Lisa Thomas, BSc, PGDip, MBACP
Hello, my name is Lisa Thomas. I am an integrative counsellor and offer professional emotional support in a safe, friendly and confidential environment. You can discuss any difficulties that affect your emotional, psychological and physical well-being. You may feel angry, ashamed, depressed, anxious or a combination of emotions. Counselling is a talking therapy that enables you to understand these feelings and emotions, while discovering the underlying thought patterns that influence them, in an impartial and non-judgemental environment. This process will empower you to work towards self acceptance, facilitate change and improve your life and relationships.
Try not to be scared or nervous. I know contacting me is the first challenge but counselling could be the first move to a better life, when you can say:
'I'm not perfect....But I'm enough' Carl Rogers (On Becoming a Person, 1961)
As an integrative counsellor, I incorporate the Psychological theories of Person Centred, Psycho-dynamic and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I will use a combination of these theories to suit your individual needs.
The first session will take the form of an assessment for each of us. For me, it is a time to discover some background information about you. More importantly, it is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about my practice and how we will work together. From this first meeting you will be able to decide if you are comfortable and able to talk to me. If you decide that I am the right person for you to work with, we will book a session and progress from there together. The sessions will run for as long as you require them, whether it is short term or long term.
If you feel uncomfortable or are unable to talk to me, we will not take the sessions any further. This will give you the opportunity to find the right counsellor for you and make the sessions as beneficial as possible. If this happens, I will not be offended because you are important, and need to address your issues and move forward in an appropriate setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to the organisation's Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have full Professional Civil Liability Insurance. I attend supervision on a monthly basis which monitors my practice and professionalism.
I am DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.
I am an experienced counsellor and I counselled within the charity sector for over 3 years. I have been a self employed Integrative Counsellor since September 2014. During August 2018 I began my employment as an Affiliate Counsellor for Life Works as part of their Employee Assistance Programme.
AQA, Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
AQA, Levels 2 - 3 in Counselling
Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Level 2
Safe Guarding Level 1, Working Together to Safe Guard Children
Hidden Sentence, Understanding the support needs of prisoners' families, PACT
Working with Young People and Substance Use, Drugaid
Understanding Substance Misuse, Agored Cymru
Advanced Alcohol Brief Intervention, Kaleidoscope
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, Grimsby Institute of Higher Education
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The initial assessment will be £15. Subsequent sessions will be £40 per session. Each session will run between 50 minutes and 1 hour. I offer a concessionary rate of £25 for students and pensioners of £25. Proof of low income will be required.
I am able to hold my counselling sessions at three separate locations. These are Pentwynmawr Community Centre, Risca Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic and HealthFirst Consulting.
At Pentwynmawr Community Centre the sessions will be held in the committee room. The Community Centre has an adjacent, free car park and is situated next to the community football field. Pentwynmawr is on a direct bus route from Newport, Blackwood, Abertillery and Cwmbran. The nearest train station is situated in Newbridge, 1 mile away.
Risca Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic has a multi-disciplined team offering chiropractic care, chiropody, sports massage and a range of therapies including counselling. At present I am able to offer counselling at this location every Wednesday and Thursday. Free parking is available at Risca Rugby Club, NP11 6BY. There is a train station in Risca as part of the train service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff. There is a regular bus route from several locations to Newport.
HealthFirst Consulting is a professional consulting suite situated in Fleur-de-Lys, Blackwood.
Fleur-de-Lys is on a direct bus route between Blackwood and Bargoed. The nearest train station is Pengam, where there is a regular train service from Cardiff. The Clinic is located at:
HealthFirst Consulting, 4 Ivors Street, Fleur di Lys, Blackwood. NP12 3RS
Each location offers a neutral venue in which to work; they are free from interruptions and are not influenced by your present environment.
If you have an employee/client that requires counselling, I will consider seeing the individual at your business premises, if an appropriate confidential room is available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Friday, including daytime and evenings. Appointments will be made by mutual agreement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|