Lisa Stimpson

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Psychotherapist, EMDR Practitioner, Couples Counsellor
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East Grinstead RH19 & Forest Row RH18
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone consultation to explore whether therapy is for you, or to discuss details of a programme of nature-based anxiety & wellbeing groups. 

Hello and thank you for looking at my page. 

As well as a general introduction, my page consists of 3 sections relating to:

- Individual psychotherapy

- Couples counselling

- Nature-based workshops focusing on anxiety & wellbeing

Please scroll to the relevant area. 


I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, a couples counsellor, EMDR practitioner, mindfulness coach and group facilitator.

I have over 20 years experience working in counselling clinics and in private practice with adults, adolescents and couples.  I offer both short-term focused work and longer-term deep psychotherapy.  I specialise in anxiety & panic attacks, trauma, depression and self esteem. 


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 personal style as a therapist is to be interactive; In sessions, I teach how the brain and nervous system work and how to apply tools and practices to help you make the changes you need for greater confidence, self awareness and self acceptance.  

Developments in brain science are exciting and positive: Our brains CAN be rewired from negativity loops to balance and resilience.


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 needed 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.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

Most people have experienced trauma (anything that was overwhelming) at some point in their lives.  EMDR is a quick and effective non-talking method of desensitising traumatic memories.   

EMDR therapy can be used to treat a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, including:    Anxiety and panic attacks *  Depression * Phobias * Childhood trauma * Addiction * Chronic pain * Self-esteem issues * Relationship issues

EMDR replicates REM sleep and serves to "deactivate" emotions that still have an emotional charge.  The therapy is based on the principle that the brain has a natural ability to heal itself and that when we experience traumatic events, the natural healing process can become disrupted. EMDR therapy helps to reprocess these traumatic memories and restore the brain's natural healing process, leading to lasting relief from symptoms.


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.

2023 SPRING & SUMMER PROGRAMME OF NATURE-BASED WORKSHOPS Run by Natureways-Therapy (a CIC of which I am a co-founder, director & facilitator)

1) Releaf: Understanding & Alleviating Anxiety (series of 4 workshops)

Set in a beautiful woodland, seated around a central fire, Re:leaf is a series of Monday morning workshops combining the healing benefits of being in nature,  mindfulness,  brain education, therapeutic support .  Participants will learn simple brain hacks, learn how to create a sense of safety & take away a toolkit of strategies on how to master anxiety.

Dates: Spring Course: Mondays Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8
Summer Course: Mondays Jun 12, Jun 19, Jun 26, July 3
Time 9.30am – 12 Noon
Location: Twyford Farm, Twyford Lane, RH17 7DJ
Cost: By donation.

2) Wild Minds Together: Reducing Anxiety with a parent & Child Woodland Experience

For children: Learn about anxiety & survival systems through woodland games; boost confidence & resilience; build a toolkit of strategies for dealing with anxiety

For parents/carers: Support group to learn about anxiety and how to help your child.   

Shared woodland activities with parents/carers & child to build connection

Course dates: Saturday May 13th and May 20th
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Twyford Farm, Twyford Lane, RH17 7DJ
Cost £280 per child and parent/carer.
2 complementary/low cost places available


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 90 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


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

Gestalt Therapy
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness: Stress Reduction Through Awareness
Loss and Bereavement
Biographical Counselling
Landmark Forum
Landmark Forum Advanced Course
Vipassana Insight Meditation retreats



I have had a private practice for the last 15 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.

Professional Memberships
I am accredited by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists) 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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£1.48 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health

Additional information

Individual Counselling

60 minute session:  £90

Extended sessions also available on request

Couples Counselling

One hour session: £90

75 minutes: £110

I have a number of reduced cost sessions

When I work

Monday 9.30am to 9.30pm Tuesday 8.00am - 9.30pm Wednesday 8.00am - 6.30pm Thursday 8.00am - 6.30pm Friday 9.30am - 6.30pm

East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

12 Upper Close, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Lisa Stimpson
Lisa Stimpson