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My name is Lisa Stocking and I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor with a BSc in Humanistic counselling, I provide both short and long-term therapy to young people and adults in West London. I offer counselling both online and face to face in a covid safe therapy space in W12.
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, when events or relationships feel overwhelming, or we can feel a loss of direction or purpose. It might be that you are struggling with a loss, bereavement or illness or how you relate to the world and those around you. It might be that you are wanting to talk about challenges from your past. Talking can help us make sense of things and offers a way through them, moving towards a better understanding of ourselves and our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I believe that through greater self awareness we all have the potential for healing and growth.
I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. I am experienced in working with significant loss through bereavement or illness, I work with the Mulberry Centre which is part of West Middlesex hospital providing counselling to people with cancer, carers and the bereaved. I am also experienced in working with parents who have suffered child loss, I work as a counsellor for Cosmic and NHS imperial trust.
I work with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, all kinds of relationship difficulties, as well as past traumas. I appreciate that sometimes it takes immense courage to ask for help and we can gently explore how we might work together to move forward.
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide a safe space to help you express and explore what is troubling you.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
My approach to therapy is humanistic, I draw on person-centred, transactional analysis and Gestalt which is tailored to your needs. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where the counsellor creates the right conditions and support to help you explore what you are struggling with, in your own time.
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can be heard and seen without judgement.
In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and confidentially.
Are you struggling with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression. Talking can help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how to move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, healthier choices moving forward.
“I had many negative thoughts in my head, I was desperate and battling anxiety and depression. Lisa was very kind and compassionate and helped me challenge my negative thoughts."
“When I started counselling I was very low and did not know how to start a conversation, after a few sessions I got used to it, Lisa really helped me express myself"
“I really am grateful for the wonderful support I received, I was feeling very low and could not see a way out, my counsellor helped me see that there is light at the end , with her kindness and understanding she gave me strength to go on”
" I have so appreciated my counselling sessions with you so much. I realise I have come a long way from a very dark place and these sessions have been a great help through your patience and understanding every time".
"Talking to my counsellor has helped me express what was inside and sometimes hidden. It has helped me understand who I am a bit more."
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family
I have a BSc(Hons) in Humanistic Counselling from Middlesex University and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute. I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework. (MBACP)
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people 6-8 sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availability. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availability.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
If you are in danger of harming yourself or other people I would consider breaking confidentiality but where possible it would be done with your consent.
I offer a free initial introductory conversation for us to find out a bit about each other, what brings you to therapy and what you want to get out of it, you can also ask any questions you may have. If we decide to work together we will arrange a suitable time to meet each week. This session will then be allocated to you. The first session will be an assessment session where I will take information about you to help me have a better understanding of how I can work with you and what you need, it will also be a further chance for us to see if we are a good fit to work together.
Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £65 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income, please talk to me about this.
Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment by bank transfer in advance of the session.
I work from private offices located in W12, easily accessible from public transport.
In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer online counselling via Zoom or Skype. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.
Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £65 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students; contact me to enquire about availability.
Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment by bank transfer.
It takes courage making the decision to contact a therapist, but in my experience talking to someone can really help.