Lisa Wakefield MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
29 Springfield Avenue
Thank you for reading my profile. As a qualified and accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist I understand how important it is for people to feel comfortable enough to talk through their difficulties. Therefore, I offer a free 30 minute appointment so you can meet me and ask any questions you may have before deciding if counselling is right for you. I am a Person-Centred practitioner and clinical supervisor and have many years of experience working with adults,teenagers/adolescents and children of all ages as well as couples and families/work. I work from home in a room that is a therapeutic, private space for clients to explore their personal experiences. I have regular supervision to ensure best practice.
What is Counselling/Psychotherapy
Counselling/Psychotherapy is an opportunity for people to explore problems they may be experiencing or to talk through traumatic or distressing events in their lives. Sharing these with a trained professional can help you to come to terms with your feelings and/or find solutions to your problems. Counselling is usually shorter term work that focuses on one particular problem and isn't so in-depth. Psychotherapy tends to be a longer process and involves the therapist and client working together at relational depth and exploring both past and present experiences. It can be more helpful for past trauma such as sexual abuse, rape or for complex bereavement.
A Person-Centred therapist puts the trust in the client to work out what is best for them and to find ways of moving forward. The therapy isn't directive or advice based but focuses on a relational process between the client and their therapist as well as all your other relationships. The BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) has produced information leaflets that you may find useful when looking for the right therapist for you.
I have a great deal of experience working with adults of all ages, children and young people, adapting my approach for younger clients using creative approaches to help them explore their feelings. I also work with couples who are experiencing difficulties within their relationship. Relationship counselling focuses on helping couples communicate their experiences and feelings, and work together to resolve issues between them.
My experience includes the following areas; bereavement; relationship difficulties; anxiety and depression; low self esteem and confidence; work problems; stress; post-natal depression; historical and sexual abuse; health problems; domestic violence; anger management, rape & trauma. I have worked in the voluntary sector, working for Derbyshire Rape Crisis, Cruse Bereavement Care and Hadhari Nari Project supporting women experiencing domestic violence.
We all experience difficulty in our relationships throughout our lives; work stresses and strains, differences in parenting style, blended families (step parents/children, adoption), financial problems, differing ambitions and expectations, illness, sexual issues, children's behaviour, exam stress - these are a few of the issues that can put a strain on relationships. Partners and family members will all have differing coping styles including; talking things through, withdrawing, becoming down, anxious or angry. It can feel almost impossible to work through our relationship difficulties when our styles of coping clash and our needs feel so different. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can talk openly and honestly with each other. It encourages more effective communication and an opportunity to explore problems and find ways of understanding each other and moving forwards. My training in this work is also Person-Centred and encompasses the same philosophy although I draw on other approaches to help people understand barriers to communication and to make sense of their relational dynamics.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Practice
This approach supports me in my work with children/young people and their families. DDP is a really helpful therapy for any family experiencing difficulties in managing their child/children. Children/young people can experience difficulties throughout their early and teenage years which may exhibit as behaviour difficulties, withdrawing and isolation, family conflict and school problems. DDP is based on and brings together attachment theory, what we understand about developmental trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and caregiving, intersubjectivity theory and child development.
Working with teenagers and adolescents
In the UK, 50 percent of all mental ill-health shows up by the age of fourteen and yet of all the teenagers struggling with emotional and behavioural problems, a mere 30 percent receive any sort of intervention or treatment. The other 70 percent simply struggle through their pain and emotional turmoil, doing their best to make it to adulthood. Yet research shows that untreated depression in the teenage years can lead to depression in adulthood, anti-social behaviour and suicide.
I work creatively, using tools and techniques relevant to adolescent development. Adults often feel awkward at embarking on an important conversation with a teenager, particularly in light of the often monosyllabic or grunting responses to their very best efforts. The research shows that for many teenagers, a sense of real connectedness with just one adult in their lives is enough to end their sense of aloneness, anger, feelings of being misunderstood.
General Anxiety Disorder
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, however, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.
I work with clients; helping them to understand the cause of their anxiety and the symptoms it presents. People can feel frightened and overwhelmed when they experience an episode of anxiety, and struggle to make sense of it. I help my clients to manage these symptoms by developing new skills and techniques to move forward with their day to day life.
Anything you discuss in your counselling sessions will remain confidential unless it is felt that you or someone else is at significant risk of harm.
I am also a Clinical Supervisor and I work with qualified and trainee therapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Theory & Studies
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- ABC Foundation Certificate in Bereavement
- Workshop on male power and masculinity in society
- Workshop on managing major disaster therapeutically - CRUSE
- Pet bereavement training - CRUSE
- Domestic Violence Training
- Historical Abuse/Rape Training
- Working with suicidal ideation and self harm
- Advanced Post Diploma in Couples Counselling, Counselling Works, Milton Keynes
- BACP Accreditation
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1, Adoptionplus, Milton Keynes
- Therapeutic work with teenagers. Tools and techniques for helping troubled teenagers
- Attachment Interventions
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas I work with are Domestic Violence, Cultural issues, Historical Abuse, Obesity and Eating Disorders.I have undertaken training in relationship therapy and work with couples, colleagues and family members and have a wide range of experience in this area.
I have enhanced DBS clearance.
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Counselling for individuals: £50 per hour session
Relationship/Couples Counselling: £60 per hour session
Family Counselling: £60 per hour session
Clinical Supervision: £50 per hour. Please contact me for details
Ample roadside and private drive parking.
Daytime and evening appointments available.
29 Springfield Avenue
If you would like to speak with me directly or for any cancellations please use my mobile number: 07974 834732.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer daytime and evening appointments. I also offer WhatsApp video calling.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I have obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision which was a Person-Centred course endorsed by the BACP.