Lisa Stimpson Psychotherapist Dip Psych UKCP Accred, MBACP
I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone consultation to explore whether therapy is for you.
Hello and thank you for looking at my page.
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, a couples counsellor, EMDR therapist and mindfulness coach.
I have 20 years experience working in counselling clinics and in private practice with adolescents and adults. I offer both short-term focused work or longer-term deep psychotherapy.
I specialise in anxiety & panic attacks, trauma, depression and self esteem. Couples counselling also forms a significant segment of my work.
I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to express and explore whatever you are struggling with. My friendly and relaxed environment is a place you can be listened to and supported to learn a range of valuable skills for dealing with difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviour patterns. MY aim is to help you to build the life skills and resilience to navigate life with more confidence, self awareness and self acceptance.
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How I Work
a) Understanding Our Different Parts and Our Thinking Patterns
It is common to think we are "one personality". In fact, we have many different parts - parts that developed in early life in response to certain life experiences. It can be illuminating to become conscious of how each part influences our life. Common ones are the "self critic" and a part that feels "not good enough" and these often play a significant role in keeping us feeling insecure and not fulfilling our potential.
I use this example: our whole self is like a bus, with lots of different passengers (our different parts) and with one passenger driving the bus (taking the lead) at a time. Different triggers and a different passenger takes over the driving seat.
Have you ever noticed that a different part of you has “taken over” in certain circumstances? Once we are aware of what is happening or who our various “passengers” are, we have CHOICE as to whether to let that particular “passenger” take the wheel!
Underneath all of the parts is another aspect of you that holds all of the wisdom, confidence and kindness need to solve your problems and anchor you in self esteem. Therapy can help you to connect with this healthy, compassionate aspect of yourself.
b) Releasing Painful Feelings. Trying to escape emotional pain (through addictions or distractions or repression) actually keeps it alive in you. Drawing on Compassion Focused Therapy, I offer techniques that help you to connect with the feelings with gentleness which allows the body to dissolve them.
c) Creating A Meaningful Life. As you step away from a sense of limitation, you can turn your attention to some crucial questions. What do you want your life to be about? What is important to you? What are your values? How do you really want to relate to the world around you? What gives your life purpose? These more existential and spiritual aspects of the work can be deeply satisfying, creative and expansive.
You may be experiencing ongoing conflict in your relationship, a breakdown in communication, a breach of trust, or just a slow decline in your sense of intimacy.
It is important to understand what is driving the conflicts in your relationship. In relationships we all long to feel that our partner is really there for us, to have our backs, support us and be available for us when we need them. This is what we as humans are hardwired to need. When it is not there we feel anger, stress, hurt and disconnection. Often our attempts to address this come in the form of attack or criticism which only fuels the disconnection.
In couples therapy we explore how our history and relationship experiences are impacting our partnerships in the present. Being in a relationship can reactivate old wounds from childhood and often we are influenced by the relationship dynamics we witnessed in our parents.
We also have differences in our values or ways of communicating which can drive rifts between us. When we try to communicate about our needs but end up feeling misunderstood. A vital aspect of couples therapy is learning how to listen to our partner.
My role is to mediate and bring clarity and openness to help you develop a deep understanding of each other and explore how to communicate in a more effective way.
EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation, and re-processing) is a type of non-talking therapy that It is recommended by The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as form of valuable psychotherapy that helps those with trauma related memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR replicates REM sleep and serves to "deactivate" emotions that still have an emotional charge.
ECO-THERAPY & MINDFULNESS - "WALK & TALK" IN NATURE
Many of us are over-worked, over-loaded and over-stimulated. Being in nature offers a soothing, calming, re-balancing backdrop for you to explore your challenges and release difficult emotions. Nature can become a 3rd party in your process towards growth and there is no easier place in my opinion to become practiced in the art of mindfulness.
I offer sessions lasting 80 minutes in the forest which can be a combination of 'walk & talk' or finding 'sit spots'.
I hope this has given you the information you need. Thanks again for reading my page and I am happy to have a no-obligation chat with you to discuss how I can help.
I wish you all the best for your well-being and growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Post Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy gained from Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
Certificate in Counselling gained from Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
EMDR Modules 1, 2 & 3 gained from EMDR Extra (accredited by EMDR Europe)
BA (Hons) Warwick University
Continued Professional Development
Mindfulness: Stress Reduction Through Awareness
Loss and Bereavement
Landmark Forum Advanced Course
Vipassana Insight Meditation retreats
I have had a private practice for the last twelve years and currently have established practices in Forest Row & East Grinstead. I have worked in a variety of counselling clinics in London and Brighton.
I have also worked in a private psychiatric hospital and at a respite centre for the homeless and people with addictions.
I am accredited by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists) and a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am fully insured and have regular clinical supervision to ensure my work is of a high standard.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
60 minute session £65
extended sessions also available on request
One hour session: £75
75 minutes: £90
I have a number of reduced cost sessions for those on low incomes and can negotiate for special circumstances.