Lisa Markwell BA (Hons) - Relationships & Autism/Aspergers MBACP
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? Feel like your partner doesn't understand you?
Do you wish you could turn the clock back to happier times in your relationship?
Many couples face difficulties in their relationship at some time or other, and this can often be a stressful experience, leaving one or both partners feeling hurt, lonely or rejected.
Relationship counselling can help you re-connect with each other, reduce conflict in the relationship, and regain the closeness and intimacy you once had.
You can read more in the blog posts I have written related to my work with autistic clients here: https://www.connections-counselling.co.uk/blog/
As a Relate trained counsellor, I can help you move from feeling stuck, to being more understanding of each other, and to find more successful ways of communicating, whether you are young or older, LGBT+, married, living together, or living apart.
I specialise in working with couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum (or Asperger's Syndrome). Having close family members on the autism spectrum, I recognise the need to adapt how I work to support clients with autism, and their partners in the best way possible. It is not a requirement for the counselling to have a formal diagnosis, as the techniques and strategies are formulated to support you as individuals, and the unique relationship you share.
Counselling can help with stress, anxiety, depression/low mood, or to improve self confidence.
Sometimes just talking things through, feeling heard and understood can make a significant difference. When I work with clients in this way, I am listening actively and responding empathically. Creating a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. Together we might find new perspectives on things you may be feeling 'stuck' with, which can help you to move forward.
My initial counselling training with Relate has provided me with a systemic practice base to work with. This means looking at the whole picture so to speak, understanding you in the context of the world around you including your family, friends, work and relationships, and the influences these have on you as an individual, both currently, and from the past. Occasionally, these may be out of our immediate awareness, and this approach can help you identify any of these influences that may be having a negative impact on your life today.
I then went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Counselling Solutions which has equipped me with more solution focused techniques to support change and growth. This could be for example, identifying anxiety provoking situations, and applying Cognitive Behavioural techniques to help you feel calmer and more in control.
"Thank you for everything and being there for me. I am so happy knowing there are people like you out there truly helping autistic people, and I would recommend you to anyone who needs help and support with their or partner's autism."
"I had six sessions with Lisa. Lisa has detailed knowledge of ASD and the mental health problems commonly associated with ASD, Lisa sent a variety of interesting sources which I could use to inform myself (examples included videos, magazine and academic articles). Lisa was solution-focused: we identified the central causes of my mental health problems, discussed methods to resolve them or mitigate their intensity, she suggested a variety of visual devices, techniques and tools. Lisa was always polite and kind."
“As a late-diagnosed autistic adult, I’ve felt very lost and have struggled to find the right support. When I started working with Lisa, I felt like I finally found someone who understood my way of communication. I always felt better after our sessions and she’s provided me with the tools I need to move forward in my life.”
I work from a location close to Fleet Street in London, a short walk from the Holborn, Chancery Lane and Temple tube stations.
Online counselling via the video call service Zoom is available if you do not live near to the counselling venue.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Currently studying MA Autism Spectrum
- PgCert Autism Spectrum
- BA (Hons) Counselling Solutions
- Relate Certificate of Proficiency
- Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Relate)
- Counselling Skills Level 3
- Counselling Skills Level 2
- Certificate in Understanding Autism
- Certificate in Equality & Diversity
- Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
- Certificate in Nutrition & Health
- Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
- I have completed further training in;
- Working Therapeutically with Aspergers
- Asperger Syndrome: Working clinically with individuals and couples affected by the condition
- Twins and Relationships
- LGBT+ Inclusion Training
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Couples Therapy for Depression
- Social Stories™ (10.2)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Online Therapy
- Eagala Certified Practitioner. See https://www.eagala.org/model
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
*NEW ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM*
Find a slot and book with ease at https://www.connections-counselling.co.uk/booking-london/
Relationship Counselling £90 per 1 hour session
Individual Counselling £90 per 1 hour session
Payments for venue sessions can be made by cash, bank transfer and all major credit and debit cards.
Online - Zoom*
Relationship Counselling £65 per 1 hour session
Individual Counselling £65 per 1 hour session
Payments for online and telephone sessions can be made at the time of booking online, or in advance by bank transfer.
I am fully insured and hold a DBS certificate.