Lisa McGinnis

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BA (Hons); PGCE; Counselling Dip; MBACP (Accredited)
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Lymington, Hampshire, SO41
No current availability
No current availability

This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

'Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start' ~  Pema Chodron

Hello and welcome.

Counselling and Psychotherapy offer an opportunity to explore concerns, challenges or anxieties you may be experiencing. You may be feeling overwhelmed or stuck, unable to make sense of things. Having someone to talk to, in confidence, can help identify obstacles and facilitate change. My non-judgemental approach encourages explorations of your beliefs and values and also encourages your curiosity about different ways of being in the world.

How I work:

I practise as an integrative counsellor, although my foundation framework is psychodynamic therapy. This means I listen carefully to your previous experiences, your understanding of them and how this may affect your present life, your sense of identity and sense of belonging. I also integrate behavioural techniques and attachment theory into my work.

I work with you to help you understand that change is possible, and I accompany you on this journey. The therapeutic relationship is intended to be healing, supportive and at times challenging. It is an opportunity to take the time and to make the space in your life to reflect and gain insight, to experience that change is possible. At the heart of change is the process of understanding of oneself and honouring that understanding.

I look forward to accompanying you on your journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP (Accredited)
  • Registered MBACP
  • Counselling Diploma
  • CRUSE Bereavement ABC foundation course
  • PGCE, The University of Southampton
  • BA (Hons English and American Literature), Echols Scholar, The University of Virginia USA
  • DBS checked/Fully insured
  • Trained to work online with video platforms and telephone therapy (BACP and The Open University)

I have worked as a CRUSE bereavement volunteer, and  a volunteer at a hospice working specifically with those impacted by brain tumours. I continue to work at a hospice and at counselling service. 

Before I trained as a counsellor, I was a teacher and writer for 25 years. I feel counselling is a natural progression of the skills and experience I have cultivated working with people in education and the arts. I believe the common thread running through teaching, writing and counselling is understanding how people of any age perceive themselves, the world, others and how they relate to all of this. Everyone can be the author of their own story.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session

Additional information

I work with adults on either a short term basis (for example 6-12/24 sessions) or an open ended basis.

The initial assessment session is 90 minutes in length and costs £70. On-going sessions are for 50 minutes. The cost per session is £55 per session.

I do offer concessions for therapy. However, at this time, all these spaces are filled.

If you contact me by email, phone or text, I will endeavour to get back to you in 48 hours.

I am having a break from 22 December until 2 January. I resume work on Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Further information

Currently, I am undertaking additional training in psychopathology and personality disorders (BPD and NPD). 

Lymington, Hampshire, SO41

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Lisa McGinnis
Lisa McGinnis