Lisa McGinnis BA (Hons); PGCE; Counselling Dip; MBACP

Lisa McGinnis BA (Hons); PGCE; Counselling Dip; MBACP

The Wessex Clinic
Health & Wellbeing Centre
21 New Street
SO41 9BH


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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 sometimes 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

  • 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

I have worked as a CRUSE bereavement volunteer, worked at a hospice and worked at counselling service for 5 years.

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.

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

Sessions are for 50 minutes. The cost per session is £45 per session.

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

Further information

My office hours are Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2 - 5pm.

Maps & Directions

Lymington, SO41 9BH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Types of client

Older adults