Life can be incredibly challenging. Sometimes we know the reason why we’re struggling and other times we just can’t really understand it.
Often, we repeat old patterns, knowing they don’t serve us, but feeling unable to bring them to an end. Sometimes we can feel frustrated and dissatisfied but can feel powerless to make change.
Some of the struggles that I have experience in working with are anger, sadness, isolation, stuckness, heartbreak and break ups, bereavement, work related issues such as not feeling good enough, burn out, unfair treatment and career changes.
My practice is diverse, and I welcome people from different cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, ages, and life experience.
I work with individuals and couples.
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Lisa Wadeson MBACP (Accred)
I am kind and approachable, and I offer a warm confidential environment where I work with consideration and clarity to support you to explore and understand what is troubling you, and ultimately to help you make decisions if necessary and find solutions to support your well-being.
Therapy starts with you. Our sessions go beyond everyday conversation, I will listen carefully to you, challenge you if appropriate, and help you make sense of your experience. We work in collaboration to establish a meaningful therapeutic relationship. I came to this work through my own experience of therapy, and I bring amongst other things, integrity, creativity, and sensitivity to the process.
Areas of interest
I’m particularly interested and experienced in working with self-esteem and self-worth. Sometimes we don’t feel good about ourselves, and we can’t identify the reason why. This leads us to accept less in relationships, engage with ‘toxic’ partners and continue patterns in work and friendships that don’t serve us such as sabotage, self-criticism and jealousy. Therapy with me can help you understand yourself, challenge your limiting beliefs and make changes that allow life to feel and be different.
Heartbreak and break ups
I work with both men and women going through divorce, separation or relationship break ups. The end of a relationship or contemplating the ending of one can leave us feeling devastated and disorientated. We can feel intense feelings of inadequacy or rejection and in turn this can cause intense suffering. We can try to make sense of the ending by blaming ourselves. Even if the ending was your choice, the sorrow can be overwhelming. I can help you navigate this tumultuous period, support you grieve and then start to identify and work towards readjusting and forming a satisfying life beyond the end of the relationship.
Men in the world
I have considerable experience in working with men, and in particular those who are high achieving professionals.
Society today seems to ask men to be all things to everyone, yet there are mixed cultural messages, For example, men are supposed to be strong yet flexible, both stoic and emotionally available, tough but gentle, good providers yet available fathers and partners, staunchly masculine and yet accepting of all possible orientations and gender identities. Men are bombarded daily with these types of mixed cultural messages.
Often the drive to achieve in your professional life can directly come into conflict with having a satisfying personal life, potentially leading to feelings of inadequacy, limited joy, loneliness and isolation.
I offer a confidential space to process difficult or confusing feelings and get non-judgmental support to manage and grow a more fulfilling life.
Working with an Accredited Therapist
I am a fully accredited Humanistic therapist. The accreditation process, which I have undergone, is a robust in-depth examination by my governing body BACP, of my understanding and competency in offering and engaging with the therapeutic process. It is awarded after a prolonged period of assessment, scrutiny and demonstration of an increased level of experience.
Therapy for couples
I work with couples to understand you, your relationship and what may be causing difficulty.
Sometimes relationships have ‘blips’ and perhaps it’s only a few sessions you need to work through a difficulty. However, sometimes the problem is more entrenched or you’re in crisis and a longer exploration and commitment is needed.
I work with you both to understand and identify the patterns and behaviours you are both bringing into the relationship and whether they are working to nurture and grow the relationship or feel like they are destructive and unhelpful.
Couples therapy is collaborative, helping both individuals to understand themselves and the relationship that they are both contributing to.
I work with couples who are wanting to stay together and those who have decided to separate. Sometimes it is not clear what is possible and we can work to explore and identify how to move forwards.
Being in a relationship can be excruciatingly difficult, painful and frustrating at times and I welcome your courage to find support and the rewards it can bring.
Difficulties in relationships arise from many different areas such as communication, money, betrayal, sex, intimacy, life-changing decisions, parenting and careers.
We all want to feel safe, nurtured and supported in our intimate relationships but sometimes even though we feel we’re doing our best to achieve this, we just don’t seem to be able to get there without help.
Criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling behaviours are some of the common blocks to intimacy that I see in my practice. I can help you both understand how you might adopt those patterns and offer real insight and help on starting to undo these and communicating more effectively.
I’m a warm, compassionate therapist and I bring intelligence, clarity, challenge and humour to the process.
I have stood in your shoes and have experience of my own therapy and of couples therapy. This allows me to stand wholeheartedly beside you both in this process.
If you’d like to find out more please contact me.
A little more about who I am
I’m a Northerner who settled ‘down South’ many years ago and I understand the struggles associated with life changes. I am a partner, a mother of teenagers, a working woman balancing commitments, a friend and a colleague.
Alongside my private practice and as part of belonging to a wider community I have worked for a charity for the past 7 years supporting vulnerable and oppressed groups to offer an opportunity to those would not normally be able to access psychotherapy.
Areas I work with:
- Anger & Conflict
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Bereavement, Grief & Loss
- Career & Work
- Couple Counselling for relationship difficulties
- Eating Disorders & Chaotic Eating
- Feeling stuck
- Life changes
- Pregnancy, parenting & family issues
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Esteem & Confidence
- Self criticism & self belief
- Sexuality & Sexual Problems
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
I’m a qualified Humanistic Psychotherapist my training was at Spectrum Therapy where it included:
- Certificate in online and telephone counselling
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Spectrum Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- BACP certificate of proficiency and BACP accredited register
- Spectrum Postgraduate Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Training: Working with couples
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Basic, intermediate and advanced Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence & Prevention
- Anger in the therapy room
- Relationship making
- Brief therapy
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy www.BACP.org
I hold the BACP certificate of Proficiency and am on the BACP register.
I am in on-going professional supervision and I regularly undertake courses for professional development.
Please email me to discuss therapy and ask any questions you may have about the process.
For Counselling and psychotherapy my fees are:
£105 per 50 minute session for individuals
£130 per 50 minute session for couples
Psychotherapy sessions at City Therapy Space: