Lisa Waterhouse BSc (Hons) Adv. Dip Registered MBACP/UKCP
Hello and welcome!
At times life can feel overwhelming, fragmented or uncertain. If our daily lives become defined by experiences of depression, anxiety, loss, conflict or feelings such as despair, sadness and hopelessness, it can seem too too overwhelming to deal with alone.
Perhaps you are suffering as a result of a trauma in your life and are struggling to cope with painful and distressing feelings. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship or are struggling to cope with negative, or intrusive thoughts. You might feel you've lost your sense of enthusiasm, joy and pleasure in life and find yourself at a place where you wonder if there is a way forward from your situation. Counselling can help you learn more about yourself, what might be happening for you, and help you understand how your experiences today are influenced by experiences in the past. I believe in the value of self awareness and self acceptance by understanding, knowing and believing in who we are as individuals. It can help us to live bravely in our own skin and live the lives we want. I would be honoured to share this deeply personal and unique journey with you.
I am an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. Integrative counselling allows for flexibility which means that therapy is adaptable and responsive to the needs of my client. You are unique, and what would work well for you is not necessarily what would work for other people. My approach draws from Psychodynamic therapy as I believe that it can be important to understand the reasons behind the issues that bring you to counselling which are often rooted in the past. It can help us to understand the ways we think and act in the present, and to be able to make real and lasting changes in our lives. Depending on your needs, I also integrate a variety of other approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis, Humanistic, Gestalt and Mindfulness-based interventions. I am committed to providing a safe therapeutic environment and practice offering a supportive space to collaboratively explore any issues and difficulties you may be experiencing.
I offer an opportunity to use expressive art media in conjunction with talking. It can sometimes be hard to find the right words to express ourselves, describe our thoughts or voice our feelings to ourselves or those around us. Clients can begin to explore and express difficult emotions and experiences using sensory art materials, drawing and painting, collage, sand trays and use of colour. Whilst I am not an art therapist, I studied at the University of the Arts, London and Parsons School of Design in NYC and my own experience as a visual artist has given me a framework for my creative approach. I am passionate about providing opportunities for creative self-expression and to encourage and support my clients to communicate effectively and authentically.
Everyone has their own unique therapeutic journey and whatever brings you to counselling, we will work together creating a space for self-awareness, discovery, and change. My goal is to respectfully meet you where you are on your journey, and help you understand and work through your difficulties so you can move forward and overcome issues you may feel are holding you back. I place a strong emphasis on establishing a working relationship that is respectful, honest, genuine and trustworthy as I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to the process of change. One of my core beliefs as a therapist is the human capacity for growth and that clients of all backgrounds, identities and lifestyles can grow to trust and believe in their own gifts and unique perspectives.
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. My therapy room is a calm, quiet and comfortable garden room, with plenty of parking space available.
I work on a one to one basis with adults in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate and I am fully insured.
Please note: I don't currently work with children.
"I thought change in my life was impossible. I have learned a great deal about myself and have a clearer understanding of my situation. Lisa is a great listener and I have been able to let off steam, which has really helped. My life is already very different now."
"I came to counselling to stop feeling so depressed and overthinking everything, but I have got much more. I have begun to develop a sense of who I am, and have more confidence to be myself, which is something I've never had. I'm now able to begin to get on with my life and do things I didn't think I would be able to."
"Counselling has been such a support through a very difficult time in my life. It helps just knowing someone understands how you feel and is there for you. It really helped me get through this and has changed my approach to life."
"Lisa is perceptive and caring. She doesn't tell you what to do, but encourages you to find your own way. I've had CBT before but coming to Lisa for counselling has been a good space to come to talk about what is really bothering me and helped me take into account things I couldn't see before. I can understand my emotions now and how I feel. It has made a huge difference, especially being able to cope and manage better."
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling
Dip.HE Integrative counselling
Alongside private practice, I currently work in various settings as a play therapist for a leading charity. I also deliver workplace training on mental health issues, self harm and anxiety. I work with several other charities as a counsellor, supporting both adults and young people experiencing a wide range of difficulties.My diverse background includes working in various fields such as project management, retail management, adult education and childcare. As a practicing artist I have worked as an artist-in- residence, teaching creative projects in both primary and secondary schools and various community projects.
I am a registered member of BACP and UKCP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
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£50 per session
I offer a number of reduced-fee appointments to those on lower incomes. Please do get in touch for more information about my reduced-fee counselling services and availability.
You can contact me by email, telephone or text. Please leave a message if I am unable to answer your call. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am located in Spalding, Lincolnshire, within easy reach of the A16 and A17. I am in easy reach of Boston, Peterborough, Deepings and Stamford and just a short 15 minute walk from the train station and town centre. There is a bus stop opposite and ample parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My counselling room is on the first floor, which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Please contact me for more detailed information. Unfortunately, there is no access for wheelchairs.
I am available during usual working hours, and offer some limited evening appointments. Please get in touch for current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|