Lisa Macdonald Bsc(Hons) RMBACP
Taking the step to "reach our" for support from a professional counsellor is a positive step forward and a sign of inner strength, although at this initial stage it may not feel like it at this time.
I am a warm, caring person and practitioner offering counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people from the age of 16. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and although my qualifications and professional body membership are vital "rubber stamps" of approval, it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between you as my client and myself as a therapist that is at the heart of my practice.
My private practice is run from my garden room based from my home, where I offer a relaxed, informal space where you will be listened to without judgment and in confidence. Whatever the difficulties you are experiencing we can explore together, at your pace, building up trust, a crucial component for deepening our relationship and necessary for the healing process, growth and towards change. As an Integrative Practitioner I will offer varying techniques and ways of expressing and exploring feelings that will be suited to you, this approach aims to help you make sense of your present experience and enable you to move forward in a safe and supportive way.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional background has grown from eleven years of working therapeutically with children and young people in the care system, this has afforded me a great understanding to the impact of attachment, early life trauma and childhood issues, particular around separation and loss, to how our early life experiences can impact into adulthood and our current relationships. This work led me into pursuing my training and qualification in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Sherwood Institute of Psychotherapy in Nottingham, where I completed three years of training alongside clinical practice in a general counselling service, supporting clients affected by addictions, anxiety, bereavement, trauma and much more. As well as my private practice, I currently work 2 days a week in the voluntary sector where I offer counselling to support adults affected by domestic violence, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, anxiety, PTSD and other related mental health problems.
Qualifications Held; BSc (hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy(1st Class)
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
EDI Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care (Children & Young People)
I adhere to the BACP ethical guidelines for good practice and I am committed to continuing my personal development by attending on going professional training. My work is carefully monitored by an external BACP accredited supervisor.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a FREE 30 minute initial consultation and £35 per hourly session thereafter.
For eligible clients on a low income and/or students I offer a discounted rate of £25 per hourly session.
I hold a fully enhanced DBS certificate.
My therapy room is on a low level and therefore accessible for clients with mobility issues.
Off street parking is available