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 have been a self employed Integrative Counsellor since September 2014. I am employed as a Telephone Counsellor and an Affiliate Counsellor for a 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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The initial assessment will be £15. Subsequent sessions are £40 per session. Each session will run between 50 minutes and 1 hour. I offer a concessionary rate of £25 for students, key workers and low income groups.
Concessions offered for
At present, I offer telephone counselling sessions and face to face sessions at Risca Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic and HealthFirst Consulting.
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 Thursday and Saturday. 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:
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.