The Saffron Walden Therapy RoomCounselling and Personal Development

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change

- Carl Rogers

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Lisa Edmonds Dip. Couns., MBACP Registered

I am a qualified and experienced therapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I practice 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.

I work individually with adults aged eighteen and over.

My contact email is [email protected]

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. This can help us to identify:

  • why you cope with things in a particular way
  • why you feel and react the way you do
  • reasons why you may be experiencing anxiety
  • repeating patterns of unhelpful behaviour
  • how this may be impacting your life now
  • finding a way forward

    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    Sometimes our way of coping can become outdated leading us to unconsciously repeat patterns of behaviour which no longer work for us and can leave us feeling 'stuck'.
    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.


    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.

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    Qualifications and Training

    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Certificate in Counselling Skills
    Awareness in Bereavement Care

    Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies
    Advanced Certificate in Supervision
    Couple Counselling
    Psychodynamic Theory
    Humanistic Theory
    Introduction to Counselling Skills

    OCST Online Training
    Human Toolbox Practitioner
    Group Facilitation
    Family Counselling - An Introduction
    Prescribed Medication
    Legacy of Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Shame and Disconnection
    Personal Development
    Early Recollections
    Sex and Sexuality awareness
    Safe Trauma Therapy: An Introduction
    Working creatively with dreams
    Working creatively with clients
    Working with difference and resistant clients
    Eating Disorders
    Self-harm and Suicide Ideation
    A Child's Grief
    Sudden & Traumatic Death
    Bereavement and Trauma
    Bereaved by Suicide

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    Counselling therapy in Saffron Walden, Essex, within easy reach of Cambridge - Bishops Stortford - Stansted - Great Dunmow - Haverhill - Thaxted - Great Chesterford and surrounding villages

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