Lisa Edmonds Dip. Couns., MBACP Registered
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My practice is in the heart of the historical medieval market town of Saffron Walden in North West Essex.
I am an integrative counsellor working mainly from a psychodynamic approach but also incorporating the concepts from other approaches such as humanistic person-centred. Being able to blend these approaches allows me to bring different elements to the therapy to suit what you need and works best for you.
How I work
People seek counselling for many different reasons and I understand the decision to come is not always an easy one. Therefore, I ensure I provide a warm and safe environment for you to openly explore what has brought you to counselling where you will be heard, understood and accepted without the fear of being judged.
The counsellor-client relationship is an important part of the therapy and you will be valued, encouraged and supported throughout our sessions together.
To help understand more about yourself part of our work will involve exploring your past which can help us to identify:
Allowing you to reflect on past experiences will help you to make sense of the present.
Some of our work will include looking at your defence mechanisms and coping strategies which are unconsciously put in place at times when we need to protect our own emotional well-being.
Sometimes our way of coping can become outdated leading us to unconsciously repeat patterns of behaviour which no longer work for us and can leave us feeling 'stuck'.
By bringing these behaviours into the conscious will enable us to replace them with better ways of coping which are more beneficial to your life now.
We will also look at your attachments with others and how you form relationships. Looking at the different relationships in your life, recognising the part they are playing and your role within them.
Exploring these and making sense of it all will help you to a place of deeper understanding and self-acceptance, allowing you to see other options available, enabling you the freedom to make changes and move forward.
Areas of Specialism - Bereavement and Loss
When someone we love dies it can be devastating. From that moment life as we know it changes and we find ourselves trying to find our way in the world without that person. It can be a scary and lonely place to be. Loss hurts.
I have significant experience working with those who have suffered a bereavement, helping them through one of the most difficult and painful times of their life. I provide a space which is safe, supportive and able to hold those painful overwhelming feelings with great care and compassion.
Loss can also be in the form of a break up of a relationship. We can grieve the loss of that relationship, the loss of the other person and the loss of what could have been.
Experience and Training
I have considerable experience of working with anxiety, relationship issues, stress related issues, perfectionism, family issues, trauma, bereavement, lack of confidence, communication issues, life-changing events and low self-esteem.
I was also an accredited bereavement volunteer with the national charity Cruse for a number of years.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Awareness in Bereavement Care
Introduction to Counselling Skills
Working creatively with clients
Working creatively with dreams
Working with difference and resistant clients
Self-harm and suicide ideation
A Child's Grief
Sudden & Traumatic Death
Bereavement and Trauma
Bereaved by Suicide