Lisa Sanders Accr. ACAT, Reg MBACP Chew Valley and South Bristol BS39
I offer an open, warm, professional and safe environment and deeply value the therapy process and relationship as unique to each individual person. I respect your privacy and confidentiality within the work that we will undertake together. Coming to therapy to explore, understand, and work through anything that may be troubling, whether that is your past, present or both can be difficult to do. We will work together to help you through the difficulties you are facing.
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 the NHS I have a proven record of helping many people to see past what may be troubling them and 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 the School Counsellor for John Cabot Academy, a secondary school based in Kingswood, Bristol.
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist Registered with the BACP and an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist with ACAT. I am experienced in using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.
I worked within the NHS for 8 years providing the different approaches mentioned above on short and long term basis in the following settings: GP surgeries, providing the NHS Talking Therapies Service, the Complex Needs Service within the Community Mental Health Teams in Wells and Berkshire and Maggie’s Cancer Charity in Oxford. I have also been a supervisor as part of my roles in the Talking Therapies NHS Service and Maggies.
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
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
- 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 issues
- 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 50 minute sessions and may be able to offer concessions for low income households and students.
The frequency of sessions are usually weekly but can also be agreed between us.
I offer Skype and telephone appointments if required.
What is Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)?
In a nut shell….
CBT looks at your thoughts and feelings to change the way you feel. There may 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
Counselling can vary from problem solving, talking about your life in the present, to looking at your past relationships and childhood and linking them to the present.
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 may be work between some 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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday day and evening, Thursday evenings, Friday day, Saturday mornings. I usually respond to enquiries on the same day if made before 9pm.
Types of client