Welcome to Talk Dynamic personal therapy
Do you need someone to hear you in these most difficult of times?
‘During an incredibly challenging 2020, my counsellor, Lisa, was instrumental in helping me through a very difficult period. Our weekly chats helped me through a wide range of painful issues....The expert counselling I received has played a major part in seeing me through some of the hardest times.’ Client B
I keep hearing people say 'we're all in the same boat' in this pandemic. The fact is we are not. We are all in the same Covid 'sea' but all in different boats. Some of those boats are afloat. Some are taking water. Some have capsized and some of us are drowning.
If you are struggling and for whatever reason, talking about it with a trained professional can help. Please contact me for an initial no obligation discussion on 07789 278820.
As lockdown continues, I am offering clients online or telephone sessions as far as possible. Children, young people and the most vulnerable will be prioritised for face to face work.
Telephone or online is £45 for adults, £40 for under-18s, £55 for couples.
For those that will be attending in person, I conduct regular risk assessments for Covid-19. Please request a copy of this by email if you would like one. I ask those that attend face to face to follow the safety measures outlined below to keep themselves safe for the duration of your visit:
Please accept hand sanitiser offered upon entry to the house and in the counselling room.
Please allow me to open and close doors, windows and adjust furniture if needed for you whilst in the house and counselling room.
Please bring your own water if possible and take it home with you when you leave.
Please ensure all tissues are disposed of in the bin provided.
Please sit 2 metres from me in the counselling room.
Only attending sessions face to face if you and members of your household are well and Covid symptom free. If not, please inform me and we can rearrange your appointment or have an online or telephone session.
In addition, I commit to clients’ safety by:
ensuring circulating air flow with open windows as much as possible.
seating counselling clients near open windows to enjoy fresh air during the sessions.
providing fresh water and new glasses/water jugs for all clients.
cleaning soft and hard surfaces between clients.
If I or anyone in my household is unwell, or has coronavirus symptoms, I will inform you immediately and either rearrange your appointment or offer an online/phone session.
I am Lisa Hitchen, a BACP accredited counsellor, professionally trained in several approaches. I can offer short term or longer term therapeutic counselling from my calm, counselling space in my home in Lewisham or telephone or online therapy. I work with people of all ages and backgrounds from young children to older adults. This is your counselling and you choose how we work together. Please call me for a chat to find out more.
Anyone that is going through personal, emotional or mental health difficulties could benefit from counselling.
Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, lack of confidence, trauma, abuse, relationship or family problems, loss of a loved one. These are just some of the reasons people access counselling.
Through working together, I can help you to help yourself to make choices and changes, find acceptance and manage your life.
Investing time and energy in yourself could be the most powerful decision you make. It could help you see yourself and your world with a new perspective and give you the tools to make changes, get in touch with your feelings and become empowered.
We are all on personal journeys to learn about ourselves and our lives. The trouble is so often we only have the wisdom of insight after it is needed! Counselling can increase your awareness of what is going on around you and offer you the tools to make changes in the present moment. It can help you to reconsider where you are and reflect on the positive as well as reappraise the negative. If you are anxious, you can learn strategies to help you reduce your anxiety. Counselling can support you to develop ways to become more assertive. If you are disconnected emotionally, it can help you to feel your feelings and respond to them. We can explore anything you want to bring in a confidential space, without judgement.
Whether you are working, moving towards work or planning a career, education or work break for whatever reason, working life is complex and full of changes. In this 21st century world, the speed and demands on our time have grown but the routines of working, travelling, caring and domestic life are still there. Counselling can help you find perspective on all this, explore tricky work problems or relationships, help you with a change in direction or a better balance between life and work.
Both individuals and couples can benefit from the process of counselling to explore relationships. It is an opportunity to hear yourself and your partner, to focus on how you relate to each other and examine areas of stuckness and negative patterns. It can help you work on difficulties without arguing, build a new relationship or mend one that is flagging. Big changes like having children can be explored. Or, if you are wanting to end a relationship, it can help you fathom out how to do this.
Children and young people have a lot of challenges these days. Rapidly changing technology with its social and visual demands for attention as well as the growing pains of changing bodies, moods, relationships. Environmental issues, wars and uncertainty. All can have an impact on mental health and different ways of coping might include self-harm, drugs or suicidal thoughts. Having counselled many young people, I see they often have a greater receptivity to counselling than adults - whether through play, creative work or talking therapy. Change can happen as a result. Whatever you or your child brings, we can explore it.
We are social creatures and mostly live or are connected to family. But that does not mean we always get on. Being able to consider your family connections, past and present and the ways people relate to each other can help you to communicate differently. Also, to understand and accept how and why others are like they are - by standing in their shoes. Counselling could also help you to set up better boundaries, speak up for your needs and negotiate shared work and caring responsibilities.
Change and endings happen throughout life. The fast pace of moving forwards means ourselves and others expect us to get over loss and get on with life when we might not be ready to. Whether you have lost a parent, a partner, a child, moved home or country, lost contact with friends or lost your identity through new roles or decreased abilities, counselling can provide time and space to be heard, to feel and to acknowledge those changes.
Your childhood and the ways your carers built a relationship with you and the challenges of that past life all link to how you are today. Taking time to unpick this can help you in the present. You will become more aware of how others' ways of relating do not have to be how you have to be. Your new awareness will open up a greater field of vision for you - to see the past and to see the present with a wider and deeper perspective. That empowers you to makes the changes you want to make.
'I had an incredibly positive experience of counselling with Lisa. Something of a lifeline during a very worrying relationship breakdown. Lisa's calm and holistic approach led me through initial crisis management towards picking up some of the deeper behaviours and attitudes which had led to the current sadness. I recommend her services wholeheartedly.' Client C
'Lisa has been incredible and has given me a lot of support and has made me feel better. I didn't set a goal but I did express an interest in understanding my emotions and the reasons why things have happened - I feel Iike I have done this.' Client D
'Being able to come to a safe place and talk about things that are bothering me without being judged is absolutely priceless. I have increased self-awareness, reflected on certain issues and learnt to find my own way of dealing with them.' Client E
Abuse, Anxiety, Addictions, Anger, Attachment issues, Autism, Behavioural issues, Cancer, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ issues, Men’s issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Obsessions, Online therapy, Phobias, Pregnancy, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Relationships therapy, Redundancy, Self-harm, Sexual behaviour, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Telephone counselling, Trauma counselling, Work related issues.
09:00 – 20:00
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm