Lisa Sanders Accr. ACAT, Reg MBACP Chew Valley and South Bristol BS39
With over 10 years experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I provide a warm, professional and non judgemental space. We can explore together what has brought you to therapy, to understand what is going on for you, to find new ways forwards. Whether that is your past, present or both, I am aware that this exploration can be challenging. I deeply value the process and relationship as unique to each individual person. We will work together towards your aims and goals for your future.
My approach will depend on your needs and your goals. I will be thoughtful about your experiences and respectful to your wishes. Be assured that I have extensive experience when working with a wide range of problems, histories and issues. Working within different settings, such as the NHS and Secondary School, I have a proven record of helping many people to see past what may be troubling them, helping them to no longer feel overwhelmed, trapped or hopeless.
I am based in the Chew Valley, close to Wells, Bath and South Bristol. Surrounding villages include Keynsham, Pensford, Temple Cloud, West Harptree, Chew Stoke, Marksbury, Chew Magna. My practice is run from my home which is in Bishop Sutton, Bristol with plenty of off street parking. I am 10 miles from the centre of Bristol, 13 miles from Bath and 12 miles from Wells.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist Registered with the BACP and an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist with ACAT. I am highly experienced in using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.
Previous employment includes working as the School Counsellor at John Cabot Academy, and working within the NHS for 8 years. As well as School, I have worked with the different approaches mentioned above on short and long term basis in the following settings: GP surgeries, NHS Talking Therapies Service (IAPT), the Complex Needs Service within Community Mental Health Teams in Wells and Berkshire and Maggie’s Cancer Charity. I have also been a supervisor as part of my roles in the Talking Therapies NHS Service and Maggies Cancer Charity.
The range of issues I have worked with includes but is not limited to the following:
- Relationship Issues
- Depression and Anxiety
- Low Self Esteem and Confidence
- Bereavement and Loss
- Identity Problems
- Trauma and Abuse
- Sexual Assault and Rape
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Personality Disorders
- Problem Solving
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Self Harming and suicide
- Life Adjustments
- Postnatal Depression
- Parenting difficulties
- Eating Disorders
Prior to training as a Counsellor, I worked therapeutically with individuals and groups for 12 years across a number of settings including charities and the prison service.
I work in accordance with BACP and ACAT's code of ethics and practice and am Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checked.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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I charge £50 for 60 minute sessions and may be able to offer concessions for low income households and students.
I offer Skype and telephone appointments if required.
What is Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)?
In a nut shell….
CAT focuses on relationships, past and present, to help understand why you relate to yourself and others in the way that you do in the present.There will be some work between sessions in the form of work sheets and monitoring. Please take a look at the ACAT website for more information: http://www.acat.me.uk/page/about+cat
CBT looks at your thoughts and feelings to change the way you feel. There is likely be exercises and things to do in between sessions. To find out more about CBT go to the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) page at http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday day / evening, Tuesday day / evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday day.
Types of client