understood. I am happy to meet with you free of charge for a 20 minute informal chat. This is not therapy and is not a 'session' and there is no obligation to continue after this. It's a chance for you to discuss what might be worrying you and have an opportunity to hear more about how integrative psychotherapy or EMDR therapy might work for you.

Sessions are 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 a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Derby. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist integrating Person Centred, Attachment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theories and underpinning this the Transtheoretical Model of Change. This course was accredited by my awarding body the BACP. This modern approach is evidence based and proven to help people with psychological and emotional distress.

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

I am also an EMDR therapist offering EMDR therapy. This specialist approach can help to reduce the impact of recent and or historical trauma. It also works with anxiety, phobias and blocked or limiting beliefs with a distinct therapeutic system following an eight stage process

I have 30 years experience in leading, managing and mentoring professionals, helping them to realise their potential and fulfil their personal and professional goals across private, charity and health sectors

I have 10+ years specialist experience working with adult survivors of incest, childhood abuse, sexual and domestic abuse

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

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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 local support groups in the area.





£70.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA

Additional information

Free 20 minute consultation either over the phone or in person to give you the chance to check if you would like to work with me


Psychotherapy £70for a 60 minute session

EMDR £70for a 60 minute session and pro rata for a 90 minute session


Unfortunately I currently do not have any availability.  

Further information

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

Whilst EMDR is not a shortcut it does offer you the opportunity to process your memories without having to speak too much about your experience if you so wish. This can be reassuring for people to know if they fear opening up something particularly difficult 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 link (below) to give quick snapshot of what to expect. You can also look at EMDR Association website:




Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I work from a cabin in the garden, there is fairly narrow pathway to navigate and small shallow step into the cabin itself. You might need to come along and see if it would be accessible for you. I do offer online therapy as an alternative.

Online platforms



Lisa Haydon-Bennett

Lisa Haydon-Bennett