Lisa Stimpson Psychotherapist Dip Psych UKCP Accred, MBACP

Lisa Stimpson Psychotherapist Dip Psych UKCP Accred, MBACP

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The Anderida Practice
Lower Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5EZ

East Grinstead
West Sussex

07765 860651

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About me

I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone consultation to explore whether therapy is for you.

Are you struggling with anxiety or depression or relationship difficulties? 

Are you in a life crisis of some kind and needing some support?

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, a couples counsellor, EMDR practitioner, (NICE recommended trauma treatment) and mindfulness practitioner.  I have 20 years experience working in counselling clinics and in private practice with adolescents and adults.


Therapy is an opportunity to develop your self awareness.  It can help you explore how you respond to life events and how you relate to yourself and others.  It can help you to deepen your understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns and how these may be holding you back from a more satisfying life.  It can also be a place for you to reflect on what is important to you and how to incorporate more of what is meaningful into your life.

It is my aim to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental place to talk through aspects of the past that you may not have let go of, present challenges or future concerns.  It is not my role to give you advice, but rather to be alongside you, offering you the time and space to be listened to, supported and encouraged.  As a mindfulness practitioner, I also offer a range of techniques and practices for you to add to your well-being toolkit.

Developments in brain science are exciting and positive: Our brains CAN be changed from negativity to balance and resilience.  I offer a broad range of knowledge and well-being practices that can help you to take care of your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being.

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 response to certain life experiences.  It can be illuminating to examine how each part influences our life.

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? Some of these parts may be in conflict with each other which can lead to all sorts of stuckness and confusion. This is completely normal but the good news is that 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 clarity you need to navigate life and heal the wounded parts of you.  Therapy can help you to lead from this healthy aspect we call the Self.

Alongside the knowing our parts, we also look at thought patterns and the messages you are giving yourself through the "internal narrative".  Is the voice in your head encouraging you to reach for your potential or holding you back?

b) Releasing Painful Feelings.  Trying to escape emotional pain (through addictions or distractions) actually keeps it alive in you. The treatment I offer helps you to connect with it through the body and release it. This gentle way of working frees you from either being overwhelmed by the painful feelings or needing to bury or run from them.  This forms the basis of healing from emotional wounds

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 is meaningful to you? What do you stand for? What are your values? How do you really want to relate to the world around you? What gives your life purpose?  This aspect 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 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).


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


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 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.

Professional Memberships
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.

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Individual Counselling

50 minute session £60

extended sessions also available on request

Couples Counselling

One hour session: £75

75 minutes: £85

I have a number of reduced cost sessions for those on low incomes and can negotiate for special circumstances.

Maps & Directions

Forest Row, RH18 5EZ
East Grinstead, RH19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults