Lisa Sanders

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Accred ACAT + BACP, EMDR, Chew Valley and South Bristol BS39
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Bristol, Somerset, BS39
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and EMDR Therapist. I am Accredited with the BACP and ACAT and a Member of the EMDR association.

With over 15 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

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) (2021)
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2017)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2014)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling (2008)

I am an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist, Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist. I am Accredited with the BACP and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT), and a member of the EMDR Association. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) into my practice.

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/marital
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Low Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Identity Problems
  • Trauma and Abuse (past and present)
  • Sexual Assault and Rape
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Inc Complex) (PTSD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Problem Solving
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Self Harming and suicide
  • Anger
  • Life Adjustments
  • Health Issues
  • Social
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Eating Disorders
  • Miscarriage

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.


Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.

The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)

The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) is a registered charity. They welcome members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. They list CAT practitioners.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

My fees are to allow for up to 1 hour per session.

When I work

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Further information

What is Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and EMDR?

CAT explores your experiences in the past and present, to help you to understand your unhelpful patterns in your relationships with others and in yourself. We understand why you relate to yourself and others in the way that you do, and look at how to make long term, sustainable and realistic changes i 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:

EMDR - Is a technique used to process trauma, which has become stuck from past experiences, out of the body and mind, so it no longer plays out in the present within yourself or through your relationships. Trauma, of any kind, can including losing a loved one, being bullied (past or present), having an unhappy home as a child or feeling unsafe, having an accident, being abused or violated (as an adult or child), witnessing something traumatic such as domestic violence, an accident or parental illness, amongst many many other examples. EMDR can focus on removing phobias too. It has been proven to be affective in reducing or eliminating PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, disconnect, dissociation), anxiety, depression, anger / rage, self harm, suicidal ideation, relationship difficulties, amongst others. To look into this more, go to the website:

Bishop Sutton, Bristol, Somerset, BS39

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Lisa Sanders
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