Lisa Lines - MBACP Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling
My practice focuses on the client while working collaboratively and creatively in a safe and confidential environment; a place to be heard and gain understanding without judgement where desired change, clarity, or perhaps a different way forward can be explored.
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which essentially means integrating different theories, techniques and skills into my practice through in-depth training together with continued professional development and exploration of my own self to be able to welcome and view the client as a whole person tailoring the therapy to the client and not the client to the therapy.
My integrative training had a Psychodynamic focus where the past can be explored to help provide clues on the present. I also have a keen interest in the Transpersonal which looks at the development of the individual beyond the personal; the spiritual element of being. I have also found that working with the Inner Child can begin to provide inner healing of childhood wounds and trauma providing relief from depression and anxiety. I find the key elements of Person Centred Theory i.e. Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Congruence, underpinning my work so believing in the individual's ability to work towards their full potential. Where appropriate, I like to oofer the use of art, visualisation, working with images and objects to help provide insight and understanding into issues which initially seem unclear.
My personal interest in Mindfulness sometimes enters into my practice as appropriate or when the client expresses an interest where it can benefit in helping with stress and anxiety.
The Counselling Relationship and what I can offer
I believe building a trusting relationship and working creatively together can help provide understanding and perhaps give insight into concerns towards discovery of what it is that's needed at this time from resources within one's self.
I offer face-to-face counselling both short and long term for adults. Counselling sessions are 50 mins and ideally take place weekly; this helps with consistency and continuity and to help build a full picture. I consider short term to be around 6 sessions and we would have opportunity to review and agree on a possible way forward as would be the case during longer term therapy which would suit more in-depth issues.
Entering into counselling is an important decision so I feel it is vital for us both to feel that we can work together and for you to feel cared for and supported to begin the work. This is something we can explore in the initial session and of course if you feel I am not what you are looking for then you are under no obligation to continue counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
(An extensive 5 year training modulated by the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body))
Child protection modules 1 & 2 attained through Barnardo's and the ESCB (Essex Children's Safeguarding Board).
Continual Professional Development certificates in areas such as Mindfulness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Hoarding Disorders, Suicide, Abuse, Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment Theory, Vicarious Trauma, Erotic Transference, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Drama Therapy, loss and bereavement, Shame, Transpersonal Psychology and working with the Inner Child.
As a Counsellor, I'm an experienced practitioner having worked primarily within the NHS with adults for a national cancer charity for over 4 years. I have worked as a schools Counsellor and more recently another regional cancer charity alongside private practice. My role within the NHS has included co-facilitating courses in communication skills and Mindfulness.
I work with others through issues around bereavement, loss, mental health, self harming behaviours, depression, PND, anxiety, work related stress, loss of purpose/goals and direction in life, sexual issues, sexual identity, trauma, physical/emotional and sexual abuse, childhood issues, relationships, cancer and life limiting illness.
I have also supported bereaved adults and children in local hospices over a 5 year period and provided support for deaf and hearing adults with learning difficulties in the community.
Prior to training as a Counsellor my work was in the public and private sectors working in community health, children's centres and privately with parents and babies-to-pre-school children providing early years services for over 10 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- 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
I charge £40 per 50 min session.
An initial session is £20 for 50 mins.
On some occasions I may be able to offer a reduced fee or low cost sessions, so please ask if this is an important consideration and we can talk about this.
My student concession rate is £30 per 50 min session.
As a registered member of the professional body, the BACP, I work to their ethical framework. This also means I have attained sufficient qualification to practice; I maintain continual professional development; I have regular supervision; I have full professional indemnity insurance; and I am open to their inspection and review. They also provide assurance for you as the client should there be anything you are not happy with.
I am also an Associate Member of the Anglia Ruskin Counselling Society (ARUCS).
I am registered with the ico. (Information Commissioners Office) conforming to the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please feel welcome to email/phone any time where you can also leave a message if I'm unable to reach your call. We can then discuss a mutually convenient time to arrange an initial session.
Types of client