Lisa Zerafa MBACP Registered Therapeutic Counsellor for adults and young people
Hello and welcome to my page. My name is Lisa, I offer a private and professional counselling service within easy reach of Tring, Berkhamstead and Aylesbury. I provide counselling for as long or as little as you would like. The room I work from is peaceful, pleasant and comfortable. I have been a qualified counsellor for ten years, I offer telephone, live video and face to face counselling to young people and adults.
I believe for counselling to be successful, we need to feel heard, only then can healing begin. I provide a safe confidential space, so together with genuine curiosity, we can explore your life experiences, beliefs and values to empower you to move forward in your chosen direction.
I specialise in working with young people. I have a passion for supporting young people’s well being and respect a young persons ability to explore themselves to find their own identify. I offer talking therapy and can combine different therapeutic approaches depending on ones own specific needs and preferences. These may include: creative mindful techniques, relaxations, self esteem interventions, cognitive behaviour tools, journaling etc. It really does depend on how you would like to work together and what feels right for you.
On our first initial meeting; myself, the young person and the person with parental responsibility, can meet to share valuable information that can be of support to the young person. Then the young person can attend the counselling sessions by themselves. We will usually contract for six sessions, once the sessions have been completed, we can review how the young person would like to go forward.
Life can be tough and challenges are inevitable. At times we may experience ongoing pain, confusion and sadness. We may feel unable to find a way through the suffering. In these times we may try our best to solve our problems, but no matter what we do, the feelings repeat themselves. Leading to frustration and anger. At other times we may feel tired of the constant battle, so we sweep our feelings under the carpet, to find that they have a annoying habit of getting bigger and less manageable.This is when talking ones feelings through with a Counsellor can help. We are the only ones who know our own life story’s and what path we have already taken and what path we wish to chose for ourselves in the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
In my early career I worked therapeutically as a Support Worker in homeless hostels and secure residential settings. In the middle part of my career, I specialised in working with children and young adults with learning disability’s as a Mental Health Support Worker. I then trained as a Counsellor, and begun working as a Student Counsellor in a inner city school. I presently work as a Student Counsellor and work with adults and young people in private practice. In the last ten years in my spare time, I have run a selection of creative visualisation groups, to promote well being and creativity.
I undertook my training at the prestigious Iron Mill Institute, well known as being one of the leading counselling trainers within the uk. I am a BACP registered member and hold a Integrative Counselling Diploma Accredited by the BACP. I am fully insured and abide by the 'BACP Ethical Framework For Good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy'. I continually update my continued professional development, some of these courses include: Addiction, Attachment, Bereavement, Suicide and Trauma. I regularly attend mindful retreats and meditation classes to continue my own personal development. In the past I have run workshops for young people who suffer with anxiety
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 for 50 minutes face to face and £40 for telephone counselling. I am doing a reduced rate of £35 for key workers.