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About me

Everyday life can be complex and challenging and there may be times when we all need support to process what is going on and to navigate our way through it. This may be because life has become so overwhelming that we no longer feel able to deal with the challenges on our own, or it may be that we are feeling stuck or lost in some way and need help to understand what it is that is preventing us from living a more fulfilled life. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to do this.

I am a qualified and BACP registered, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I am trained in, and draw on a range of therapeutic approaches, allowing me to tailor the work to your individual needs and preferences. Core to my practice is the importance of a strongly collaborative and trusting therapeutic relationship, which I believe is the foundation of effective therapy. Working closely with my clients, the aim is to build a shared understanding of your current psychological distress and together find the most effective path forward. I have experience in treating a broad range of psychological difficulties, from mild to more complex problems, and have a strong interest in trauma-related problems. I work individually with adults age 16 plus, offering both short term treatment, as well as long-term work, for those clients with more complex issues and requiring on-going support.

Alongside my private practice, I work as a psychotherapist for a counselling service in Cambridge, and prior to this, worked for the NHS and Mind. As a member of and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their ethical guidelines and codes of professional practice. I receive regular clinical supervision from accredited practitioners, follow a programme of continuing professional development to ensure my practice is both safe and current, and am also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for data protection.

For further details about how I practice, as well as more general information about counselling and psychotherapy, please visit my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling - University of Roehampton (BACP Accredited)
  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychoanalytic Theory - Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck University.

Previous to working as a psychotherapist I had a long career working as a research MRI radiographer, most recently at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Initial assessment: Free of charge
Regular session: £65 per session.

Each session lasts 50 minutes.

I am able to offer concessionary rates for those in difficult financial circumstances, so please get in touch and we can discuss a fee based on your personal circumstances.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

My regular working hours are Tuesday's and Thursday's 8am - 9pm. 

Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I have extensive experience offering online and telephone therapy. In my work as a therapist, I endeavour to accommodate my clients’ needs and circumstances, which may not always enable in-person attendance to sessions.

Lisa Van Hemert

Lisa Van Hemert