Hello I'm Lisa. Welcome to my profile.
I am available to offer support (counselling by Skype,etc or by phone) during this suddenly very strange and uncertain time. You may be feeling all sorts of feelings right now....overwhelmed, anxious, unmotivated, financial concerns, worried about the future or just trying to adjust to the changes the pandemic has brought to your life. If you need to talk to someone - I am hear to listen and support you with managing your feelings and finding a way through.
A little about me....
My life experiences have shaped who I am. I have travelled extensively and had a variety of job roles which have included, working with children, adult education and careers advice and guidance. My passion for helping others has lead me to where I am now, in my 40’s practising as a counsellor.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I know through my own experience of finding the 'right' counsellor how overwhelming it can be with so much choice.
I can offer you a counselling service that is friendly, professional and affordable. When we are through the other side of the pandemic I will be able to offer you a choice of locations, either in the heart of Exeter, or at a venue close to the centre of Newton Abbot. In the meantime it is a remote face-to-face service, either by phone or another platform such as Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.
My approach to counselling:
I have a kind and warm personality. I aim to create a nurturing space where you feel at ease, supported, listened to and never feel judged. I believe in the power of talking therapy and the importance of building a solid foundation of trust within our counselling relationship.
The Person-Centred Approach is at the core of how we will work together and to further support the counselling process, I often draw on techniques from Gestalt Therapy, (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.
You are the focus of the counselling work, so I will work in a way that is suited to your individual needs and goals.
While I am alongside you on your journey I will help you to connect with your ‘true’ self. I will support you to develop coping strategies, overcome your emotional challenges, achieve improved well-being and become empowered to make important life choices.
I can offer you counselling support for the following issues:
- Panic attacks
- PMS - self-care and coping strategies
- Health issues
- Menopause and Perimenopause
- Lack of motivation
- Social phobia
- Loss and letting go
- Low confidence and self-esteem
- Relationship and family issues
- Stress - to include exam related and work-related stress
- Making difficult life choices
My previous background was in mentoring and careers advice and guidance. I supported adults of all ages and sectors of the community back into employment or to make a career change.
I am passionate about 'being happy' in our chosen careers and employment choices as most of us are in work for much of our life. I think it is important that we are happy and content doing what we do! Otherwise the price we pay can be high and negatively impact on our well-being and could lead to developing anxiety, stress, insomnia, relationship problems, among many other issues.
Could you benefit from Careers Counselling?
I can support you to:
- Find a new career pathway if you feel frustrated or ‘stuck’ in your current situation
- Explore other careers that will give you more job satisfaction
- Change negative patterns of behaviour
- Recognise your unique skills
- Manage work related stress and difficult relationships at work
- Overcome issues that could be affecting your work life
- Understand how negative thoughts may be holding you back from success
- Develop your CV and cover letter
You may be experiencing stress at work that is stopping you from enjoying a job you otherwise like doing.
I can also support you with these work-related issues:
- Work performance stress
- Bullying or conflict with manager/ colleagues
- Depression and anxiety at work
- Confidence issues - low self-esteem at work
- Redundancy concerns
Let me help you to live the life you want and deserve.
Call me today for an appointment or text me on 07761084388.
Training, qualifications & experience
In private practice I receive referrals from individuals as well as professional organisations such as Anxiety UK. I also offer my counselling services voluntarily to an organisation supporting carers in Devon.
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling having successfully completed course requirements, the required client counselling hours, my own individual personal therapy and supervision.
Training and Qualification
- CRUSE – Bereavement Care Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- UKATA Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
- OCR Level 4 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
- OCR Level 3 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
- NOCN Introduction to Counselling Skills
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
- Early Bird Plus Parent Support Programme - The National Autistic Society
- Anxiety UK Approved Therapist
- Over 4 years of experience working as a Counsellor with Counselling for Carers, offering low cost counselling to adult carers in Devon
- Over a decade of experience in advice and guidance roles
- Experience of working with children in a learning support setting with an ASD and ADHD
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- I adhere to the code of ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- I am fully insured and have an up to date DBS check
I am committed to my development as a counsellor and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and have completed training in:
- Eating Disorders
- Play Therapy
- The Fiction of Dreams
- LGBT+ (Training through Intercom Trust)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I can offer you face to face counselling by telephone or Skype, face time, Zoom, etc. Whichever method you feel most comfortable to use/try.
I am flexible with the hours that I work and when I could see you.
I believe that counselling should be accessible to everyone, more so during this time and I aim to provide an affordable counselling service.
I offer a concessionary rate if you are NHS worker, Key Worker, student, low income, unemployed or a student counsellor in training.
The fee for a 60 minute counselling session is £43. I am flexible with the fee and offer concessions so please do ask.
With no obligation contact me today, either call or text me on 07761084388, to discuss how I can support you. I can offer you a free short telephone consultation before you commit to an initial appointment.
On the Counselling Directory you can contact me directly by clicking on the ‘Email me’ button at the top of my profile.
Concessions offered for
A little more about me....
I have always had a deep interest in psychology and our well-being. I am fascinated by the 'mind and body' connection and particularly interested in the impact the arts can have on our health and well-being. I am interested in other cultures and have travelled widely. Now in hindsight, I am grateful for my wanderlust as it enabled me to experience so many different cultures, people and places. I enjoy being creative and like to paint and write. I also like to keep healthy and enjoy Pilates, jogging (fantastic way to burn off stress!!) and yoga, I love walking in the countryside or by the sea. Another passion of mine is music and I am involved in community radio as a presenter.
My journey to becoming a counsellor was further fuelled by the various people' focused roles I have had. My experience has involved working with children in a learning support setting, with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. I have also worked in adult education and advice and guidance. I provided careers advice and guidance to adults, who often had long term health conditions and mental health issues, to find sustainable employment. These roles provided excellent grounding for becoming a counsellor.
Telling you a 'a little bit about me' has hopefully given you an idea of me as a person and as someone that you can feel comfortable talking to as your counsellor.
I hope you have found my profile helpful for making the decision of which counsellor is right for you.....best wishes on your counselling journey towards a happier you!